World Environment Day

World Environment Day

5 June, 2017
People & Nature
International Eco-Schools Conference’s (IESC) aspiration

This World Environment Day we find ourselves a bit disconnected with nature. Most of us live in the concrete jungle, we spend a lot of time in cars or glued to our chairs staring at the computer screens and we spend very little time outdoors. Some of us know very little of our relationship with the health of the ecosystem.

“Connecting People to Nature” is the theme of this year’s celebration which echoes the International Eco-Schools Conference’s (IESC) aspiration, an annual event brought by WWF-Malaysia.

Held each year in a unique and significant location within Malaysia, the conference offers eye-opening experiences to inculcate a sense of environmental stewardship among students and urge them to care for the planet. IESC 2016 took place in Sandakan, Sabah - home of many endangered species such as Orangutan, Sun Bear, Proboscis Monkeys, Hornbill, and many other flora and fauna.

The 2016 conference aimed to educate participants on the behavioural changes that impact their consumption habits for a healthier environment. The student-led conference encourages them to share and exchange knowledge with one another. Students are seen here taking part in eco-music workshop by the lake side of Rainforest Discovery Centre, Sepilok.

Among others, the conference included educational field trips to Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre (SOURC), Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), and Labuk Bay Proboscis Monkey to Sanctuary educate participants on the endangered wildlife in Sabah.

The conference creates a platform of opportunity for students to exercise leadership skills and boost their confidence through interactions among fellow participants. Such as in the photo where students learned how to build Orangutan’s nest – an activity that requires focus and value of teamwork.

The pursuit to develop environmental responsibility and leadership in students begins in the classroom. Teachers play an important role to inspire and connect the students with nature. Students’ involvement in the environmental activities has a heavy influence by their teachers.

WWF’s Living Planet Report 2016 shows the world’s population has already consumed many of the planet’s resources in unsustainable ways. The expanding human population has led to the destruction of habitats and overexploitation of wildlife. WWF-Malaysia is committed to empower young consumers with the knowledge and skills needed to take action towards the sustainability of our earth’s resources.

Eco-Schools Programme is the largest sustainable schools programme in the world, participated by more than 11 million students from over 60 countries. WWF-Malaysia has been the National Operator for this programme since 2011. We have more than 170 schools registered with us and 8 internationally recognised Green Flag awards have been given out so far.

By: Ecozine Staff


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