One Pledge at a Time to Stop Turtle Turmoil
The initiative encompassed several on-campus activities which included an inter-faculty recycling competition, “Say-No-To-Polystyrene” campaign, an environmental awareness video competition and a pledge initiative called “i-Pledge to Live Green”. The campus was all a buzz with the green initiative and some of the positive outcomes include a higher awareness of sorting recyclable materials and better utilization of resources to conserve materials and reduce wastage.
At the heart of A State of Green was the pledge campaign organized in collaboration with WWF-Malaysia. INTI staff and students alike were encouraged to pledge in support of WWF-Malaysia’s efforts to stop the sale and consumption of sea turtles and amend the Malaysian legislation to ban the sale of turtle eggs.
“This initiative is important because the preservation and conservation of sea turtles are listed under the portfolios of a state. Only state legislations can protect the lives of these endangered creatures but such laws have yet to be implemented in the move to protect sea turtles. When we read the news of the sea turtle carcasses, we wanted to see what we could do to stop such activities and working with WWF-Malaysia on this pledge campaign was a great way to create awareness among our staff and students,” shared Jess Ng, the organizing chairperson of the campaign.
The campaign garnered much attention from fellow INTI students and staff who were well informed of the illegal egg-poaching activities. In the course of a week and through their hard work and persuasiveness, the team was able to collect over 1,000 pledges from both INTI staff and students to save sea turtles. It was a successful campaign and the committee is proud of the on-campus awareness and impact they have managed to create among their community. They remain hopeful that this campaign will get more people to make a stand up to protect sea turtles and their natural habitat.