GOING GREEN: Anugerah Hijau can help bring change
IT pleases me to read the report "Govt hospitals to go green" (NST, Aug 7). This is the right move and an "in" thing, too.
The Earth Hour is an example of a green initiative with a wide-reaching impact.
Recently, a national green competition aimed at creating awareness of the environment among youth welcomed ideas that will be used to develop short videos and fashion designs with a green theme.
It is aimed at pushing the creativity and mindset of youth to include broader issues such as the environment.
Competitions like these are useful. While they may not bring about change overnight, they will help plant a seed that will grow and bear fruit in the future generations of Malaysians.
The Anugerah Hijau competition hopes to spur youth to think, "What can I do to help the environment?"
A paperless format was created for submission to help minimise the carbon footprint on the environment.
Not many people realise the impact of the fashion industry on the environment.
From sourcing for raw materials to production, and for a completed attire to reach the shopping malls, it may have travelled thousands of miles.
In short, fashion uses a lot of energy and resources and if we are to work towards a self-sustaining society, we have to seriously think of what we will be wearing in the future.
Videos or films, on the other hand, could potentially open up the eyes of Malaysians to what is happening around them locally and globally, especially if it relates to the environment.
Today, it may also be important to tackle one aspect of an environmental issue and, at the same time, entertain, educate and inform the masses.
Ignorance is a silent killer, so let's hope the green issues take us beyond just planting trees or recycling.