SHAH ALAM: In conjunction with Earth Hour, all lights at the state secretariat and other state-owned buildings will be turned off for an hour from 8.30pm this Saturday.
“Turning off the lights for an hour will not solve global warming, but we believe that this symbolic move will help increase public awareness,” said state executive councillor for environment Elizabeth Wong.
She said this at a press conference during the state assembly meeting on Monday.
Wong also urged the public to join the state in an Earth Hour event organised by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) on March 31 at Dataran Kemerdekaan Shah Alam.
The highlight of the evening is cycling around the city with Shah Alam mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Atan at 9.30pm.
About 1,000 cyclists of all ages are expected to take part in the 10km ride starting from Dataran Kemerdekaan.
In addition, there will be a colouring competition for children, performances and free T-shirts for the first 300 participants.
The city council will also be organising a night cycling activity at the Shah Alam Lake Gardens on Satirday.
The event, which will start at 8.30pm, is open to all people of ages. Adults will cycle for 10km and children 2km.
There will also be a colouring contest for children and an environmental talk by a speaker from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
Among those scheduled to join cyclists are state executive councillor for youth and sports Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi and Mohd Jaafar.
A thousand people are expected to take part in the event.
For more information on the event, call MBSA’s youth and sport department at 03-5522 2733, 03-5522 2743 or visit their website at http://www.mbsa.gov.my.