SGM Celebrates Sustainable Development in April




The community clean-up The community clean-up in progress

Celebrating April as the "month of sustainable development," Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in Selangor held activities promoting environmental protection and eco-consciousness, including a community clean-up, tree planting, an exhibition and a lecture.

Titled "Let the Shoots of Hope Illuminate Our Homes," the tree planting was held at the SGM Kedah Culture Centre on April 19 to mark Earth Day, which is celebrated internationally on April 22. The planting was attended by some 80 people including friends of SGM members. Participants were given saplings to plant in their own gardens.

Planting a tree Planting a tree for the future at the SGM Kedah Culture Centre

On April 28, members living in Sungai Buloh and Bestari Jaya held a community clean-up in collaboration with the Kuala Selangor district council. Some 70 people participated, including some local residents, who, seeing the activity in progress, decided to volunteer alongside SGM members to clear garbage, unclog drains and cut down dead branches at a playground in Taman Pancaran in Bestari Jaya.

On the same day, Anthony Tan, executive director of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) gave a lecture titled "Road Map towards Sustainable and Environmentally-friendly Development in Malaysia" at the SGM Petaling Jaya Centre. In his talk, Mr. Tan highlighted the need for ordinary citizens to become stewards of the environment, to be wary of greenwashing or deceptive green advertising and to make lifestyle changes in order to realize a sustainable society. One such change he advocated was the increased use of public transport to reduce vehicle emissions.

Anthony Tan Anthony Tan speaking on sustainable development at the SGM Petaling Jaya Centre

In addition, SGI and Earth Charter's jointly created exhibition "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" was on display at the Centre. There was also an art contest for children aged 7 to 12 and a performance by members of SGM's Fei Yan Symphonic Band. related article Seeds of Change Seeds of Change Downloadable pdfs for the SGI exhibition, Seeds of Change: The Earth Charter and Human Potential. This exhibit was first shown at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002.

[Adapted from an article on the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy of SGM]

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