Press Release

Public Invited to Beach Clean Up in KK, Lahad Datu

KOTA KINABALU (7th October 2010): The public is invited to clean up two beaches in Sabah this Sunday as part of a global event to stop climate change.

The clean up activities will be carried out at Tanjung Aru’s first beach near here, and at Kampung Sinakut about 100 kilometres from Lahad Datu, from 9.30am.

The Sabah event to raise awareness on issues such as renewable energy, joins over 6,000 Global Work Parties that will be carried out worldwide on Oct 10 to push for a cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

Green SURF (Sabah Unite to Re-Power the Future) registered the local event with 350.org, an international grassroots campaign aimed at mobilizing people to bring carbon dioxide emissions back down to and below the scientifically-determined safe level of 350 parts per million (ppm), from the current 390ppm level.

Green SURF’s Ms. Cynthia Ong said the coalition is hopeful of attracting a good crowd to both locations, which are vulnerable to rising sea levels resulting from climate change.

“We have seen a lot of support from locals who want Sabah to go for clean energy in solving its power shortage problem.

“This global event on our shores is a good way for the public to learn more about climate change, which is an issue that is not isolated to some parts of the world. It has an impact on all of us,” Ong said in a statement issued today.

She said Green SURF members will work with those who show up to create the number “350” using collected trash.

Green SURF comprises Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) of which Ong is Executive Director, WWF Malaysia, Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) Sabah branch and Partners of Community Organisations (PACOS).

The five NGOs came together a year ago after the Federal Government announced the construction of a coal plant at Kampung Sinakut, at the shores of the Coral Triangle.

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