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Young Environmental Ambassadors Assembled to Learn about the Impacts of Wastes on Biodiversity



Posted on 08 December 2017
Students and teachers from 27 schools across Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore participated in the conference aimed to inculcate a sense of environmental stewardship among students and urge them to care for the planet.
© WWF-Malaysia / Rahana Husin
Melaka: The sixth edition of the International Eco-Schools Conference (IESC) took place in Melaka Sentral Riverview Hotel from 7 to 11 December 2017. 71 students and 27 teachers from 27 schools across Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore participated in the conference aimed to inculcate a sense of environmental stewardship among students and urge them to care for the planet. WWF-Malaysia was honoured to receive support by Deputy Director General of Development, Tuan Haji En. Ismail Bin Ithnin, Department of Environment (DOE) who was present to officiate the event. 

Themed ‘Waste Management and its Impact on Nature and Biodiversity’, the conference took place in Melaka to give the participants exposure on Melaka’s numerous award-winning environmental projects. Through our collaboration with Green Growth Asia (GGA) in August 2017, the state committed that by 2022 all 314 schools in Melaka will sign up with the Eco-Schools programme. 

The conference creates a platform of opportunity for students to exercise leadership skills and boost their confidence through interactions among fellow participants. Over the last six years, the conference has received an overwhelming support from schools, teachers, students, partners and corporate sponsors, and has combined learning with hands on experiences.

Commenting on the programme, Tuan Haji En. Ismail Bin Ithnin said, “I am pleased to be a part of this auspicious event that aims to educate young minds on the behavioural changes that they should embrace to make the world a healthier place to live. This effort is aligned with the ministry’s plan to inculcate the love and care for the environment from an early age. Our government aims that by 2019 environmental education (EE) will become a subject taught from kindergarten to university.”

“The theme of the conference is narrated in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); therefore I hope that the conference will discuss it further, as well as many other areas in the SDGs where sound management of chemicals and waste have significant roles to play. Focusing on not only the issues but also approaches to solve the problem in a long run.”

WWF-Malaysia's Executive Director/CEO, Dato' Dr Dionysius Sharma said that it is high time that we educate students on the impact of waste management towards biodiversity. He reiterated, “Our very own country is expected to produce 30,000 tonnes of waste each day by 2020. On daily basis 3,000 tonnes of food waste that goes to landfills is edible, that amount of food could feed around two million people. Therefore, we have to admit today, waste has become a pressing environmental problem that is too big to be ignored.”

Among other activities, the conference participants took part in a field trip to the turtle information centre in Melaka to learn about turtle conservation as well as the harmful effect of wastes on marine life. A study published in Science by Jambeck and his associates in 2015, estimated that, out of 192 coastal countries in the world, Malaysia is the eighth largest producer of mismanaged plastic wastes.

The conference brought forward experts from the automotive and plastic industries to share their initiatives on how to reduce and better manage waste, such as practicing waste segregation at source, and their effort to actively find environmental-friendly solutions and innovations.

Through this conference, WWF-Malaysia and partners provided the opportunity for students to share their work, ideas and passion with other students of different backgrounds. We want to build a community of young people who care for the environment. When they are back in their schools and communities, the participants will be able to lead sustainability activities and make waves of changes by taking action and influencing others to follow.

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For more information, please contact:
Farisha Zainol
Sr Communications Officer of Education for Sustainable Development Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +6019-327 5456
Email: nabidin@wwf.org.my

Jessie Chew
Manager of Eco-Schools Programme, WWF-Malaysia
Tel: +603-7450 3773
Email: jchew@wwf.org.my
Students and teachers from 27 schools across Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore participated in the conference aimed to inculcate a sense of environmental stewardship among students and urge them to care for the planet.
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