Environmental Citizenship Defined
It's your ability, as an integral part of a larger environment, to take a step
back and think how your daily life and the lives of others affect the
environment. The IMPIAN (DREAM) does not stop at the thinking process. It
requires you to act and improve upon your daily practices to benefit both you
and the environment.
Citizens in Action
Where can you start? Here are some ideas:
1- turn off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing your face
2- turn off the lights or electrical appliances in your homes, offices or
classrooms when not in use
3- separate your household garbage and get rewarded at the buy back centre
4- bring your own food (or even drink) containers along every time you purchase
5- join a group like a river watch programme that helps you understand the
process of monitoring river water quality in your area
6- if there's none in your area, play a more proactive role by starting a
residential association that is concerned about the environment
7- co-organize a talk with an environmental NGO as an activity
8- set up a small buy back centre with your neighbors where proceeds are
channeled towards environmental activities for your area.
Be an Environmental Citizen
2006 Environmental Citizenship: Emerging Perspectives in Malaysia nationwide
survey, beginning in January to April 2006.
WWF-Malaysia is conducting the Survey in collaboration with the Teacher
Education Division (TED), Curriculum Development Centre (CDC), Education
Planning Research Department (EPRD), Department of Environment (DOE), Universiti
Malaya (UM), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), Universiti Putra Malaysia
(UPM), and Global Environment Centre (GEC).
With the hope that results from the survey can influence the
Malaysian society to examine its perception of biodiversity conservation and the
environment in our country.
The environment has no one else to help it except you and me. Its very existence
tomorrow depends on our willing to take that first step to translate
concerns into action today. This ensure that the world will still be here for
future generations to enjoy.