Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cycling to mark World Environment Day

More than 20 civil society organisations in Pyin Oo Lwin cooperated with the locals and rode bicycles around the city to educate the public on reducing the carbon footprint to mark World Environment Day which fell on June 5.

Cyclists promote environmental awareness in Pyin Oo Lwin. Photo - Thar GyiCyclists promote environmental awareness in Pyin Oo Lwin. Photo - Thar Gyi

U Zaw Than, secretary of Sein Lan Pyin Oo Lwin environmental conservation group, said that nearly 200 people cooperated with members of more than 20 civil society organisations and some government members, rode bicycles to educate the public on reducing carbon dioxide.

“Blood donation and social welfare organisations also participated. People from government organisations also got involved. Traffic police and security forces took part as well. In Pyin Oo Lwin, environmental damage is worsening. That’s why we held this campaigns on World Environment Day to provide environmental awareness on reducing carbon dioxide to the public,” he told The Myanmar Times.

The bicycle journey began from the city hall, then to the dahlia circle of Kandawgyi road, to Myo Shaung road, Cherry Road, Pone Nyet road; then to Pyin Oo Lwin’s Lashio road, and the trip was completed back to city hall; among the cyclists, Regional Hluttaw MP, U Aung Min, also rode alongside them.

“It’s not only to reduce carbon footprints or to make the environment cleaner, but it is also for health purposes. Traffic is also cleared. Additionally, the locals are enthusiastic about this. They put posters up near the crowded Pyin Oo Lwin market roundabout and clock tower.” Hluttaw MP U Aung Min told to The Myanmar Times.

Talks on protecting the natural environment and conservation were also given at the Pyin Oo Lwin city hall, on that day, by Sayar Myint Zaw, Sayar Nyi Pu Lay, Sayar Zaw Myint Maung, and Sayar Thet Naing Win.