Instilling green habits among the young

Aminuddin (right) and PJC smart city division director Mohd Musabri Shaharom looking at the ‘Green Folio’ that will be used in the workshops.

PUTRAJAYA Corporation (PjC) aims to educate primary school pupils on green city initiatives via workshops in an effort to promote sustainable practices from young.

PjC president Datuk Dr Aminuddin Hassim said if all went well, the workshops would start in October.

He said they have printed 500 “Green Folio” books titled Siri Sayangi Bumi for a start, to be used by the children during the workshops.

“The book is colourful and designed to be appealing to children.

“We have incorporated elements and features from Putrajaya for the students to be able to relate during activities.

“There are activities on water management, recycling and energy saving, among others, ” he said.

He added that professionals in the field would conduct the workshops, which would be interactive sessions ideally held outdoors.

It is part of PjC’s Greenrose@Putrajaya campaign, launched in 2018, in collaboration with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Putrajaya Education Department and Sustainable Energy Development Authority to educate the younger generation on the importance of preserving Earth and the effects of climate change on quality of life.

“The book unleashes the creativity of students and is an added value to traditional learning on climate change.

“We also hope for a ripple effect, as the children will likely impart their knowledge to others at home, ” Aminuddin said after giving away prizes to the winners of PjC’s Green Initiative Award video competition at PjC Complex, Precinct 3 yesterday.

He hopes the programme will make the present and future community in Putrajaya more aware of climate change and help tackle environmental problems that were contributing to global warming.

He said as the vision for Putrajaya was to transform itself from a Garden City into a Green City by 2025, it was ideal to conduct the pilot project in the administrative capital and fine-tune it before implementing the programme in other parts of the country.

“Our four mascots for the campaign, namely Leo the frog, Otto the otter, Sera the heron and Nini the dragonfly, have been chosen as they represent biodiversity in the administrative capital.

“We initially planned to roll it out in March but it was postponed because of the movement control order following the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I hope the situation improves, so that we can continue with our plan, ” said Aminuddin.

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