Joint Statement by Penang Green Council and Water Watch Penang on 5th October 2016.
Climate change is for real! In order to understand public perception and awareness on climate change, Penang Green Council is conducting a public survey in collaboration with Universiti Sains Malaysia, and Water Watch Penang. The duration for the survey will be from 1st October until 30th November 2016.
This project is named “Public Survey on Climate Change in Penang”. It aims to understand Penangites’ views and awareness on climate change and related issues. The outcomes of this project will be useful for developing Penang Green Agenda and local climate action plan to cope with climate change.
Climate change has been known as one of the greatest environmental challenges, releasing of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere has many disastrous impacts on the environment.
Two months ago, Dr David Carlson, Director of the World Climate Research Programme, said models of future warming had failed to predict the high temperatures recorded this year, suggesting they are under-estimating how hot the world will get.
This survey is to provide policy makers a better understanding of public perception and awareness on climate change issues. The survey will be an informative tool, providing accurate information and clues for developing strategies and public policies to make Penang a more sustainable and greener state.
Penang Green Council has been tasked to develop a “Penang Green Agenda” by incorporating United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to make Penang an environmentally sustainable state by 2030. These includes defining and measuring the state’s sustainability, identifying the approaches to combat the current and future environmental challenges and proposing measurable and feasible SDGs to achieve the state’s vision “Cleaner, Green, Safer, Healthier and Happier Penang”. The Public Survey on Climate Change in Penang is an initial phase to study and educate on sustainable development.
During the United Nation (UN) Summit 2015, world top leaders adopted 17 proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to call for actions by all countries to create a sustainable world. The SDGs, consisting of 169 targets, aims to stimulate actions by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the Earth to achieve sustainable development that meets the needs of the present and future generations by 2030.
The questionnaire is available online (www.pgc.com.my) onwards. We would like to hear your voice on climate change issue. For further information, you may contact Penang Green Council at 04-2503322.
Prof Chan Ngai Weng, President of Water Watch Penang
THING SIEW SHUEN, General Manager of Penang Green Council