Youth Camp 2015
 

Penang Green Council (PGC) has organised its very first youth camp, namely: "The Water Welfarer Camp" on 18-19 April 2015. It is an environmental educational programme facilitate by a group of dedicated Green Helpers, support by technical team/ resource persons such as Water Watch Penang, MareCet, USM, Malaysian Environmental NGO (MENGO) and UNEP TUNZA.

The camp was held at the CEMACS, USM, Penang National Park. The program has received an overwhelming participation from four (4) secondary schools from Penang, Perak and Kedah respectively. There were a total number of 38 students aged 15-17 who had make this camp livelier.

With the aims to emphasize on the vital roles of youth in environmental conservation focusing on water and its environment, the 2D/1N program was action-packed with fun and gives the participants a chance to get close to nature. The camp started with an ice breaking session lead by Green Helpers and followed by short talks, workshops and outdoor activities.

The President of Water Watch Penang, Prof Chan Ngai Wen, was one of the speaker during this camp. He spoke about: 'Water Resources and Environment: What is the impact to us?'. Participants also get their hands-on water quality sampling during the outdoor classroom session.

 

Apart from that, we had MareCet to share with participants about the 'Water Environment and Biodiversity" by the organisation's co-founder, Mr Fairul Izmal Jamal Hisne. Participants enjoyed viewing videos and photos on marine mammals, whilst learn about marine conservation. Dr Foong Swee Yok, the 'Mangrove Woman' from USM has delivered another interesting session on: "The Importance of Mangrove". Participants were exposed to the importance of sustainable mangrove & forest conservation in supporting the environment and biodiversity.

Besides learning about flora and fauna associated with water environment, our workshop session focused on how individual and community efforts can play an important role in water environment conservation. MENGO was represented by Mr Awang Muzaiddin to share about the community efforts in water conservation achieved by the locals from Pulau Matatani Sabah. He has also moderating another workshop session to guide the participants on environmental programs development. The interaction and feedback from the participants was encouraging.

On the other hand, Jes Ebrahim (UNEP TUNZA) shared his experience in volunteering for environmental cause. The session has highlighted the importance of volunteerism in youth today. He has conducted a music workshop for participant. Everyone enjoyed this session very much as they managed to incorporate music and environmental issue together and created their own unique song!

 

Last but not least, a mini beach clean-up was conducted along Teluk Aling (where CEMACS situated). With the assistance from Green Helpers, participants have separated those collected trash into recyclables and non-recyclables. The breakdown as follows (unit: Large-size garbage bag (fit 50L bin) :

  • Bulk items = 30 unit
  • Non- recyclables =2 bags
  • Plastic bottles and containers = 3 bags
  • Plastic bags and wrappers = 1 bag
  • Polystyrene = 1 bag
  • Glass = 1 bag
  • Aluminium = 1 bag
  • Paper = 1 bag

 

 

In a nutshell, Penang Green Council would like to thanks everyone who had made this camp a success, not forgetting the active participation from all participants. We hope through this camp, PGC has instilled and encouraged more youth to start their own environmental initiative, subsequently foster more young environmental leaders.


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