Earth Day: Mauritian Ministers appeal Mauritians to go to work by bike on that day
Ministers Xavier Luc Duval, Michael Sik Yuen and Lormus Bundhoo have made an appeal to Mauritians for them to go to work by bike for Earth day which will be celebrated on the 23rd April 2012.
It is on their bikes that the Deputy Prime Minister Xavier Luc Duval went to the office this Friday, April 6. His colleagues, Minister of Tourism, Michael Sik Yuen, and Minister of Health, Lormus Bundhoo, followed his example.
“Today we wanted to set an example for citizens to encourage them to do the same next Monday, April 23 to mark the Earth Day,” said Xavier Luc Duval, who met the press in front of the Hotel government.
Through this initiative, the Minister says he wants to invite Mauritians to put more emphasis on physical activities. “There are only 23% of men who practice regular physical activities, whereas in women, they are only 10%. This is alarming,” noted the Minister of Finance.
Xavier Luc Duval also indicated that the lack of interest in exercises leads to the fact that 23% of the population suffers from diabetes, while 38% of people aged over 28 suffer from cardiovascular disease.
In addition to keeping fit, going to work by bike is also an ecological practice. “The bicycle emits no air pollution and noise. Maurice will come out as a winner “, he added.
He also stated that the Ministry of Transport will take the necessary measures in road safety to facilitate the movement of all those participating in this exercise.
The Minister of Health, meanwhile, launched an appeal for every Mauritian to practice at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.