Students Go Green with Recycling and Tree-Planting

23 09 2010

KUCHING – On 15 September 2010, the Kuching Young Christian Students (KYCS) East Malaysian Encounter (EME) participants organised a Plant-A-Tree (PAT) program that was held at the St. Joseph’s Parish Centre from 7am to 12pm. The program was to signify an action of combating climate change, with a long term target to influence other student movements to join in the action of providing a better environment for all, especially in schools.

Young Christian Students from SMK Batu Lintang, SMK Green Road, SMK Penrissen No. 1, SMK St. Joseph, SMK St. Teresa and SMK Sungai Maong attended this program besides Student Animators and a few teacher animators which totaled up to about 40 people gathered at the St Joseph’s Cathedral Parish Gallery for the half-day program.

Recycling Program was held at the same time as the PAT program. During the PAT program, there were video showing and sharing on the EME camp. Fr Simon was invited to give a talk on ‘Christian Faith and Sustainability in Conjunction with UN World Environmental Day’. The session was on Christian’s perspectives about the environment and that man takes care of what belongs to God the creator.

In addition to that, Claudia Law, one of the Student Animators conducted the Review of Life (ROL) session on Climate Change based on the YCS Methodology of See, Judge and Act. In this session, students discussed about everyone’s responsibilities relating to environmental issues. A participant from every group was asked to share their groups’ ideas of how to contribute positively to Mother Nature.

A tree hunting session begins right after the previous session ended. Participants from respective schools were to find their own trees tagged with their school’s name on it. The trees were hidden at the St. Peter’s College grounds. Once the trees were found, everyone gathered at the gallery for the closing ceremony.

During the closing ceremony, Fr Simon blessed the trees that were sponsored by the Semenggoh Forestry Department, followed by a closing prayer. Everyone witnessed the planting of the KYCS tree at the allocated land near the Parish Centre, thereafter they were briefed on the planting of trees. Each school brought a tree back to be planted in their respective school compounds or any suitable location.

Rachel Remus



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