News Details | 26-Mar-2010

NTU students say: “Go ‘straw-less’ and ‘lift-less’ for Earth’s sake!”

Some may think that it is really no big deal whether one uses a plastic straw or not, but not using a straw is one of those “baby steps” that can, in the long run, make a huge positive impact on our environment and planet.

In conjunction with Earth Hour, students from Earthlink NTU (Nanyang Technological University’s student environmental club) have been calling on their peers and the community to consider doing without a straw when purchasing drinks on campus and to use lifts less often.  The two-week “Straw-less” and “Lift-less” campaigns from 22 March to 2 April aim to raise public awareness about how simple everyday actions can reduce the impact that ordinary individuals have on the environment. 

Mr Adrian Koh, President of Earthlink NTU, says, “As a club of youths who care deeply about the state and future of the environment, we would like the spread the important message of environmental conservation to as many people as we can through these campaigns. Both campaigns aim to extend this message beyond Earth Hour, to remind everyone that each and every effort in not just energy conservation but also resource conservation counts towards protecting our environment.  The important thing is to start small, get aware, and take action.”

For the first time this year, Earthlink NTU is collaborating with the NTU Students’ Union to present the “Earth Hour Concert cum Countdown Event” on Saturday evening, 27 March 2010, for fellow students and the neighbouring community of Jurong. Some 200 people are expected to attend the meaningful and fun-filled evening of games, musical entertainment and star-gazing at the Pavilion outside the Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre. They will position themselves on the steps of the pavilion to form a giant “60”, the official Earth Hour logo. The formation will be lit up by the audience’s bright handphone screens.

2010 marks the second consecutive year that NTU will dim its lights on campus for Earth Hour.  The university will turn off all non-essential lights in common areas to reduce energy consumption from 8.30 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. on 27 March 2010. 

Earth Hour is a worldwide effort in which some one billion people will turn off their lights for one hour in a symbolic vote for action on global climate change. Organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, Earth Hour is being observed by more than 4,100 cities on seven continents. 

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