Kedah has emerged to succeed in the Eco-Schools program, an international initiative under UNESCO's Global Action on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) based on the education of sustainable development.
Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, said the Eco-Schools initiative was aimed at educating students to safeguard, preserve and later on became the agents in ensuring the state's environmental sustainability.
"The Green Growth Asia Foundation (GGAF) initiative, in collaboration with the Kedah State Education Department, involved 36 secondary and elementary schools in the state.
They will serve as Kedah ambassadors in seeking solutions to local issues locally, contributing to global solutions. This includes climate change and pollution occurring in the state, he said while launching the Eco-Schools program at the Northern Territory National Science Center today.
He said environmental issues could be addressed if the people understood the reasons and how to handle them and did not give up on the authorities alone.
One of the ways to address environmental issues is through a good lifestyle. The program will teach students to change their attitudes and 'mindset' to practice better-living practices.
"If practiced, it would certainly be good and remain a practice until adulthood," he said.
Mukhriz said the Eco-Schools program would be implemented for three years beginning next year and ending in 2022.
For the past three years, GGAF has been leading teachers and schoolchildren in identifying and solving environmental issues. With the experience of this program in Malacca, I hope the school will benefit from sharing this knowledge, He said.
Mukhriz said the program organized by the Chief Minister of Kedah Incorporated (MBI Kedah) was part of the international community of Eco-Schools involving 68 countries worldwide.
"The state government is committed to preserving the environment by launching the green agenda and the Green and Renewable Energy Masterplan, as well as reducing carbon emissions, reducing plastic bag use, reducing open burning and recycling activities, which can be done with the people," he said.
Mukhriz, who is also Kedah MBI chairman, hopes that the program will serve as a foundation for schools to contribute towards improving the quality of the environment, reducing carbon emissions and creating a positive impact on the environment over the long term.
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