Stories by OH ING YEEN
THE GREAT GREEN CONCERN - Eddy Lim from Rollin' Sixers Waste Not Want Not - In The Beginning
THE first Earth Day celebration was held on April 22, 1970, in San Francisco and was subsequently declared an annual event by the United Nations.
In Malaysia, various local communities and NGOs organise all sorts of green activities to commemorate the annual event as part of their commit ment to promote the preservation and maintenance of Mother Earth.
They demonstrate their love for Mother Earth by making small changes in their lifestyle, such as abstaining from using harmful materials like detergents and by using eco-friendly cleaning methods.
The following are some examples of their efforts in caring for and preserving the Earth:
The Friends of Kota Damansara (FoKD), a volunteer group comprising residents associations and community groups, has been in the forefront of supporting and campaigning for the protection of the forest reserve at Kota Damansara that is now known as the Kota Damansara Community Forest (KDCF). The KDCF is an 800-acre green haven offering a sanctuary where city dwellers can step into a tropical forest with twisting lianas, gentle flowing creek, whistling birds and hanging vines.
Relaxed green sanctuary: A father and his son enjoying the green view at the Section 10 forest in Kota Damansara.
According to FoKD committee member Raja Teh Maimunah, among the activities carried out in the area are guided walks, mountain bike rides, fishing and hash runs.
The FoKD will host an Earth Day celebration at the KDCF this Sunday to commemorate the continued efforts by volunteers in the preservation, conservation and sustainable recreational programme of the forest.
Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is scheduled to open a 2km-lomg multi-purpose trail at the celebration.
There will be guided trail walks, mountain bike rides, kayak rides and the annual Hash Run. There will also be food stalls, fun activities and performances.
“The multi-purpose trail built by volunteers is a joint project among the FoKD, the Trail Association of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor (Traks) and the Bangsar Zone Scouts,” said Teh, who is also the Bangsar Zone Scouts chairman.
“The trail was mapped out and designed by Traks and named The Scouts Trail in tribute of the Bangsar Zone Scouts for their contributions and continuous support throughout the project, which took six months to complete,” she said.
Teh said since completion of the trail, the FoKD had been organising guided hikes and encouraging outdoor lovers to explore the trail.
The FoKD, in collaboration with the Traks, plans to create a network of trails and hope that the Earth Day event will help educate the public to appreciate and promote the need for conservation.
The FoKD is also discussing with various parties to undertake eco-related programmes such as tree- planting and recreational initiatives.
The volunteer group is seeing encouraging support from the corporate sector with The Scouts Trail having been adopted by a local organisation, facilitating its maintenance, upgrading and ensuring its continued usability.
The FoKD hopes that other corporations will also lend support to the preservation and eco-recreational development of the KDCF.