KUCHING – The Green Stars Environmental Workshop was successfully organized by Sarawak Eco-Warriors for 30 students from SMK Sematan.
Together with a team of students from Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus (SUTS) and University Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), the first Green Stars Environmental Workshop was birthed in partnership with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Malaysia Program and AVL Art.
The workshop was held on the 23rd and 24th September 2017 with a group of participants from SMK Sematan. Sarawak Eco-Warriors look to instill environmental awareness and environmentally friendly lifestyles among the younger generation and at the same time promote conservation through visual art; in hopes of developing a stronger sense of love towards the environment and to raise concerns on the rising issue of negligent waste disposal.
The workshop consists of sessions such as “The World of Animals” and “A Sea of Plastic” to educate participants of the importance of wildlife and the implications of plastic discards. All participants were encouraged to take part in a beach cleaning session which was held at Pantai Abang Amin, Sematan. They managed to collect 162 kg of non-biodegradable wastes, which was then used to produce a piece of artwork sized at approximately 92 square feet.
The artwork will be showcased during the upcoming Ocean Conservation Exhibition which will be held in Vivacity Megamall, Kuching on the 15th October 2017. Members of the public are encouraged to attend the exhibition to learn more about ocean conservation while partaking in other fun activities.
“I really enjoyed the workshop,” remarked volunteer, Ten Fui Ting. “It was great to have fun while also learning about the environment. It was very impressive how the students were able to produce artwork out of the trash they collected from the beach.”
“If there is anything I liked most about the camp was the elements of environment,” said Rahaf ElMahdy, volunteer and student of Swinburne Sarawak. “The students’ enthusiasm and participation in the activities was heartwarming. The team was extremely helpful and passionate about spreading awareness.”
Sarawak Eco-Warriors is a newly established non-governmental organization (NGO) that aims to educate, empower and inspire Sarawak local communities through the conservation of nature. Sarawak Eco-Warriors originated from the Borneo Eco-Warriors program, a program under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) who is committed to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Sarawak Eco-Warriors is supported by WCS Malaysia.
Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia Program is headquartered in Kuching, Sarawak, with offices in Kuala Lumpur, Kahang, Johor and Kuala Rompin in Peninsular Malaysia. Currently, WCS Malaysia works to conserve four priority species – orang-utans, sharks and rays, elephants and tigers. Go to https://programs.wcs.org/malaysia/ for more information on WCS Malaysia and visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/WCS.Malaysia/ for updates.