Girl guides go green

A TEAM of 22 girls aged between 15 and 20 are on a mission to reduce plastic pollution and discourage the use of plastic.

Known as Advocacy Champions, these girls who are members of the Girl Guides Association Malaysia (GGAM) are at the forefront of the Wave Makers programme, which began in February this year and will conclude next month.

It has seen them planning and running several activities, namely, a digital poster and video competition, an online forum called “Plastic Pollution: A Reality Check”, and a weekly activity called “Pandemic Plastic Rush”, which has drawn 5,158 participants.

Both the competition and the online forum were held last month, while the ongoing weekly activity will end on Aug 29, according to a GGAM press release.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all activities have been held online,” it added.

Through the activities, participants from across the country have come up with creative art with used plastic, and spread awareness through poems, songs and storytelling.

The participants have also signed a petition titled “To reduce and discourage non-biodegradable used plastics”, which has garnered more than 10,600 signatures.

The digital poster campaign, GGAM said, aimed to increase awareness of plastic pollution through social media platforms with the hashtags #WaveMakers and #BeDrasticSayNoToPlastics.

The online forum saw the involvement of representatives from GGAM, the Environment and Water Ministry, Sahabat Alam Malaysia, Reef Check Malaysia, Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia, and MyHutan, among others.

At the online forum, GGAM said, a panellist shared that when he asked a cashier for a plastic bag recently, he was told that it was already inside the fish he had bought.

“This speaks volumes about the topic we’re trying to highlight,” GGAM added.

The Wave Makers programme is a continuation of the Plastic Tide Turners Challenge Badge, which was launched in October last year.

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