Sustainable Development

Back to listApr 24, 2011

Soka Gakkai Malaysia Promotes Sustainable Development and Earth Day

Mr. Gurmit SinghMr. Gurmit Singh giving a lecture at Wisma Kebudayaan

On April 16, Gurmit Singh, Chairman of the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM), delivered a lecture titled "Making Sustainable Development Happen" at Soka Gakkai Malaysia's (SGM) International Conference Hall, Wisma Kebudayaan in Kuala Lumpur. CETDEM is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of technology and sustainable development to improve the environment.

In his talk, Mr. Singh advocated the minimization of waste as a more efficient practice than recycling, which he views as a last resort. He emphasized the importance of using reusable, eco-friendly bags over plastic bags and walking or using public transport rather than driving. 

On April 22 and 23, a showing of the "Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps Toward Change" exhibition was held at the SMJK Pei Hwa school in Johor. The exhibition was co-organized by the school and its alumni association, alongside SGM.

Video showing at a Video showing at a "Seeds of Hope" exhibition

The exhibition was officiated by Y.B. Tuan Ir. Haji Hamin bin Samuri, Ledang Member of Parliament, and attracted 2,000 visitors, including teachers, students and parents. As part of the event, SGM also assisted the Tan Chin Tuan Foundation in the distribution of coupons, donated by the foundation, to 272 students from 15 primary and secondary schools in Ledang and Muar districts toward the purchase of books, school bags, stationary and uniforms.

Exhibit of crafts made of recycled materialsExhibit of crafts made of recycled materials

"Seeds of Hope" was also shown at Han Chiang High School, Penang, from April 17- 18. On April 17, the exhibition was held in conjunction with the "Third Penang Earth Day 2011, Nation Environmental Veg Day," organized by Save Earth Alliance, Pertubuhan Sudarshan Kriya Pulau Pinang and Han Chiang High School.

Activities included environment education booths, lectures, tree-plantings, movies on green issues and a "green healing" energy session. Free vegetarian food was also provided by the organizers.

Student takes part in SOH activityStudent takes part in "Seeds of Hope" activity

On April 24, SGM Johor participated in an Earth Day event organized by the Johor City Council, where SGM members gave a drum performance, danced a traditional Malaysian dance called zapin, and exhibited crafts made of recycled materials. Some 2,000 visitors attended the event, including the Mayor of Johor Bahru, Tn. Haji Mohd Jaffar Bin Awang and other local dignitaries.

[Adapted from articles in the June 2011 edition Cosmic magazine, Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) and SGM website; photos courtesy of SGM]