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The people of Macau need to improve their green awareness

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The environmental awareness of the people of Macau has increased but further improvements are needed, according to an environmental awareness survey. The Environmental Protection Bureau released the results last Friday to commemorate the 2012 Earth Day, under the theme of “Mobilize the Earth” – a program to raise global green awareness.
Survey results by the government show that Macau’s public environmental conservation awareness only scored 3.66 points (out of 5), which just reaches the medium level. It’s higher than the levels in Chinese mainland cities but below the US level.
The environment satisfaction index score is 5.4 points (out of 10), also at a medium level; while the environmental behaviour index, which indicates the level of green practice, is 4.22 points (out of 10), also a lower-middle level.
The survey shows that although Macau residents are concerned about the environmental problems of air pollution, coastal water quality and solid waste recovery, and generally agree with the urgency of environmental protection, their green awareness is yet to reach high enough levels.
Cheong Sio Kei, director of the Environmental Protection Bureau, said the authority would continue with public education, especially in schools, to boost green concepts among the public.
Speaking on the sidelines of the Earth Day event held last Friday in the Science Museum, Cheong also said the authority is yet to decide on whether to impose a levy on plastic bags, so there is no timetable for the relevant legislation. However the authority plans to run a trial program in government departments to reduce the use of plastic bags, and expand research to further promote the reduction of plastic bag usage in the public, as one of the environmental protection initiatives.
In addition, the road safety information centre near the Taipa military camp will be relocated further from the natural reserve area for birds.

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