Youths awarded for ideas addressing environmental issues

Green Film category winner SMK Semerah Padi, Kuching, Sarawak represented by students (from left) Ainnur, Sharifah, and Muhammad Iftizam (right). With them is their teacher Emily Ruhl Jean.

CONCEPTUALISING green ideas may not always be easy but several Malaysian youths have received recognition for their innovative ideas and creations at the annual Anugerah Hijau (Green Awards) 2014.

The annual national competition, organised by non-profit environmental organisation EcoKnights and its partners and sponsors, aims to challenge young adults to creatively and innovatively address daily environmental issues, including pollution and improper waste disposal.

Anugerah Hijau comprises three categories — Green Film, Green Fashion and Green Space (Architecture).

The award ceremony was held at Publika Mall, Kuala Lumpur, and saw grand-prize winners of each category taking home prizes that included RM5,000 cash and a trophy.

LBS Bina Group Berhad collaborated with EcoKnights to sponsor the Anugerah Hijau 2014 Green Space category, which encourages youths to think about creating “liveable spaces” within areas that are limited in space, developed unsustainably or in need of a new breath of life.

Three students from Universiti Sains Malaysia — Lee Li Hui, Choo Siew Ying and Lim Ai-Yin — emerged champions in the Green Space category and received their award from LBS Bina Group Bhd executive director Cynthia Lim.

Along with the award, the champions also won a three-month internship at a reputable architecture firm arranged by LBS.

Grand-prize winners of the Green Fashion category were Muhammad Aizat Adzha Zulkiffli and Sazalina Stasia J. Kaliban.

Three students of SMK Semerah Padi in Sarawak, Muhd Iftizam Mohd Suffian, Ainnur Nadia Izzati and Sharifah Munirah Wan Abdullah were champions in the Green Film category.

Their short video featured students using plastic bottles to decorate their school.

“We didn't expect to win,” said Muhd Iftizam, adding that they used plastic bottles as decorative items as those were often found littered everywhere and they were sturdy.

The Green Film category proved to be the most popular, receiving 72 submissions while the Green Fashion and Green Space categories received 64 and 46 entries respectively.

EcoKnights was founded in 2005 by Yasmin Rasyid and focuses on community-based environmental education and awareness projects that help Malaysians understand and deal with environmental issues which affect them.

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