EFFECTIVE EDUCATION: A month-long exhibition on the benefits of Effective Microorganisms and how to adopt the 5Rs system to help in contributing to a greener environment
JOHOR BARU: WHAT is Effective Microorganism (EM)? We have heard of it before. It is not a new discovery. But many still do not have an in-depth knowledge of the technology as well as the vast advantages and benefits of EM.
Tanah Sutera Development Sdn Bhd, which owns and manages Sutera Mall here, is organising a month-long exhibition from Friday to create a wider awareness on EM and how to adopt the concept of 5Rs (rethink, reduce, reuse, recycle and be responsible) so that everyone can play a role in fighting global warming and climate change.
Called the "EM & ME and 5Rs Exhibition", the event will feature a total of 13 galleries.
Senior centre manager Goh Lak Jin told a Press conference recently that everyone can help in the conservation of the earth simply by changing their daily habits.
"By embracing good habits, one can fight global warming which can bring about disasters like flooding and famine," Goh said.
"We can save lives by not becoming a contributing factor to environmental toxins and pollution."
Goh added that by using EM and adopting the 5Rs, one could make a difference in the world.
"EM is used in agriculture, animal husbandry, aquaculture, soil treatment and construction, among others," he said.
"Sutera Mall has been using EM technology in the cleaning and maintenance of the shopping complex for the past two years."
Johor Interior Designers' Association (JIDA), one of the co-organisers, will showcase their creativity in one of the galleries where they will design a modern home setting to depict how one can save electricity and reduce waste in the home.
"We will also set up two spheres where one will show its inhabitants living in a world which is rotting away, and another world where the inhabitants are thriving in a green environment," said Goh.
"By comparing these two worlds, discerning folk will know the wisdom of going green."
Visitors will get to learn how to make EM products like EM mudballs, EM fermented food waste, EM fermented rice-rinsed water, EM waste oil soap and activated EM.
At the event, one can also find EM-treated vegetables and fruits sourced from a farm at Saraburi, Thailand. There will also be talks and competitions lined up throughout the event on weekends. Another highlight is the souvenir gallery where visitors can buy 8GB pen drives made in the likes of EM bacteria. Other items include notepads, bookmarks and T-shirts.
There will also be counters set up by JIDA, Soka Gakkai Malaysia, Buddhist Tzu-Chi Merits Society Malaysia, Amitabha Centre and EM Research Organisation Incorporated. Co-organisers of the event include the Singapore National Library and Johor State Library Corporation.
For further information, call Goh at 012-783 5119 or Zahayu Shima Ayub at 019-778 7272.