KUCHING: Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) is spearheading the education for sustainable de-velopment programme under the patronage of Unesco.
Azams chief executive officer Datuk Aloysius Dris said the non-governmental organisation was engaging the countrys media in the programme through workshops and brainstorming sessions.
He said the programme was carried out in conjunction with the United Nations decade of education for sustainable development.
Today, we are seeing an increasing concern over environmental issues, especially global warming and climate change, and depleting natural resources such as water and forests.
However, the environment in total is about the natural elements as well as humans as people are part of the total environment, Dris added at the launching ceremony of the Azam-Petronas Writers Awards 2007 at Holiday Inn here on Monday night.
Petronas has sponsored RM44,000 for winners of the awards.
Dris said in addressing environmental issues, the management of the natural environment had to be discussed.
These issues are many, such as poverty, health, gender, culture and indigenous knowledge.
He said environmental conservation had been chosen as the theme for the annual writing competition open to journalists from the print and electronic media, the general public and students categories.
Dris said complementary categories of comic strips and digital picture-stories would be introduced this year as these were part of the communication tools in conveying development messages.
He said ordinary citizens could easily use their digital cameras or mobile phones to capture pictures and convey their development thoughts through the media.
Later, Petronas regional manager for Sarawak Mosir Hamid handed over a cheque for RM44,000 to Dris.