Save our rain­forests

It’s time we do some­thing about con­serv­ing our ecosys­tem.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - BRATS - By CAS­SAN­DRA YEOH brats@thes­tar.com.my

TURN on the tap and the wa­ter flows out. Switch on the elec­tric­ity and there is light. Of­ten times, we use nat­u­ral re­sources to help ease our daily lives but have we ever stopped to think about what is hap­pen­ing be­hind the scene? With global warm­ing, er­ratic weather con­di­tions and other en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues af­fect­ing our lives, it re­ally is about time that more people are proac­tive in con­serv­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and our nat­u­ral re­sources.

In hopes of mit­i­gat- ing these en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues, Per­tubuhan Pelin­dung Khaz­anah Alam Malaysia (PEKA) is or­gan­is­ing the Save Our Rain­for­est Race (SORR) – a 10km hike that will take place on March 29 at Hu­tan Sim­pan Sun­gai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. The event prom­ises to be more than just an or­di­nary race.

Par­tic­i­pants will do their part in help sav­ing the world by plant­ing trees dur­ing cer­tain parts of the hike.

At the press con­fer­ence ear­lier this month, PEKA pres­i­dent Puan Sri Shar­iffa Sab­rina said: “Malaysian cit­i­zens are not aware that Malaysia’s rate of de­for­esta­tion is one of the high­est in the world.”

Ac­cord­ing to Shar­iffa, there still isn’t enough em­pha­sis placed on for­est con­ser­va­tion. So it is im­por­tant for young adults to take ac­tion and make their own ini­tia­tive to put a stop to de­for­esta­tion.

“SORR is an easy first step: plant a tree; and it al­lows young adults to know their roles in sav­ing our rain­forests.”

Fret not if the 10-kilo­me­ter dis­tance in­tim­i­dates you – the word “Race” in the SORR de­notes the gen­er­a­tion of rain­for­est con­servers, and was used purely as a pun. So par­tic­i­pants aren’t ac­tu­ally ex­pected to run in this “race”.

The main ob­jec­tives of the event are to plant trees and ed­u­cate people on what we can do for Mother Na­ture.

Land­skap Malaysia chair­per­son Tun Jeanne Ab­dul­lah was also there at the press con­fer­ence to sup­port PEKA’s ef­forts.

In her speech, she re­minded us that: “We live in pre­cious Malaysia – rich in cen­gal wood, orang­utans and the Raf­fle­sia. Not ev­ery­one has it.”

It was a great point to pon­der upon as it left us to imag­ine what would hap­pen to our coun­try if we were to lose these pre­cious jewels.

“SORR can’t do this alone - we need you,” she said, clos­ing her speech.

Grab a part­ner and reg­is­ter for SORR be­fore March 16. Reg­is­tra­tion fees is RM80 per per­son. For more de­tails, visit peka­malaysia.org.

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