Programme lets youths take the lead in conservation efforts

The programme is aimed at enabling SJIS students to contribute towards sustainable practices.

AS part of its corporate social responsibility, a developer launched a green partnership programme with an international school to increase public awareness on the need to preserve Mother Earth

The programme was mooted by Vanke Malaysia in collaboration with St John’s International School (SJIS) and supported by environmental NGO EcoKnights and Global Environment Centre.

In his speech, Vanke Malaysia managing director Lang Cong said since 2017, the company had participated in many activities pertaining to climate change related projects with various NGOs.

“Over the past two years, we have planted over 350 tree saplings in various locations such as Taman Eco Rimba, Bukit Nanas Kuala Lumpur as well as Klang River and Merisuli in Sabah,

“This year, we will continue with our initiatives to plant more trees in Kuala Lumpur as well as Gerik, Perak,” he said.

Lang said the aim was to create awareness of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and initiate a dialogue among the younger generation about their role in conservation efforts.

“Through this programme, we hope to create awareness by inspiring new ideas among youths to protect the environment.”

Later, Lang presented a mock cheque for RM80,000 to SJIS for the joint effort.

Also present were SJIS board of governors’ members Tunku Datuk Seri Dr Iskandar Tunku Abdullah and Jayapal Ramsamy, executive principal and chief operating officer Suresh Dass, EcoKnights rehabilitation, restoration and conservation officer Emirul Redzuan and Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre executive director Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli.

Dass said the initiative wouldpave the way for SJIS students to take the lead in sustainable practices to safeguard the future of the planet.

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