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The month of April calls for a lot of global environmental celebrations and as part of our continuous effort to mobilize Malaysians to adopt sustainable living, we too have jumped on this global bandwagon and have loads of fun and engaging public environmental programs lined up. Three of our biggest efforts related to water accessibility, river rehabilitation and community-based environmental efforts, are all taking place this month on April 21st 2018. The programs are the Aveda Yoga for Water and Cut-a-thon, our collaboration with Starbucks Malaysia in the Global Outreach Program, and also our effort with Sungai Bunus Working Committee in engaging Kenanga employees in urban farming activities.
When I reflect on the last 12 years and on how far EcoKnights has come, and the kind of programs we have initiated and completed, with a wide group of donors and collaborators, it does really bring to attention the importance of Sustainable Development Goals 17, “partnership for the SDGs”. One of the outcomes of us operationalizing SDG17 can be clearly witnessed from our increasing numbers of partners over the years, and the amazing outcomes that we have created for social, economic and environmental benefits to the public. It could be due to EcoKnights’ theory of change which our partners believe in or resonate with, or perhaps it could be the capabilities of the organization’s team; either way, it is very clear that great partnerships create great sustainability efforts.
As you are aware the 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival is coming up soon, and so is our Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp, and to be honest, we have quite a number of environmental mobilization efforts coming up soon, and I would love to invite you to talk to us to explore how you, or your organization can plug in to our efforts, scale it up or enhance its impacts through great partnerships and collaborations. Our doors are open to enhance your organizations social responsibility effort to meet the efforts of the SDGs!
In collaboration with Publika for Earth Month and MAPFEST 2018, EcoKnights successfully held a series of activities - Green Market, eco workshop and local performances from 24th March until 1st April at Publika Shopping Gallery.
On Saturday the 24th of March 2018, EcoKnights planted three different tree species together with edotco Group Sdn Bhd at the Sungai Bunus retention area. Trees were planted to make the area greener and more attractive for recreation under the River of Life programme.
If you would like to conduct tree-planting or river community service activities, you can inquire through email@example.com.
EcoKnights together with Department of Irrigation and Drainage Malaysia (JPS) and ERE Consulting Group (ERE) have conducted a dialogue session on at the River Basin Management Division JPS which was attended by representatives from 4 educational institutes – Kolej Universiti Poly-Tech MARA Kuala Lumpur, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Institut Latihan Perindustrian and Kolej Teknologi Antarabangsa Cybernetics.
Garbage to Garden (G2G) is back for the second time! This year, in collaboration with the Selangor State government, EcoKnights is organizing the G2G campaign that acts as a platform to educate the public about backyard composting food waste and raise awareness about how we can put food waste to a good use. If you’re a Selangor resident interested to start composting, find out more on how to be part of G2G.
The Zero Kitchen Waste Series will be continuing with its third workshop on converting used cooking oil into soaps on 12th May from 10am – 11.30am.
You can refer to the calendar on the poster to find out the workshop available on each month.
Registration starts on 1st April, for more information, please contact Nabila at 03-77318361 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The River of Life (ROL) team participated in April’s Car Free Morning on the 1st and 15th of April to engage with the public regarding ROL.
The engagement outcomes are:
by Zafran Zahari
Racism isn’t just about race superiority or the criminal justice system. It’s in the air and water. Environmental racism is not a term that the majority of people are familiar with. Environmental racism is a concept that has been around for a few decades. It involves race, economics, health and a lot more. Some of us are privileged enough to get up in the morning and take a breath of fresh, clean air, and further turn on the tap and drink clean, uncontaminated water. But not everyone is privileged in this country or even around the world, for that matter. It seems that a disproportionate number of people who live in environmentally hazardous areas are either minority groups or people of low socioeconomic status. Therefore, environmental racism is the placement of environmental hazards into areas with high numbers of minority individuals or economically destitute populations. Continue reading
About Tanamera Hearts - A Tripartite Partnership to Benefit Community and The Environment.
Tanamera Hearts is a tripartite smart partnership among Tanamera, The Good Shop and EcoKnights. The aim of this collaboration is to achieve dual goals of improving the livelihood of beneficiaries from marginalised communities and to achieve sustainable environmental development for local communities through entrepreneurism.
Tanamera Hearts comprise of an aromatherapy stone, and a bottle of essential oil, packed in a beautiful dark blue travel case produced by the beneficiaries of the Good Shop. Tanamera Hearts is a perfect gift for loved ones, and also a great travel item if you would love to be surrounded by familiar aromatherapy scents. You can choose from a variety of essential oils to use with the aromatherapy stone.
EcoKnights is a non-for-profit environmental organization registered with the Registrar of Societies Malaysia. EcoKnights' core focus areas are in environmental education and awareness using innovative and creative platforms. More information about EcoKnights can be obtained from www.ecoknights.org.my.
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