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By Ling Hui
KUCHING, May 19: Sarawakians and the rest of the world may need to carry around oxygen tanks similar to the widespread wearing of face masks today, if carbon dioxide emissions continue to remain uncurbed.
Opar assemblyman Billy Sujang said, naturally or mechanically, the world would one day face oxygen depletion in the near future should people remain unmoved by climate change.
He said he was made to understand that 50 per cent of global warming is contributed by carbon dioxide, and that greenhouse gases are harmful to human health.
“All these greenhouse gases are released globally into the atmosphere triggering global warming and extreme climate change which result in natural disasters.
“If we don’t control the emission of these gases into the environment, one day we might need to carry our oxygen tanks everywhere we go, like how we have been using face masks for the past two years,” he said.
Sujang was debating the Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022 tabled by Deputy Premier of Sarawak Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) sitting here today.
In favour of the Bill, Sujang also said that the introduction of amenity forests which are for educational, research and recreational purposes, can boost local eco-tourism because the landscapes available in Sarawak are most interesting for exploration.
Through the Forests (Amendment) Bill 2022, the Sarawak government is proposing to license forest carbon activities over Sarawak land, permanent forests and alienated land. — DayakDaily