Do your bit during Earth Hour


PENANGITES will mark World Earth Hour 2012 by switching off lights for an hour and taking part in plenty of environment-friendly activities.

In addition to switching off non-essential lights from 8.30pm to 9.30pm to mark Earth Hour tomorrow, shoppers and visitors at Gurney Plaza could lend their support to this event by taking part in various activities being lined up at the plaza.

There will be a solar bus exhibition from 9am to 6pm and a lantern-making and lighting up event from 6.30pm till 9.30pm.

Other green activities included Glow In The Dark stone art for children from 7pm to 8.30pm and a performance from the Wondrous Band from Universiti Sains of Malaysia at the Kelawai entrance from 8pm to 9.30pm.

Shoppers should also look out for a give-away of free candles and glow sticks from 8.15pm at the mall.

Over at 1st Avenue, several programmes have also been lined up including Earth Hour Biggest Giant Puzzle Challenge (30x30) at 3pm, the 988 FM live event at 7.30pm and a countdown to lights out.

There will also be an eco-friendly cycling activity to light up the puzzle wording on the ground floor on that evening.

This year, Sunway Hotel is celebrating Earth Hour on a much bigger scale.

The hotel’s marketing & communications manager Siti Fatimah said that although it is just an hour on one night, with participation from millions world- wide, it would help make a big difference.

“Our ‘Tree Of Hope’ is made from flour dough and dried under the sun. It symbolises an old tree but if you water and nurture it, eventually it will grow.

“We would be planting five such trees to mark the fifth year celebration of the Earth Hour,’’ she said.

In an effort to conserve energy and mother nature, Island Plaza in collaboration with Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), will host myriad exciting activities throughout this month to support Earth Hour 2012.

The mall will host an exclusive exhibition- cum-seminar on Nature and The Environment as well as an interactive talk by MNS senior advisor Kanda Kumar to educate the public on the importance of household recycling.

Besides that, sale booths offering organic food, healthy bread and pastries as well as the selling and buying of old books have also been set up.

For shoppers who spend more than RM200 in a single receipt this month, they would be entitled to a free custom-made canvas shopping bag from the mall.

Over in Batu Ferringhi, the Hydro Hotel will be celebrating this global event by extending an additional 15 minutes of lights out.

An evening of candle-light BBQ entertainment, environment quiz trivia and an auction will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm.

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