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Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00

5Rs Campaign to Save the Earth

Written by  By Yong Siew Lee, Melaka / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

Cheng Kar Lok (1st right) believes that if we want others to follow us, we must lead by example.【Photograph by Goh Ah Lian】

Tzu Chi Taiwan's Collegiate Youth Team has launched a project named, "Give Me 5 – Seize the Day and Save the Earth". On March 23, 2013, Earth Hour day, Tzu Chi Melaka's Collegiate Youth followed suit by holding a "5Rs Campaign" in front of A’Famosa, a famous tourist spot.


On the early morning of March 23, 2013, about 120 Collegiate Youth members and friends from University of Multimedia and University of Technical Malaysia Melaka gathered at A’Famosa, a famous historical spot in Melaka, to promote the "5Rs Campaign" to the public in conjunction with Earth Hour.

At the end of 2012, Taiwan's Collegiate Youth Team launched a project named, "Give Me 5 - Seize the Day and Save the Earth". This project hopes to achieve the objective of encouraging more people to live a simple, frugal and low carbon lifestyle through the 5Rs Campaign.

Each participant was given a "5Rs Passport" to record their accomplishments of the 5Rs.

5Rs Passport

"Come on everybody, please support 5Rs and Give me 5."

"Do you know what the 5Rs mean?"

"It means reduce water usage, reduce electricity usage, reduce gasoline usage, reduce time wastage and reduce unnecessary expenditure."

Raising the posters they had made for the campaign, the Collegiate Youth members were heard earnestly urging the tourists to "Seize the day and save the Earth" together.

"Today is Earth Hour day, so shall we do the '5Rs' together? You can reduce water usage by reusing the water you used to wash rice to water the plants. And to reduce electricity usage, you can switch off the power supply to unused electrical appliances..."

Many tourists were happy to show their support by putting their thumbs on the "like" buttons of the posters.

"This is a meaningful activity," said Mr Sun Zhi Guo from Shandong, China, who supported the campaign and pledged to reduce electricity whenever possible.

Another tourist, Huang Chun Yan, also agreed that everyone should take measures to protect the environment and reduce wastage of resources.

After listening to the many tips given by the Collegiate Youth members, many said they must reduce unnecessary expenditure, and that it is very important to reduce water and electricity usage. The Collegiate Youth members also reminded all to support the Earth Hour campaign that night.

Activity Coordinator Lim Siew Chinn said, "It is everyone's responsibility to love and care for the Earth." Siew Chinn is not only doing recycling, but she also actively invites more of her peers to do it together.

One will grow into an infinite number

MMU's student, Ilavarasi does not understand Chinese, but she still seized the opportunity to join the activity, which she enjoyed greatly! Ilavarasi hoped to work harder on "reducing time wastage" by sleeping early and getting up early, instead of her usual wake-up time of 10 am, so that she could exercise and appreciate nature.

Cheng Kar Lok, a cadre member of Collegiate Youth Association, was seen working hard in explaining the "5Rs" campaign to tourists, as well as, assisting the newcomers.

After joining Tzu Chi and learning about the importance of environmental protection, Jia Le started to conserve paper, water, electricity, gasoline and so on. Lately, she even decided to stop using the washing machine and water heater.

Jia Le believes that if we want others to follow us, we must lead by example. She hopes to see that henceforth fellow Collegiate Youth members will practise the "5Rs" diligently for the Earth.



During the activity, a tourist reminded the Collegiate Youth members to carry on practising what they had promoted and make it a habit as environmental protection is a movement and not a one-day activity. Let us continue to pass on this good message until it reaches every human being.

 

The 120 Collegiate Youth members and friends went to Melaka's historical spot, A'Famosa, to hold their 'Give me 5' activity.【Photograph by Goh Ah Lian】 Participants making the promotional posters on the spot.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

The 120 Collegiate Youth members and friends went to Melaka's historical spot, A'Famosa, to hold their 'Give me 5' activity.【Photograph by Goh Ah Lian】

Participants making the promotional posters on the spot.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】
A mother and daughter signing the '5Rs' pledging card.【Photograph by Chua Fook Yuan】 Ilavarasi (2nd right) pledged to save time by getting up early in the morning to exercise and appreciate nature.【Photograph by Chua Fook Yuan】

A mother and daughter signing the '5Rs' pledging card.【Photograph by Chua Fook Yuan】

Ilavarasi (2nd right) pledged to save time by getting up early in the morning to exercise and appreciate nature.【Photograph by Chua Fook Yuan】
Mr Sun Zhi Guo (left) from China found the activity a meaningful one. He pledged to save electricity.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

Mr Sun Zhi Guo (left) from China found the activity a meaningful one. He pledged to save electricity.【Photograph by Yong Siew Lee】

 

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