“We're in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they're going to sit” - David Suzuki
October is a special month for us here in EcoKnights! It’s also the busiest month of the year here in the office as we wrap up some of our flagship programs and start preparing ourselves for 2016. There’s the 8th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF) happening from the 16th to 17th October at Publika. KLEFF is your ultimate green experience from the amazing exhibitors in the Green Market to the free film screenings of award-winning environmental stories, it would be one experience to start you on your journey to sustainable living.
Meanwhile, our signature national youth program, Anugerah Hijau will announce the 2015 winners for the environment-themed competitive categories in this year’s competition. We can’t wait to find out who will bag the titles for the most sustainable design, environment-themed music and innovative product.
The Green Market will be featuring more than 70 green NGOS and enterprises where the theme is sustainable consumption and production. You would be having a ball browsing through all the responsibly made products that will be on display.
And did we mention that all the film screenings are free? Because seats are limited, we encourage festival goers to reserve your electronic tickets by registering here.
A vegetable plot springs up near a disused tennis court. A filthy back lane gets turned into a mini playground for the neighborhood. Yasmin Ras of EcoKnights talks about place-making, the art of reclaiming public spaces for the community using sustainable means. And Susan Tam discusses one of Kuala Lumpur’s early examples of the activity: the TTDI Edible Project, where the area’s residents produce their own greens.
EcoKnights president, Yasmin Rasyid, was invited to be part of a discussion at the Breakfast Talk organized by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (MII) today. Aimed at sharing information and knowledge on issues related to environmental management and the important of integrity in the management of natural resources, the Breakfast Talk attracted the participation of high level government officers as well as those from the NGO industry.
By September 1 2015, all households in about 7 states in Malaysia are required to separate their household waste at source. Are Malaysians ready for this? Listen to a podcast on a recent interview on Traxx FM's Face to Face and check out the interview which featured our president, Yasmin Rasyid, and also Dr. Mohd Pauze bin Mohamad Taha from SWCorp.
All over the world, we recognise that the voice of youth is getting louder by the day. The likes of Malala Yousafzai and Emma Watson addressing the United Nations become the epitome of how youth play an active role in achieving sustainability in the socio-political, education and economical spheres.
SBC Group, together with NGO, EcoKnights have embarked on a place making effort together through the installation of edible community sky gardens in the Kiara East Dex condominiums. In the process of making spaces for the edible gardens, the gardens are also designed to create social spaces for the condominium blocks and the residents.
Call For Donations, Partnerships And Sponsorships
We are calling out to all our friends and volunteers to come forth to support our efforts for 2016. We have loads of programs lined up and we are looking for donations, partnerships and sponsorships. Up for 2016 are the following programs which we hope you would be interested to help out:
8th Anugerah Hijau (Green Awards) 2016 – a national youth competition endorsed by the Ministry of Education to engage youths to compete in environment-themed categories like sustainable architecture, environmental film making, energy efficiency and more. Log on to www.anugerahhijau.my for more information.
9th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2016 – Malaysia’s first and biggest environment-themed film festival will showcase award-winning environmental films, dialogues and workshops on sustainability and film making, Green Market featuring more than 100 green enterprises and NGOs, and loads of fun and engaging performances and workshops!. Log on to www.ecofilmfest.my for more information.
The Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp – an action-packed camp for juniors, seniors in high school and university students on sustainability. It’s Sustainability 101 and this camp engages the participants with real-life approaches and solutions to address a specific environmental issue. Log on to www.knightsofnature.my for more information.
National Composting Program 2016 – We will be embarking on a national composting program next year to get Malaysians to start reducing their food waste, and even better, upcycle their food waste to healthy compost. Compost bins and workshops are lined up but we need your help to fund this program, and also to bring us to your nearest community so that we can share knowledge and empower them to start composting for a greener Malaysia. If you’re interested to contribute to this program, send us an email at email@example.com addressing it to Fadly Bakhtiar.
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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.