Opening Speech by Lim Guan Eng, the Chief Minister of Penang and Chairman of Penang Green Council during the launching of Penang Green Carnival 2015

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MAKE OUR FOOD LAST, CONSUME WITH CARE

Good Morning and Welcome to the Penang Green Carnival 2015!

First and foremost, it is a great honour for me to officiate the Penang Green Carnival, themed “Make Our Food Last” today. In conjunction with the World Environment Day and World Expo Milano 2015, Penang fulfills its responsibility as an international livable city in encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the global food security & safety issues. Let us manage food resources in a sustainable way to “make our food last”.

I would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to the joint organisers – 1st Avenue Penang, Malaysia Green Building Confederation (MGBC) and Green Building Index Sdn Bhd (GBI). Our supporting partners – Penang Institute, Sunshine Garden Centre Sdn Bhd, Jasper Promenade Sdn Bhd and ICT Mall. Not forgetting, our co-organisers – Sand Art Corner, Green Cap Ventures, School of Industrial Technology USM and WWF Malaysia.

Penang Green Council has been continuing their green initiatives through their  highlight event – the Penang Green Carnival. This year, we are proud to see more than 50 exhibitors and activities partners on board, ranging from non-commercial sectors (e.g. NGOs, NPOs and CBOs) to commercial companies.

According to the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), if current consumption and production practices remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, the world food production will need to rise by 70%. The amount of food wasted and lost around the world is nearing critical tipping points, pushed by high population growth and economic development. In contrast, in Malaysia, 45% from 33,000 tonnes of solid waste produced per day are actually Food Waste. With the current rate of waste generated, it is estimated that by 2020, Peninsular Malaysia will fill nearly 16 Petronas Towers with the food waste produced.

The carnival this year is the opportunity for us to realise our responsibility as agents of change to sustain the global food system and maintain the ecological system. It also teaches us the meaning of sustainability – using resources today in a manner that they are still available tomorrow.

In our quest to make Penang the first green state of Malaysia, Penang is the first state to ban free plastic bags at shopping centers, ban polystrene boxes and achieve the highest recycling rate of 32% in 2015. This 32% recycling rate achieved far exceeds the national target of 20% recycling rate by 2020.

We continue that quest by having the first Penang state government’s green building – the RM25 million Penang Tech Dome, our forward-looking initiative to rekindle the young’s interest in science and technology. The state government is also taking pro-active measures in preserving our flora and fauna as shown by Penang Hill and Penang Botanical Gardens. Our efforts have attracted international interest with the popular UK period drama, “Indian Summers”, choosing Penang as their film location because it is the only place in the world that still retains the old-world charm and surroundings as well as the heritage buildings.

We would like to thank our event’s Smart Solution Partner – Ace Dot My Sdn Bhd, Transport Solution Partner – Tripda (Malaysia) , our event sponsors – TMT Online Sdn Bhd, OOHM International Holdings Sdn Bhd, XOX Com Sdn Bhd, Matahari Uniform Centre Sdn Bhd, Nets Printwork Sdn Bhd, Aim Max Media Sdn Bhd, Optimal Media Sdn Bhd, Gurl Studio, Vees Kitchen Appliances, Wangchao Restaurant and Buffet Catering and Chef Teoh Jun Hung.

Finally, kudos for your dedication and contributions in securing the environment for the sake of our children’s future! The vision to make Penang a Cleaner, Greener, Healthier and Safer state is impossible without each and every one of you. Remember we do not inherit the earth but only borrow it from our children. Make our world green so that our kids will remember us for the good we have done.

Ladies and Gentlemen, with great pleasure, the Penang Green Carnival 2015 will now officially begin!
Thank you!

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