30th August 2019, KOTA KINABALU: The obligation for preserving and protecting the environment is the responsibility of every level of society and does not lie entirely on the government alone.
Deputy Chief Minister cum Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Christina Liew believed any environmental education programmes conducted in schools are essential for students to build knowledge on the importance of protecting the environment and promoting students’ behavioural change.
“Schools are encouraged to engage students, teachers, parents and supporting staff to participate and conduct any environmental programme,” she said during the launching of ‘Climate Change & Energy Efficiency Awareness Programme (CCEEAP)’ at KK High School here yesterday.
Her speech was read by Assistant Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Assafal Alian.
“Learning to love the environment from a young age will shape our young generation to have a high level of environmental awareness and hopefully through this process, they will develop positive action towards caring for the environment,” Liew said.
Climate change issue is becoming an important and critical global environmental agenda that requires serious attention by everyone, she said.
“With these challenges, our ultimate aim is to pursue sustainable development goal in Sabah where protection of the environment and combating climate change will be our vital concern.
“Sabah recognises that awareness and education is one of the main tools for sustainable development in the state, which saw the establishment of the Environment Protection Department (EPD) in 1998 where the fourth objective is to enhance awareness on the importance of the environment in Sabah,” Liew said.
The CCEEAP is the first time the Tourism Ministry through the EPD is collaborating with Sabah Electricity Sdn Bhd (SESB) to organise.
The main purpose is to raise awareness amongst school students on climate change and energy efficiency practices as one of the important actions in reducing the impacts of climate change.
This year, the programme involves 12 schools around Sabah where students will be exposed to knowledge on climate change and energy efficiency through both theory and interesting hands-on learning and activities.
During the event, Assafal witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Sabah Electricity Sdn. Bhd. Acting Managing Director Ir. Abdul Nasser bin Abdul Wahid and EPD Director Vitalis Moduying.