JOHOR BARU: Society as a whole needs to be more conscious of the environmental impact of their actions in dumping rubbish in public places.
Besides being an eyesore, the dumping of rubbish, despite the numerous signboards placed all over to discourage and warn against such acts, shows poor environmental awareness among the people, says Stulang assemblyman Andrew Chen Kah Eng.
“We have not received any reports on illegal dumping sites in the Stulang area but there are still many places where we can see rubbish being dumped indiscriminately.
“Many still ignore the signs around them and this shows a lack of environmental awareness among the public, ” he said.
Chen said this when met at a press conference here about a “plogging” programme organised by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malacca-Johor with Johor Baru City Council, PNB Commercial and Pelangi Leisure Mall.
Originated from Europe, “plogging” is a combination of “picking up litter” with “jogging” and has become a popular way of exercise.
Chen said he hopes that the programme would help to increase awareness among the public on the importance of keeping the environment and their surroundings clean.
Programme coordinator Christine Lee said they hope to attract at least 1,000 participants to take part in the event on Sept 28.
“We will also be inviting students from several schools in the area to take part in the 5km walk.
“We hope that this would evoke a growing eco-consciousness among the public, especially because of all the environmental issues we are facing now, ” she said.
Lee added that the event, which starts at 7am at Pelangi Leisure Mall, will also include games, performances and lucky draws.