Soka Gakkai Malaysia Marks Earth Week
On March 31, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) took part in the global Earth Hour initiative by turning lights off at SGM centers around Malaysia in order to save energy and raise awareness of global warming. SGM also helped organize Earth Day celebrations in Johor State at which there was an official "switching-off-the-lights" ceremony which began with a showing of the SGI and Earth Charter's "Seeds of Hope: Visions of sustainability, steps toward change" (SOH) exhibition, and a craft activity led by SGM members introducing creative ways of recycling.
From April 15 to 22, the University of Malaya Environmental Secretariat (UM CARES) and SGM co-organized the university's Earth Week events to promote sustainable development both at the university and in the community. The SOH exhibition was shown at several venues on the university campus and viewed by over 1,200 people.
On April 15, more than 360 people participated in an Eco Run over 7 km around the university campus. Other events included a bazaar and a workshop on organic farming at the campus compost center. There was also a public forum on global technology in waste management on April 17.
Speakers at the forum were Y. Bhg Dato' Dr. Nadzri Yahaya, director-general of the National Solid Waste Management Department; Mr. Gurmit Singh K.S., chairman of the board for the Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (CETDEM); Mr. Abdul Nasir bin Adnan, chief executive officer of Core Competencies, a company specializing in solid waste solutions; and Mr. Nik Nuru Hafiz Muhd Nor, a senior engineer of the Green Technology Initiative of the Malakoff power generation company.
The university's Earth Week events culminated on Earth Day, April 22, with talks on sustainable living and a showing of the film "One Day on Earth,"--a compilation of footage shot around the world on October 10, 2010.
The SOH exhibition was also shown at Universiti Sains Malaysia from April 25 to 27. The showing was organized by the university's Centre for Global Sustainability Studies and the Right Livelihood College which is also based at USM. Following the opening ceremony, the director of the Right Livelihood College, Professor Dato' Anwar Fazal, delivered a lecture titled "Seeds of Hope: Taking Action, Making a Difference."
[Adapted from articles from the Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) website; photos courtesy of SGM]