GLOBAL warming is an issue that has received much
media attention in recent times because of the threat that it poses to Mother Nature and
Understanding the global urgency for action against
this issue and due to its long-standing involvement and commitment to environment protection, YTL
Corporation Bhd recently launched Climate Change Week 2008 for the second consecutive
Through this event, the company hopes to raise
environmental consciousness among Malaysians and inspire them to be part of the solution to global
Climate Change Week was initiated last year following
the landmark report by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UNIPCC) that
stated that mankind had a short window of 10 years to address climate change before its negative
effects became irreversible.
"YTL strongly believes that environmental protection
is not only a moral issue, but an ethical responsibility, hence, our long-term commitment and
passionate involvement in conservation through the years," said YTL Corp managing director Tan Sri
Dr Francis Yeoh.
"Across the group, YTL has been working to reduce our
carbon footprint by conserving energy, cutting carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, as
well as supporting the development and implementation of clean technology in our companies and
Yeoh was speaking at the launch of the new Renewable
Energy and Environment Fund (REEF), an Asia-Pacific green investment fund that is set to create
opportunities for far-sighted investors who want to play their part in the climate change solution,
in conjunction with the launch of Climate Change Week.
One of the activities planned for the week from April
29 to May 4 is the global book launch of WASTEnomics:
Turning Waste Liabilities into Assets, a publication that
provides strategic insights into product and process innovation to minimise waste.
Other activities include the premiere screening of
the documentary The 11th
Hour, a film that is produced and narrated by
Hollywood actor and environmental activist Leonardo DiCaprio, which explores matters such as
what we can do as global citizens to change the course mankind is headed for.
The film will be screened at The KL Performing Arts
Centre (KLPac) from April 30 to May 4. Registration open until today online for tickets on a
Apart from these, a dynamic one-day business strategy
conference titled Energy, Security and Climate Change
in the 21st Century, which is about the critical role of
clean technology in tackling climate change challenges – specifically those related to energy and
the usage of natural resources – will be held on May 2 at the Carlton Conference Centre, Ritz
This will be followed by a Climate Change Youth
Workshop, a free interactive full-day workshop open to any secondary school in the Klang Valley at
KLPac on May 3.
There will also be a YTL Climate Change Gala held to
raise funds for three Malaysian conservation groups – the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), Reef
Check Malaysia (for coral reef conservation), and TrEEs (Treat Every Environment
For details on Climate Change Week 2008, including conference
registration and free movie ticket sign-up, visit www.ytlcommunity.com/climatechange.