CHILDREN learnt a valuable lesson on saving Mother Earth as they cleaned up Kota Kemuning’s lakeside and commercial areas recently.
The Earth Warriors Mass Street Clean Up, organised by the Great Heart Charity Association, saw some 600 people rallying together to help make Kota Kemuning a cleaner place.
Students from nearby colleges and universities as well as young families turned up as early as 6.30am for the mass clean-up that was also held at four other locations.
The other locations were SMK Kota Kemuning, SJK (C) Chung Hua, SK Bukit Kemuning 2 and SK Kota Kemuning.
This brought the total participation to 2,000 people.
This is the fifth edition of the Earth Warriors Project.
They rallied the assistance of the Zone 12 Residents’ Representation Council (MPP) as well as Gamuda Walk, Hicom Gamuda and Gamuda Land.
Last year, the project was held in Jenjarom, Klang, Subang Jaya and Sekinchan.
Great Heart Charity Association vice-president Yuen Juin Hoe said based on previous projects, they found most people stopped littering as soon as they participated in a clean-up.
“When they clean up, they remember the hard work and stop immediately. That is the awareness we want to instil,” he said.
True to his word, students from Global Education Training Centre in Bukit Tinggi said they would probably think twice before littering.
Srinithiswaran Kumar,18, from Klang Jaya, said he used to throw rubbish out of the car but now felt that he would never do it again.
“After picking up the rubbish one by one, I don’t think I can bring myself to litter again. It is hard work and I realise now that we need to do our part,” he said.
Another student, Muhammad Aizul Shah Ardi Shahrum, 18, from AutoPrima College in Section 32, said he felt that the clean-up was an investment in the future.
He said the benefits of a clean environment was something his children would reap in the future.
“It is best we act on it now before it becomes too dirty and too much for us to handle. This is something we can change,” he said.
Mothers, such as 32-year-old Tan Cher Lynn, were also spotted enthusiastically cleaning the park and commercial areas while educating their children along the way.
Tan and her husband, Eng Guat Vee, were spotted teaching their children — Ethan, six, and Erynne Eng, three — the importance of picking up rubbish and differentiating them from leaves and other compositing materials.
She said they always taught their children not to litter, especially after they spotted others doing the same.
Teachers Padma Ramoo, 52, Pusparani Subramaniam, 58 and Shanty Appukuttan, 50 decided to skip their walk at the lakeside to join in the gotong-royong.
The women came across the ad for the Earth Warriors event on Facebook and decided to get their morning exercise while doing a little social service on the side.
The women also joined in the morning workout while chatting with fellow volunteers.
“It is great to start young and the clean-up is especially important now with dengue and Zika on the rise,” she said.
Also present at the event was Kamarudzaman Sanusi, who is special aide to Sri Muda assemblyman Shuhaimi Shafiei.
Kamarudzaman said he was happy to see the programme involving students from various schools since the state was trying to encourage youngsters to be involved in educational projects.
“This is good so that they stay away from social ills such as mat rempit, drugs and alcohol.
“With the Zika and dengue outbreak, our environment needs to be clean,” he said.
Kamarudzaman also urged the people to get involved in all gotong-royong programmes and ditch the “I only care for my own backyard” attitude.