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Sunday, 14 October 2018 18:57

Raising Environmental Awareness in Shopping Mall

Written by  Yaw Ah Moi & Tan Kim Hion, KL & Selangor / Translated by Lee Hui Yieng

Volunteers encouraged the shoppers to swap their plastics bags for reusable shopping bags. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

Berjaya Corporation Berhad and Tzu Chi KL & Selangor jointly organized an environmental protection exhibition from October 11 to 14, 2018, at Berjaya Times Square. Besides calling upon everyone to look into the reasons behind the frequent occurrences of natural disasters, there was also a charity sale of recycled handicrafts to raise funds for the Indonesia earthquake victims.


Berjaya Corporation Berhad and Tzu Chi KL & Selangor jointly organized an environmental protection exhibition for four days from October 11, 2018, at Berjaya Times Square. Themed “Coexist with the Earth”, the exhibition underscored five main areas, namely, vegetarianism, global warming, plastic pollution, the 5Rs of recycling, and the environmental impacts of livestock farming.

At the exhibition, a volunteer dressed up as a robot to attract the passers-by’s attention, and encourage them to stop using plastic bags. Volunteers also explained to the public members how used PET bottles can be recycled to produce eco-blankets and clothing through the innovations of DA.AI Technology.

There were also live shows of Chinese calligraphy, line dance and vegetarian cooking by the Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre, to promote quality eco-friendly lifestyle. Video clips were also shown on a TV to publicize Tzu Chi International School Kuala Lumpur, which incorporates life and living education in its curriculum. There were also booths for charity sale of pre-loved items and recycled crafts to advocate the concept of reducing wastes and extending the lifespan of resources.

Change now for a better future

Apart from the exhibition, the organizer also held a conference themed, “Make a Difference for a Sustainable Future”, on the first day of the event. It attracted some 1,100 participants. Yeo Kar Peng, one of the inspiring speakers, highlighted that every corporation holds the responsibility of protecting the environment. Tan Sri Vincent Tan, Founder of Berjaya Corporation, shared his journey as a vegetarian. He was inspired by Master Cheng Yen to embrace vegetarianism three years ago. Other than some weight loss, he found himself to have a sharper mind thanks to a vegetarian lifestyle. He also established Save the Sea Sdn Bhd that is involved in river and ocean clean-up, in an effort to restore Mother Earth to its former beauty.

 

 

Volunteer Francis Tan shared about environmental issues, hoping that the audience will take it seriously and work together to mitigate the effects of global warming. [Photograph by Ong See Lim]   Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Echo Chien officiated the environmental protection exhibition after the Conference. [Photograph by Ong See Lim]

Volunteer Francis Tan shared about environmental issues, hoping that the audience will take it seriously and work together to mitigate the effects of global warming. [Photograph by Ong See Lim]
 
Tan Sri Vincent Tan and Echo Chien officiated the environmental protection exhibition after the Conference. [Photograph by Ong See Lim]
 
Teacher Mahayu Mussim brought her students to the environmental protection exhibition. She encouraged her students to donate for Indonesia quake victims. [Photograph by Leong Yu Joe]
  Volunteer Yap Sit Lai, who is good at upcycling, donated some plants that she and her parents produced to raise funds for the Indonesian quake victims. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]

Volunteers encouraged the shoppers to swap their plastics bags for reusable shopping bags. [Photograph by Lim Chin Shein]
 
 
Teacher Mahayu Mussim brought her students to the environmental protection exhibition. She encouraged her students to donate for Indonesia quake victims. [Photograph by Leong Yu Joe]