Starchild: Why Malaysian children want to protect Mother Earth

Zachary Sanjay Joseph, 6

Earth Day is observed on April 22 every year. It is the most celebrated environmental event around the world. As many as 192 countries participate in a week-long series of activities to show support for environmental protection and awareness.

The theme for Earth Day 2023 is “Invest In Our Planet”, continuing with the same theme from 2022.

Here are the letters from Starchild readers on the topic, Earth Day.

Feivul Lee, 9Feivul Lee, 9

Nine-year-old Feivul Lee encourages people to do their part to protect Mother Earth.

“My family always turns off electrical equipment when we do not use them. We should always look out of our window and say, ‘Thank you, Mother Earth’ for giving us food, animals, plants and life.”

“For Earth Day, I hope people are reminded to protect Earth. We must take care of our planet so that we can live in a nice place. Let us protect Mother Earth so that it will not become dry and lifeless. I hope animals will not become extinct like dinosaurs,” says Zachary Sanjay Joseph, six.

Hayley Liew Xin Yi, nine, says: “Three tips to keep Mother Earth clean are do not litter, do not chop trees and clean up after your pets poop outside. Happy Earth Day!”

Hayley Liew Xin Yi, 9Hayley Liew Xin Yi, 9

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 11, writes: “There are many ways that we can invest in our planet. We can use renewable sources, practise the 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse and Recycle), plant seedlings, and conserve water. If we do this continuously, we can save our planet and our future.”

Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 11Jayden Tan Li Sheng, 11

“During Earth Day, people would collect and throw rubbish – in a correct manner – or they would do lots of recycling. If we don’t, Mother Earth would be ‘sick’. There wouldn’t be healthy air for living things. The weather would be very hot. Malaysia is hot enough. Let’s do our part to conserve energy,” writes Chuah Seng Koon, seven.

Chuah Seng Koon, 7Chuah Seng Koon, 7

Eight-year-old Bethany Wang Qi Syuen says to protect Mother Earth, people should plant more trees and not litter.

“We should also shop with reusable bags instead of plastic bags. Use glass containers rather than (single-use) plastic containers for takeaway food.”

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 8Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 8

Younger sibling Asher Wang Qi Chuen, five, says: “We can use public transportation or drive an electric car to reduce smoke emission that pollutes the air. We can also use energy from solar panels to charge our many electrical gadgets since it is more environmentally friendly.”

Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 5Asher Wang Qi Chuen, 5

Seven-year-old Gilon Lee writes: “When it was Earth Day, my family and I watched the movie Shazam. What a coincidence that we lit many candles in our house. It was so dark that I couldn’t even find my way to different parts of my house!”

Gilon Lee, 7Gilon Lee, 7

ITEM: What would the world look like in 50 years? Do you envision people travelling on underwater roads or in personal air taxis? Do you daydream about being a space tourist? How about self-cleaning robots to clean your home?

Or do you think the world will have cleaner air and beautiful beaches or the other way round?

Email your contributions to by May 12. Please put “STARCHILD: 50 Years From Now” in the subject line of your email.

Scanned drawings should be in jpeg format, with a resolution of 200dpi. Your contributions must carry your full name, age (open to children aged 12 and below only), gender, phone contact and address.

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