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Beyond Earth Hour – Steps to combat climate change

Earth Hour 2015.
Earth Hour 2015.

 

KOTA KINABALU – Earth Hour a global environmental initiative in partnership will be held in Kudat this year.

Held with World Wide Fund (WWF) as well as individuals, businesses, governments and communities the event which will start with a five kilometres Earth Hour Run hoped to show their support for environmentally sustainable action.

Earth Hour is an important first step to generate awareness, interest and concern over the global threat of climate change. With this, WWF expects to instigate effective changes in behaviour to reduce human activities causing climate change.

The Earth Hour Run event will start at 4 pm at the Esplanade Kudat on March, 28 after which the lights will be turned off for an hour to support the environmental sustainable action, starting from 8.30 pm.

“Earth Hour is not just about going dark for a single hour every year. This year Earth Hour give a strong message for everyone to make a small everyday lifestyle changes that will collectively have an impact on climate change. The solutions must come from community participation,” said Kudat District Officer Sapdin Ibrahim.

Before the light went off at Kota Kinabalu City.
Before the light went off at Kota Kinabalu City.

The Earth Hour 2015 Run is jointly organised with Sabah Parks, Lembaga Bandaran Kudat, Tun Mustapha Park Community Conservation Group, Kudat Turtle Conservation Society, and WWF-Malaysia.

“We are happy to work together with WWF-Malaysia and other partners on this exciting event, which serves as a platform to create awareness among the younger generation on the importance of conserving the rich biological diversity and ensuring the sustainable use of our natural marine resources,” said Sabah Parks Director Dr Jamili Nais.

Earth Hour started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia when 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned off their lights for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

For years, many countries take part in the event. Last year Earth Hour took place in more than 7000 cities and towns in 162 countries and territories across all seven continents, becoming the world’s largest mass participation event in history.

“The message is for us to protect and conserve nature and biodiversity as part of our developmental agenda at all levels: sub-national, national and international. The sooner we transition into the Age of Sustainability, with conservation at the very heart, the better prepared we will be to face impacts of a changing climate and in fact harness the opportunities brought about by it as well,” said the WWF-Malaysia Deputy Head of Marine Robecca Jumin.

The State Government of Sabah never neglected the importance of environment and conservation. Currently, the government is working through with the proposed to establish the Tun Mustapha Park (TMP) under the lead agency of Sabah Parks.

According to the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun, the government is in full-swing to realize the efforts. He disclosed that TMP will be gazetted mid-next year.

Once gazetted, TMP will be the largest marine protected area in Malaysia, ensuring the sustainable management of significant marine resources for the long term benefit of more than 80,000 people living on the coast and islands in the area.

“Effective management of the park will ensure the viability of the fishery resources present in the TMP. On top of this, well managed and protected marine ecosystems will help reduce the vulnerability of coral reefs and enable them to adapt to and withstand impacts of climate change. Supporting the establishment of marine protected areas, such as the proposed TMP, will promote natural resistance and resilience of marine ecosystems,” said WWF-Malaysia Executive Director Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma.

WWF-Malaysia hopes that with heightened awareness of climate issues and solutions through the Earth Hour 2015 event, the communities in Kudat, those living on the TMP islands and the Sabahans will continue to show their concern about climate change by conserving and using energy efficiently and generally avoiding wasteful consumption.

Everyone is invited to take part in the Earth Hour 2015 Run in Kudat. Participants may signed up at www.facebook.com/KTCS.BORNEO. – SayangSabah

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