Championing a green cause


ENVIRONMENTAL organisation EcoKnights launched the Anugerah Hijau awards recently that encourages youths to actively produce projects that highlight their efforts in protecting the environment.

It is a four-month community project aimed at highlighting local schools’ efforts in environmental conservation, while instilling stronger awareness among students.

The event launched at the Petaling Jaya City Council building was attended by MBPJ deputy secretary (Service Management De­partment) Ahmat Mohayen Said, Selangor Education Depart­ment director Dr Zahri Aziz and CIMB Community Link regional director for Central 2 Nik Johaan Nik Hashim and EcoKnights founder Yasmin Rasyid.

About 30 students from secondary schools in Petaling Jaya, who had been invited to take part in the competition, were also present at the launch.

“Environmental conservation has become a global issue. Everyone talks about it but only certain groups are doing something to minimise pollution and save the earth for the future generation,” Ahmat, who represented Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman, said.

He commended the group’s move to encourage youths to champion the cause.

“Chapter 25 of the Local Agenda 21 says that planning and implementation of development and environmental conservation should involve more than 30% of youths and children,” he said.

He added that the council had been lending support to individuals and organisations that had been contributing selflessly to saving the environment, among them were Eco­Knights, Friends of Bukit Gasing and Friends of Taman Kelana Jaya.

“We do not want the future generation to admire the beauty of the nature only in museums,” he added.

Yasmin said the awards would be presented to the schools in a special ceremony scheduled for June at the PJ Civic Centre.

As a pilot project, only 26 schools in Petaling Jaya are invited to take part.

“The programme provides an oppor­tunity for the youngsters, their educators and their schools to be recognised for their environmental efforts. We hope we can get 200 to 300 schools to take part in the competition next year, or to hold the project in a bigger scale,” she said.

Any existing environmental projects that the youngsters are working on are eligible for entry. Schools can submit as many entries as they like as long as they indicate the category which their project is eligible for, namely Totally Active and Wildly Creative.

The awards can be entered for by groups or clubs in schools. Groups can be classes, school clubs, teams, community associations or independent youth movements.

For details, call 03-7727 6561, email yasmin.rasyid@ecoknights.com or visit www.anugerahhijau.my.

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