The Ministry of Environment and World Wide Fund for Nature on Saturday appealed to the public to help protect the earth by reducing the use of electricity and water and also by planting trees.
The appeal was made during the celebration of 2019 Earth Hour under the theme “Connect to Earth” at AEON Mall 2 in Phnom Penh’s Sen Sok city.
Neth Pheaktra, spokesman of the Ministry of Environment, said at the event that the celebration was held to inspire the people to take more responsibility in ensuring sustainable energy use and help stop global warming by using renewable energy.
He said that currently, countries around the world, including Cambodia, are facing major environmental problems such as global warming, drought, floods, deforestation, the loss of biodiversity, lack of clean water and energy, communicable diseases and food security.
Mr Pheaktra said that improper disposal of solid and liquid waste and many other dangerous substances are also having negative impacts on the lives and welfare of the people, environmental hygiene and sustainable development.
“To address the above challenges and to restore environmental degradation, we have to join together to play our parts in protecting earth’s environment,” he said. “Each individual, village, commune, district and country worldwide should promote environmental protection, protect natural resources and conserve biodiversity to ensure sustainable living.”
Seng Teak, country director of WWF-Cambodia, said at the event that the Kingdom is rich in many rare natural resources and wildlife, but some important wild animals are extinct or cannot reproduce in Cambodian forests.
He noted that some wild animals are facing a serious threat of becoming extinct.
Mr Teak urged the authorities to immediate stop people from trapping, buying or selling wildlife as food.
“The ministries and authorities at all levels please continue to strengthen strict law enforcement and further punish the perpetrators who kill and traffick all kinds of wild animals,” he said.
Mr Teak also suggested that the Kingdom should consider using solar energy to help the current shortage of electricity supply which has led to frequent power cuts due to drought.
Huy Vuthy, a representative of Cambodia Brewery Limited, who sponsored the celebration, said he hoped people, especially youths, will continue to support efforts to protect the environment and natural resources for this and the next generation.
“The environmental issues are our problem, natural resources are our resources, so together we have a role to play in the protection and preservation of our natural resources as well as our earth,” he said.