Dr. Richard Ng is assisted by Ms Koghi in planting a tree
200 interactors from various schools in Ipoh converged at SMK Main Convent, Ipoh, Perak to participate in the Environment Awareness Camp. The event was organised by the Interact Club of SMK Main Convent led by its President, Soneeta Kaur and Community Service Director, Dharushini Subramaniam. The interactors taking part in the event include SMK Main Convent, SMK Anderson, SMK St. Michael, SMK Anglo Chinese School, SMK Perak Girls School and SMK Methodist Girls School.
Group photo with interactors who took part in the separation of recyclables
The event was graced by Mr. Francis Martin who is the incoming President of Ipoh Rotary Club. Presents in the event include guest speaker Associate Professor Dr. Richard Ng, Chairman of KOHIJAU and Ipoh City Watch and wife Mdm Tina Leong, an alumni of SMK Main Convent. Others include teacher advisers Miss Koghilawati and Mdm Tee Sim Mei and Parent Teacher Adviser representative, Mr. S. S. Pannir.
From left: Pannir, Dr. Richard Ng, Mdm Tina Leong, Mr, Francis Martin, Ms Koghi, Mdm Tee, Dharushini Subramaniam and Ms Soneeta Kaur
The highlight of the event is a talk on “Global Warming and What We Could Do to Save Our Planet” by Associate Professor Dr. Richard Ng, Chairman of Ipoh City Watch/KOHIJAU. In his talk, Dr. Richard Ng spoke about World Earth Day which is celebrated throughout the world in 192 countries and participated by over 1 billion people each year on April 22. The theme of this year’s World Earth Day is “Protect Our Species’, which gels well with the camp’s theme “When we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves.”
One for the album. Group photo with all the participants of Environment Awareness Camp
Dr. Ng reminded all the interactors of the objective of the camp and their responsibilities to help ensure we do something to protect the Earth and all the living species. This can be achieved if we reduce garbage especially plastics from going to the landfill as plastics take more than 500 years to decompose. Methane gas released from plastics will cause temperature to rise 20 times higher than CO2, thus affect the greenhouse gas composition which absorb the infrared radiation and increase global warming.
He advised all the interactors to embrace the 3R culture of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle in order to help reduce carbon footprint which is a measure of the greenhouse gas. He also gave tips on how interactors can reduce carbon footprint by saying no to plastics such as plastic straws, utensils, food packaging and shopping bags. He advised the student to inform their parents to bring their own reusable bags when doing shopping. Plastic bags from the shops should not be used to pack garbage but instead they should use oxo-biodegradable plastic bags which can decompose at a shorter period.
Tree planting session
Besides practicing 3R, he urges everyone present to plant trees as tree will absorb carbon dioxide and realease oxygen to balance the greenhouse gas. By recycling 1,000 tonnes of papers we can help save 18 trees from being chopped down in the forest.
According to Miss Soneeta who is the Interact Club President, the event was a success with participation from about 200 fellow interactors. They were fortunate to have Dr. Richard Ng, who is an award winning NGO social activist in climate change as their guest speaker for their environment programme to help them understand the importance of healing the earth by protecting the environment. By doing that we can become satisfied and heal our pain through reducing the suffering by others including all living things on this planet.