SMK Banggi Says “No” to Plastic Bags
The Green Lifestyle Campaign, which is based on five modules on how to compost, recycle, plant trees, reduce the use of plastic, and reduce destructive fishing, began in Banggi Island a year ago, under the leadership of WWF-Malaysia, the national conservation trust.
The modules were developed by Banggi Youth Club, a group formed by representatives from the local communities with commitment to engage in conservation efforts and promote ‘green’ lifestyle.
An important result of the Campaign is the ongoing ‘no plastic bags on Friday’ by all tuck shops and restaurants in Karakit, a town in Banggi Island in the northern Kudat district.
“This one day of ‘no plastic bags’ has taught us to refrain from using plastic bags in our daily lives,” said Cikgu Awang Besar bin Puteh, a vanguard of Green Lifestyle.
To commemorate the launch of the “no to plastic bags” initiative, SMK Banggi held a Green Run on 8 February 2013. Nearly 800 students took part in the Run which was led by six members of Banggi Youth Club. The Run aimed to cultivate green lifestyle practices among the students and to search for new talents in cross-country running.
Other activities, including drawing competition, exhibition and quiz, were held on that day. WWF-Malaysia gave away a green bag to each student. A theme song “Hijau” was introduced at the event.
Cikgu Zulhakimi Zulkepli, an enthusiastic representative of the School, said: “We are very grateful for the support given by WWF-Malaysia and Banggi Youth Club in ensuring the success of this environmental awareness programme in SMK Banggi”.
“We are pleased with the enthusiasm and support of the local community in making Banggi Island to become more environmentally-friendly. We would like to thank SMK Banggi for its initiative to be the first school to say “no to plastic bags’ in the proposed Tun Mustapha Park, the second largest marine protected area in Southeast Asia,” said WWF-Malaysia’s Manager for Sulu Sulawesi Ecoregion Programme, Robecca Jumin.
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WWF-Malaysia (World Wide Fund for Nature-Malaysia), the national conservation trust, currently runs more than 90 projects covering a diverse range of environmental protection work. Since 1972, WWF-Malaysia has worked on important conservation projects, from saving endangered species such as tigers and turtles, to protecting our highland forests, rivers and seas. We also undertake environmental education and advocacy work to achieve conservation goals. By conserving our natural resources, WWF-Malaysia is helping to protect our livelihoods, food and water supply, thus securing our good quality of life and our children’s bright future. We thank our supporters and members of the Media, whose contributions and support enable our conservation work. If you would like to donate to WWF-Malaysia or learn more about our projects, please call: +603-78033772 or visit: wwf.org.my or www.facebook.com/wwfmy
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