Inspiring others to protect the planet (The Star, 2 April 2012)

The Star, 2 April 2012

Inspiring others to protect the planet

Green Warriors spread green message

By Fazleena Aziz and Tho Xin Yi

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THE Green Warriors and Eco Ambassadors marched into Bangsar Village II echoing the worldwide campaign message to protect the planet during the Earth Hour celebration on Saturday. The event was organised by the Green Lifestyle Association in collaboration with 1M Lembah Pantai and Bangsar Village as well as patron Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin. It was held to raise awareness about sustainable living powered by community and students. The Green Lifestyle Association’s warriors and ambassadors held placards around the mall in a unique flash mob.The flash mob engages the community to take up the challenge and civic cause via a ‘high five’ and give personal ownership. Live acoustic performances by Fazrul Sher, Ahmad Francesco and the Jangan Panic group, The Sleeping Band and accapella choir by Rom & Joe led by Nana Zain entertained the guests and mall-goers while helping to spread the green initiative message. Part of the lights in Bangsar Village II were later switched off in support of the Earth Hour. According to Raja Nong Chik, the worldwide celebration was in line with the Greater KL of sustainability and livability concepts. He said Earth Hour was a good exercise to raise the needed awareness. “This will allow people to reflect upon the importance of conserving energy and preparing for the future. Even the cost of fuel has increased, so we must play our part in preserving the environment,” he said after signing the Earth Hour pledge.

Meanwhile, the warm glow of candles brightened the facade of Sunway Pyramid when the lights were switched off for an hour last Saturday to mark Earth Hour. Holding candles in their hands, the public were entertained by the SnL singers who presented five songs. Flash mob dancers stole the crowd’s attention with Dance in the Dark to music by the Air Symphony Wind Orchestra. Meanwhile, students from local colleges gathered in a “60” human formation to symbolise the 60 minutes used to raise awareness of climate change around the world. The event also received support from local celebrities like Amanda Imani, Rina Omar, Soo Wincci, Amber Chia, Joey G, Jeremy Teo, Xandria Ooi, Yuri Wong and Chermaine Poo. The campaign is themed “I Will If You Will” to challenge people to come up with a personal advocacy and inspire others to act for the environment.

WWF-Malaysia executive director and chief executive officer Datuk Dr Dionysius Sharma’s pledge was to sing a green-themed song at a WWF project site if 10,000 people pledge to live green on WWF-Malaysia website (www.wwf.org.my) from now till World Oceans Day on June 8. In his speech, Dr Sharma noted the importance of carrying the conservation message beyond the one hour. This year marked the first collaboration between WWF-Malaysia and Sunway Shopping Malls, the official venue sponsor, to organise the Earth Hour event. Sunway Shopping Malls chief executive officer HC Chan listed low energy bulbs, car park guiding system and waterless urinals as some of the efforts taken by the mall management to go green.

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