Saturday, May 31, 2008

Green Everyday programme by The Star and partners to create awareness on environ

The Star, May 3l, 2008 By DEBBIE CHAN

ENVIRONMENTAL issues have been grabbing the headlines of late and it's an issue that affects everyone on a global scale.

As part of the efforts to help bring awareness about environmental issues to our community, The Star will be organising the Green Everyday – Act Now celebration which will culminate in a day-long event on June 8 at Bukit Kiara Park.

The place: Bukit Kiara park.

To kick off the campaign, The Star’s group chief editor Datuk Wong Chun Wai and Bonuskad Loyalty Sdn Bhd general manager Victor Goon will be pinning their pledges on the ‘MY Act’ Board as a start of their commitment towards doing their part for the environment on June 2. Bonuslink is the sponsor for the Green Everyday – Act Now event.

The MY Act board serves as a platform for people to pin their pledges to help support the green cause. The pledges could range from simple acts like reducing the use of paper to more large-scale commitments like companies taking on more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. The pledges are significant of the commitment to act now and change little habits in our everyday lifestyles to help save the environment.

In the run-up to the event, The Star has gathered personalities and leaders of our communities to come join and support the green cause.

On June 3, Selangor state exco holding the portfolio of environment and tourism cum state assemblyman for Bukit Lanjan Elizabeth Wong will be pinning her pledge on the MY Act board. Since sworn into office, Wong has spearheaded many new projects to bring environmental awareness to the local communities. Local actress and singer Maya Karin will also be joining her.

Wong: Spearheading projects that are sensitive to the environment.

Friends of Gasing Hill, the non-governmental organisation that has been fighting for years to protect Bukit Gasing from indiscriminate development, would also be pledging their commitments on June 4. Friends of Kota Damansara Park will also be making their commitments to the environment on June 7.

Subang Jaya state assemblyman Hannah Yeoh will be making her pledge on June 5 while June 6 will see youngsters and peer educators making their pledges. Many other personalities, sportsmen and celebrities will also be making their pledges on June 8 at the event itself.

Part of the Green Everyday-Act Now campaign, StarYouth also organised the P2P Greeniz programme which saw 31 youngsters travelling to Kinabatangan River to learn about environment conversation and sustainability efforts. The programme was to give youngsters an opportunity to become peer educators and to spread the green message to their friends and families back home.

On June 8, there will be an array of activities from various environmental and community groups at the park. Look out for more information on the participants of the event in StarMetro.

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