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April 2015

Greetings from EcoKnights!

The world's growing desire for fast, disposable fashion, fuelled by the ready supply of cheap goods means we are consuming and then disposing of an ever greater quantity of garments. Not only is this a bad habit, it is also very wasteful. So, for this month, we’re going to share with you guys some tips to up-cycle some of your clothes. With just a little time and creativity, you are going to be able to rock on some, just as well as the new, stuff. Take a look and get moving!

Up-cycle your clothes.

Repurpose Old Clothing

Knights of Nature Camp in Langkawi, Utara Series (21st-24th May, 2015)

Knights of Nature Camp in Langkawi

The Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp is back for 2015 with the Utara camp series which will take place from May 21-24 in Langkawi Island. The deadline to apply for this camp falls on April 23rd.

This camp is specially tailored for youths from the ages of 16 to 25 years old. We encouraged for youths from all around Malaysia to submit their application so long, they’d able to bring themselves to Langkawi and pay the commitment fees of RM150.

This camp is where the participants will learn about design thinking and address issues related to sustainable island management with Pantai Cenang as a case study. The participants will also learn the importance of project design, community engagement and holistic collaboration in this camp. Camp is limited to 25 youths.

Camp participants will be camping at the camping ground of the award-winning Frangipani Langkawi Spa and Resort Hotel, as well as taking an educational mangrove tour and cruise on a Catamaran with courtesy of Tropical Charters. The partakers will also have the chance to learn about design thinking from the amazing trainers from Genovasi. Get the latest news or announcements for this camp at www.knightsofnature.my

Knights of Nature Junior Camp, Ulu Hati, Selangor (8-10 June, 2015)

Knights of Nature Junior Camp

CIMB FoundationFor the first time in ever, EcoKnights and CIMB Foundation will be organizing Knights of Nature Junior Camp. The Junior Camp is a 3-day camp that will take place on 8th until 10th June 2015, at Ulu Hati, Selangor. The Junior Camp is specifically designed for students ages 10-12. The beneficiaries of this camp would be students and teachers that are part of CIMB Foundation’s Pintar program.

The purpose of this camp is to educate and excite students and teachers to get involved with being part of the solution to our ever-growing plastic pollution problem and the need to recycle with customized resources and teaching guide. So, stay tune for more information from us, and in the meantime don’t forget to follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EcoKnights.

Cintai Tioman Program

Cintai Tioman ProgramAs of March 19, Cintai Tioman has made it available for the public to download online resources such as posters on recycling and proper diving etiquette. More posters such as above are downloadable at Reef Check's Freebies for everyone’s perusal and usage. The purpose of these online resources is to raise awareness among the public of proper waste management and food waste’s proper disposal.

Knights of Nature Junior Camp

On April 10-12, EcoKnights’ crew consisted of Yasmin, Amlir, and Jeanne paid a visit to Tioman Island as a part of Cintai Tioman Program, in which they aim to spread awareness among the locals to do more eco-friendly actions. Visit the article to read and view more pictures of EcoKnights’ journey at Tioman Island.

Up Close & Personal with the Interns: Jeanne, 24

Jeanne is the newly turned-24 internJeanne is the newly turned-24 intern currently working with EcoKnights. Read on to get to know Jeanne a little better!

Name: Lim Chee Jing
Date of birth: 27th March
Nationality: Malaysian
City of Residence: Kuala Lumpur
Current Education Background: Bachelor Degree Holder
Field/course of study: Environmental Science and Management
University: University of Malaya
Expected Year of Graduation / Graduated Year: October 2015
Duration of internship: 3 months

- Can you tell us a bit about yourself (Where are you studying now, what are you majoring in, your family, etc)
I’m the eldest kid of my family residing in a small town of Johor, moved to Kuala Lumpur about four years ago to pursue my degree study in environment. Embrace neutrality in thinking, treating people and fashion. Can’t do a make-up, bt good at making things up while shooting the bull with friends, which is what they like and hate about me. Never trust in things that come free as my favorite greasy quote of all time is preparation is the ladder to success. An explorer, wanted to learn things through my own senses on crazy adventure, but ended up being ‘Internet Explorer’ because it is the cheapest way to learn. Association with doing something for environment is written in my name, UPU offer letter and of course, my heart. Believe and enjoy doing small things in great ways.

- How did you find out about the internship opportunities at EcoKnights?

- What are your roles in EcoKnights during your internship? And share some of your experiences with us.
My team and I promote our events such as corporate leadership forum, youth sustainability camp and KLEFF through emailing or mailing to relevant parties and social media posting. Before we are able to do that, we do online research to find potential parties to be invited or worked with. I do coordination, planning and implementation works for some events like Green Market, AVEDA Walk for Water, KLEFF workshops with other colleagues. Besides, I also had the opportunities to attend some meetings and talk with Yasmin, and even more luckily, went for community engagement activity at Pulau Tioman with Yasmin and Amlir.

- What are your advice or messages for future intern?
EcoKnights are open-minded and easy-going. People with brave hearts and crazily creative minds should not let go of working opportunity with EcoKnights to unleash your potential. In term of advise, hmm… maybe get ready for some eye-care practices as you would spend much time working in front of computer inevitably, same as what most other jobs require.

Fun Questions:

Name 3 people you admire.
I would rather name three qualities I admire the most: Cheerful, Bold and Honest. Anyone with these qualities is my role model.

If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?
Spectacles, smartphone, earphone, kendama, flute

What is your favorite childhood memory?
My happiest childhood memory was every time when school finished, I rushed out from school gate and the first view I saw was my mum had been there waiting for me.

How do you spend your free time?
Watch videos, listen to music, sing, read, think, chit-chat …anything that won’t cost much money

What is your favorite movie?
Don’t have favorite movie in mind. But I remember I watched The Tangled thrice in the cinemas. I enjoy most of the Disney movies.

What is something that you are OCD about/pet peeve?
Feel annoyed when hear the sound of running water in the washroom or kitchen.

What does a perfect day look like to you?
Spend time with my loved ones

If you could travel anywhere, where would you go and why?
While I’m still young and energetic, I prefer to travel to third world countries, to understand their living difficulties and lend my helping hands (Cheh). When I have no ability to help out, I would like to go Greece, Maldives, Turkey or Kyoto etc. to enjoy the scenic views with my dear.

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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.
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