23 May PENANG INTERNATIONAL GREEN CARNIVAL 2017
Statement by Phee Boon Poh, Penang State Exco Member, Welfare, Caring Society and Environment Committee Chairman cum Vice-Chairman of Penang Green Council, on 16 May 2017:
Penang International Green Carnival is fulfilling the commitment towards environment with awareness and protection with another weekend of exciting environmental related games, performance, and fun learning activities. The annual event is jointly organised by Penang Green Council (PGC) and Malaysian Green Building Confederation (MGBC) Northern Chapter, which will be held on 9th and 10th September at SETIA SPICE Convention Centre, Bayan Lepas, from 10am to 6pm.
Worldwide development have brought drastic changes and environmental challenges, especially in these few years. Based on the NAHRIM (National Hydraulic Research Institute of Malaysia) report, global temperature rise from 1901-2012 is between 0.69 – 1.08 degree celcius; while the global sea level rise from 1901-2010 is between 1.7mm – 2.1mm. Many small island states are threatened by rising sea levels. Penang Island possess most of the small island characteristic and is also exposed to these environmental challenges. For example, high population density, which increases the pressure on limited resources; overuse of resources; relatively small watersheds and threatened supplies of fresh water; costly public administration and infrastructure. Like many other places, Penang is perturbed with extreme weathers and rainstorms causing intensifying flash floods.
Massive destructions happening worldwide and the consequences of climate change have been witnessed. According to NASA, global temperature is continue rising and breaking the record once every three years. Meanwhile, January 2017 has broken a 30-year average temperature record for the month itself. Food security, changing pattern of production and so on. Is it natural disaster or man-created phenomenon? What can we do about climate change?
The theme of the carnival this year – AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE TOGETHER (ACCT), NOW! will attempt to answer this question with games, performance and fun learning activities that ensure kids and adults to enjoy the process of learning and discovery. Today, we would like to highlight two events here.
- TUBA Collection @ Penang International Green Carnival towards mercury/ lead sludge contamination avoidance under Minamata Convention on Mercury
The Minamata Convention on Mercury is an international treaty designed to protect human health and the environment from anthropogenic emissions and releases of mercury and mercury compounds. Malaysian Government has signed and is fully subscribed to the agreement on 24 September 2014.
In the recent years, LED lights are slowly replacing the conventional fluorescent lights. However, the disposal of toxic mercury contained fluorescent lights and also lead contained batteries are hazardous materials. Currently, there are no laws and regulations in Malaysia for the disposal of household TUBA, however we recognise that TUBA is hazardous to the environment especially to the waterway and human health and they should be disposed as scheduled waste.
We are delighted that Cenviro Sdn Bhd is collaborating with us for the first time in organising the collection of household used light Tubes and alkaline BAtteries (TUBA). Cenviro will provide the facilities to collect the household used light TUbes and alkaline BAtteries (TUBA) in Penang to create public awareness on safe disposal of TUBA. Wooden crates will be provided to contain used TUBA, after that the scheduled waste will be transported to a secured landfill for safe disposal.
The collection will start from 12pm to 4pm on the two-day event. Pre-registration is required for participants.
- The first kilogramme (kg) of your disposal is free-of-charge; and a nominal charge of RM5 will be imposed for every subsequent kg. Walk-in without pre-registration will be charged at RM15 per kg.
- Used TUBAs have to be wrapped properly before sending to disposal, they can be either wrapped in the original wrapping paper box of light tube, or put into transparent plastic bag, or tied up with ropes if the tube is in a long shape.
- Public who are interested in participating TUBA disposal must register with PGC before 3rd July 2017. Details can be found at: pgigc.com.my/2017/TUBA. Terms and conditions apply.
- MGBC Eco Power Run: Green Building, Healthy Lifestyle
Our MGBC Eco Power Run 2017 is back on 10 September (Sun) to stay green, fit and healthy! The 7 KM fun run is a part of the Penang International Green Carnival, proudly supported by our joint organiser – Malaysia Green Building Confederation Northern Chapter. Official apparel is sponsored by Ultron and co-sponsored by Emico. Come on over and take part for a good cause and to promote healthy lifestyle. Exciting lucky draw prizes await the participants after the run! Register by 31st July 2017 to enjoy early bird rate. For registration or inquiries, kindly contact Mr Kenny at 016-3415982.
Local organisations and companies that are providing solutions are welcomed to join Green Carnival as exhibitors. The booth space package is ready and we are now calling for participation. Enjoy a 20% Early Bird Discount when you register your interest by 30th June 2017 at www.pgigc.com.my.
For more updates about the event, kindly like and follow us on Penang International Green Carnival’s Facebook Page, or call 04- 250 3322 for any inquiries.
Phee Boon Poh