Pledges for Earth

Posted on March 22, 2011. Filed under: Energy |

-The Star-

SOME notable actions announced at the global launch of Earth Hour 2011 in Singapore include:

> The Government of Nepal has committed to stop tree-felling in the Churiya Range, a vital ecological and sociological forest area of more than 23,000sqkm.

> Mengniu Dairy of China is doubling the number of milk cartons it recycles, and increasing its use of Forest Stewardship Council-certified packaging.

> Credit Suisse AG became carbon neutral in 2010 through its global Credit Suisse Cares for Climate initiative. It is going “beyond the hour” by sending its staff to a Brazilian forest reserve to support field research into the effects of climate change.

> Chinese acting/singing sensation Li Bingbing is becoming a vegetarian for 100 days to reduce the carbon dioxide emitted in meat production.

> Sydney mayor, Clover Moore, has committed to building another six separated cycleways, installing LED lights in parks and streets, and endorsing a tri-generation plant to generate power in a more efficient manner.

> Chloe Nicol, seven, from Australia, is guiding her school to increase recycling and reduce energy wastage. The school now lowers window blinds instead of using air-conditioning to cool rooms.

> Parrys Raines, a 15-year-old Australian girl, has convinced her school to install water filling stations and provide students and teachers with reusable stainless steel drinking bottles.

> Pakistan cricket legend Wasim Akram has pledged to stop using plastic bags, to recycle and reuse, and to promote and encourage the same behaviour throughout Pakistan and the rest of the world.

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