The theme of this year's Earth Day continued from 2022's "Invest in Our Planet," emphasizing the urgent need for “protecting the earth” as not only everyone's responsibility but also a pressing matter. The EPA invited the public to participate in winning “green points” at the Taipei Zoo on 22 April, calling on individuals to invest in the environment through lifestyle changes and collectively practice "net-zero green living."
To promote collective practice of net-zero green living among the public, on Earth Day, 22 April, the EPA conducted face-to-face interactions with people at the "World Earth Day Fair" held at the Taipei Zoo. Starting from the question of "Why?" the EPA staff guided individuals on how to practice net-zero green living. They focused on various aspects of life, such as "a zero-waste low-carbon diet," to guide the public to implement net-zero green living and carbon reduction concepts in simple ways.
The EPA further enhanced the festivities at the fair by offering limited-time "green points" as a bonus. Anyone who visited the EPA's “Net-zero Green Living” booth and participated in the interactive quizzes on net-zero green living actions was eligible to receive an additional 10,000 green points (equivalent to NT$100 in eco-shopping credits) as an on-the-spot reward. Many people chose to take various forms of low-carbon transportation such as the metro or buses to reach the event venue.
The "green points" have diverse and extensive uses. They can be exchanged or used as discounts for eco-friendly products that bear the Green Mark, carbon footprint labels, and various environment-friendly certifications. They can also be used for discounts on services provided by green industries such as eco-friendly hotels, eco-travel agencies, ecological recreational and environmental education facilities, and green restaurants. By collecting green points, people found it easy to practice net-zero green living. For more information on the use of green points, visit the Green Point website at https://lihi1.com/rRYz7/epa.
Excerpt from Major Environmental Policies, April 2023
- Ministry of Environment