Community Working Toward a Greener Future at LERA Green Carnival 2016

On the 29th of May 2016, a Green Carnival was held in Lake Edge, Puchong on a bright, sunny morning from 7.30am to 11.30am. The carnival was held to educate the residents, both the young and elder, about the importance of reducing, reusing, recycling, as well as learning about waste segregation.

Various interesting workshops were held, among which were a composting workshop, sugar scrub workshop, and a terrarium workshop where everyone including children as young as 6 years old had plenty of fun attending. A talk on e-waste was also given by Dr. Lai and aquaponics were displayed by Mr. Ashaari from PopTani. 

Figure 1: Fenny (left) and her friend registering for workshops held at the LERA Green Carnival 2016.Figure 1: Fenny (left) and her friend registering for workshops held at the LERA Green Carnival 2016.

Among the people who attended were LERA Chairman Mr. Luis Daniel, LERA Vice Chairman YB Ng Sze Han, Member of Parliament Puchong YB Gobind Singh Deo, Councilor of JKP Zone 9 Mr. Mohan Singh, and EcoKnights-MENGO representative Yasmin Rasyid.

Figure 2: President of EcoKnights Yasmin Rasyid with YB Gobind Singh Deo, Mr. Mohan Singh, YB Ng Sze Han, Mr. Luis Daniel, and some residents of Lake Edge, Puchong.Figure 2: President of EcoKnights Yasmin Rasyid with YB Gobind Singh Deo, Mr. Mohan Singh, YB Ng Sze Han, Mr. Luis Daniel, and some residents of Lake Edge, Puchong.

Many participants including YB Ng Sze Han, YB Gobind Singh Deo and Mr. Mohan Singh were amazed by some of the workshops and displays, namely the terrarium (or mini garden) workshop, and the aquaponics display. The ladies, who attended, however, were more interested in the sugar scrub workshop (every lady would want smooth and moisturised skin, so why not exfoliate and recycle at the same time?).

Figure 3: YB Ng Sze Han looking intently at the aquaponics system displayed by Mr. Ashaari from PopTani.Figure 3: YB Ng Sze Han looking intently at the aquaponics system displayed by Mr. Ashaari from PopTani.

Figure 4: The ladies keenly learning how to make their own sugar scrubs.Figure 4: The ladies keenly learning how to make their own sugar scrubs.

It is also encouraging to know that 42% of the residents in Lake Edge recycle on a regular basis and 76% of them enjoy planting trees. On top of that, 54% recycle once a month and we hope that they would be able to influence the other 8% who never do. The information and awareness given out to the residents of LERA garnered the highest percentage at 39%, and it is indeed very reassuring that they take note of what is happening to the environment and are doing their part in preserving it.

Figure 5: Residents proud of their successful attempt at the terrarium workshop.Figure 5: Residents proud of their successful attempt at the terrarium workshop.

The residents really enjoyed the workshops held and were very keen on learning more about how we can segregate waste as well as reuse, reduce and recycle things that most of us would normally throw away without a second thought. 

We at EcoKnights and MENGO would certainly be delighted to hold another event similar to this when time calls for it. All of us including volunteers from Sunway had plenty of fun hosting this event with such an enthusiastic crowd.

Prepared by Teoh Jae Mie.

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