Each year, 9 million tons of plastic waste ends up in the ocean, and Asia is responsible for more plastic waste leakage than the rest of the world combined. It’s estimated that this plastic waste could remain in the marine environment for 450 years or longer, and with the continuous usage of plastic in our everyday life, the problem is only getting worse.
This year, National Geographic is pushing forward its commitment to the environment by celebrating Earth Day with its annual Earth Day Run that’ll be taking place at Gamuda Walk, Kota Kemuning on 28 April 2019. With the theme Planet or Plastic?, the initiative aims to raise awareness of plastic pollution and reduce the amount of single-use plastic that enters the world’s oceans.
The Earth Day Run is supported by partners including Fox Sports, Stadium Astro, Fitness First and Zero Waste Malaysia, as well as Gamuda Land that’s returning as the official partner for the second year. This year’s event will host the usual 5km and 10km run for men and women, and for the first time ever, it’ll be introducing an exciting 2km running category exclusively for Gamuda Parks Junior Rangers aged 6 to 13.
“We highly commend National Geographic on its ongoing efforts to make our planet a better place for generations to come. This is in line with one of Gamuda Land’s brand values, which is to build our towns with respect to nature and the environment. It is about listening to what the land has to tell us, enabling us to mindfully masterplan our towns with respect to its natural attributes and contributing to a sustainable environment where our community thrives. This strategic partnership with National Geographic is one that Gamuda Land fully supports through our joint efforts in educating our communities — especially the children — on ways to live sustainably,” said Ngan Chee Meng, CEO of Gamuda Land.
In addition, the event will also be a powerful platform to share the Planet or Plastic? initiative with even more people. Runners and event-goers at this year’s Earth Day activities in Malaysia will be encouraged to take the official Planet or Plastic? pledge to reduce their usage of single-use plastic. No single-use plastic will be allowed at the event and all runners are advised to use reusable water bottles.
The ultimate goal of the initiative is to prevent one billion plastic items from reaching the ocean. Doing so will not only help to prevent millions of marine animals from being entangled in, suffocated by or accidentally ingesting plastic, but will also contribute to the overall health of the marine ecosystems and all who rely upon them.
Ready to save the planet? Get involved by joining the Earth Day Run in April 2019 and take the Planet or Plastic? pledge to show your commitment to reducing the use of single-use plastics. Visit National Geographic’s Earth Day Run 2019 website for more information and to sign up. You can also learn more about the Planet or Plastic? initiative on its respective website and take your pledge to choose the planet.
Check out the promotional video below.
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