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Monday, 27 April 2015 11:13

Promoting Environmental Protection at Chung Hua

Written by  Lee Heng Lun, Seremban / Translated by Cheong Pei Lin

Volunteer showed an eco-blanket made from PET plastic bottles to the students.  [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

At the invitation of Chung Hua High School, Tzu Chi volunteers in Seremban walked into the school compound to advocate environmental protection. It is hoped to inculcate the concept in the young generation and promote a recycling culture in school.


 
The 21st Century is the era of information. Everyone can access information easily via 3C products nowadays. As such, some youngsters are now addicted to smart phones, resulting in a deterioration in their studies and daily lives. For this reason, Chung Hua High School has started to restrict students staying in the hostel to carry their smart phones around.
 
Ng Wei Shyong, who works as a warden for the past three years, felt that external assistance would be needed to solve disciplinary problems, especially the smart phone issue, which is very rampant nowadays.
 
Tzu Chi, which focuses on life’s education like act of kindness and environmental protection, complements the formal education, and is also consistent with the school’s philosophy in “nurturing students for a bright future”. Thus, the school has sought Tzu Chi’s assistance.
 
After much coordination between both parties, it was decided that the first sharing would be based on environmental protection, hoping that the students would learn to treasure Mother Earth.
 
A light drizzle at 7 pm on April 27, 2015, did not deter some 200 students from attending the sharing. On arrival, they were led into the new auditorium, where they waited patiently for Tzu Chi volunteers. As volunteers arrived, they were welcomed with a round of applause.
 
To kick-start the event, attendees were briefed on Tzu Chi’s missions prior to the sharing on environmental protection. Following that was the screening of an edited movie, “The Day After Tomorrow”, which was actually filmed in 2004 as a disaster movie. Today, some 11 years later, the scenes have become a reality. Besides this movie, some other related short films were also shown.
 
In her 1990 speech, Master Cheng Yen had encouraged everyone to use their clapping hands to put environmental protection into action. Since then, Tzu Chi volunteers have been appealing to people from all social strata to join in the recycling.
 
“Convert thrash into gold, gold into love, love into a stream of purity around the world.” This familiar slogan has summed up the idea behind Tzu Chi’s environmental protection. Volunteers would collect precious resources abandoned by others for recycling, and the proceeds from recycling will be channelled to help the poor.
 
Be contented and thrifty
 
The event was spiced up with interesting activities, such as, singing the song “Contentment”, with lyrics that say, “think discreetly of what you want and what you have...” The simple and lively sign language, coupled with catchy words, soon attracted the students’ attention to the need to be content and frugal.
 
After the talk, student Lim Jay Xhun realized that environmental protection is more than recycling as it also includes saving electricity and water, using recycled cutlery, not wasting food and so on. She also learnt that it is not necessary to have an expensive hand-phone so long as it is working.
 
Jay Xhun, who is picky about food said, “I will not be a picky eater from now on. To avoid wastage, I will not take food that I do not want to eat.” Now that she has understood the hardship of food preparers, she will finish up her food no matter what she gets.
 
Volunteers also screened another film regarding the unnecessary death of wild animals upon consuming the garbage discarded by humans. In one of the scenes, the stomachs of rotten corpses were full of garbage. The students were greatly astonished by the scenes.
 
During the question and answer session, there was an overwhelming response from the crowd and Jing Si Aphorism cards were given out as reward by volunteers. Finally, when the song “Love and Care for All” was played, everyone sang their heart out and prayed wholeheartedly for a peaceful world with no calamities.
 
With Tzu Chi volunteers spreading the idea of environmental protection in school, it is hoped that the students will practise it in their daily lives, hence inspiring more to follow suit and create an eco-friendliness in school.
 
 
Students were able to appreciate environmental protection via relevant movies. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]   Volunteers shared the concept of environmental protection with almost 200 students from the hostel. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

Students were able to appreciate environmental protection via relevant movies. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
Volunteers shared the concept of environmental protection with almost 200 students from the hostel. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
Students were enjoying themselves with the song “Contentment”. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]   Volunteers gave out souvenirs to the warden, Ng Wei Shyong (3rd right). [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]

Students were enjoying themselves with the song “Contentment”. [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]
 
Volunteers gave out souvenirs to the warden, Ng Wei Shyong (3rd right). [Photograph by Chan Kai Sian]