The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) yesterday inaugurated Earth and Environment Season, which will last from Earth Day on April 22 to World Environment Day on June 5.
“Environmental protection should transcend ethnicity, age, skin color, occupation and gender. Everyone should be involved in protecting the only Earth we have,” EPA Comprehensive Planning Department Director-General Yeh Jiunn-Horng (葉俊宏) said yesterday at a press conference.
Yeh said that the EPA had decided to provide people with the chance to really participate in this year’s events for Earth Day and World Environment Day, adding that in the past, environmental events were more ceremonial than interactive.
“Beach cleaning will take place along the coastline, green film festivals will take place in 25 cities and counties and there will be a competition for ‘innovative king of environmental protection for public servants,’” Yeh said, adding that Penghu County had planned a “beach cleaning week” for its citizens.
Far Eastern Group (遠東集團) has also announced that people can accumulate “Happy Go” card points from Saturday until the end of this month by bringing plastic drink bottles to any of the eight Far Eastern department stores or 15 Geant hypermarkets across the nation.
Happy Go is a card that lets people accumulate points with purchases in a number of stores, including Far Eastern Department Store, Sogo Department Store and Kingstone online bookstore, to use as cash rebates for later purchases.
They can also use the points to collect prizes.