Calling all to address environmental issues

KUCHING: World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) is calling all Malaysians to support its #SpeakUpForNature campaign.

WWF-Malaysia said the campaign was initiated in line with Earth Hour 2021, and the public is encouraged to join the collective effort to write a letter to the state leaders, addressing environmental issues.

“The 2020 global Living Planet Index shows an average of 68 percent drop in monitored populations of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and fish between 1970 and 2016.

“Embracing the spirit of citizen action, this campaign calls for collective participation to raise awareness.

“This is an avenue for individuals to voice out their opinions about environmental issues through letters directed to the state government exco (environment) and mayor (for states without environmental exco),” it said in a statement recently.

As the figure has been devastating, WWF-Malaysia has called upon the public to examine their neighbourhoods and look for environmental issues that can be tackled by state leaders.

“Write and tell them what is important to you. Change begins with us and we should start by managing the environmental problems within our surroundings.

“It can be as simple as asking them to provide trash bins or fix the clogged drains. Write and ask for what matters to the community.

“This information helps them as they make decisions that affect your community and the people who live there. If you want to inspire change within your community or school, use this avenue to advance your cause,” it said.

Through the avenue, WWF-Malaysia hoped that the letters will spark debate for more supports.

“The views, opinions, facts and figures expressed in the letters are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy, position or recommendations of WWF-Malaysia.

“Passion can lead to powerful letters. Write your thoughts respectfully and be mindful of the language used to address the issues,” it said.

To participate, youth and environmental activist can check out The campaign period is from December 2020 until March 28, 2021.