Date: 19 October 2019
Location: Taman Tugu Nursery
We held our second Taman Tugu Eco Day today where about 3,000 people from all walks of life joined us in making the day a joyous and memorable one.
The Eco Day was an open event to the public to drive better awareness around conservation and preservation of public green spaces. It also provided an opportunity for the Taman Tugu team to engage with the public on progress of the Taman Tugu Project, preview completed parts of the park and provide a better understanding of the project, to bridge the gap for people who have never been in the forest to catch a glimpse and experience the forest in the heart of the city, and to enhance and continue building the community around the project and support for it.
During the Eco Day, members of the public got the opportunity to spend time and participate in various activities in nature.
There were informational booths by Free Tree Society (FTS), Global Environment Centre (GEC), Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC), Think City (TC), Greenpeace Malaysia, Tatana Roots, Ecocentric Transitions, and Mah Meri Group – the indigenous Senoi subgroup from the western part of Peninsular Malaysia. Members of the public got the chance to learn more about our natural biodiversity, environmental and cultural conservation and preservation at these booths as well as participate in educational games and activities such as planting, making a wildlife habitat, making a candle from used cooking oil, making a seed bomb, RIMBA card game, weaving, to name a few.
Greenpeace Malaysia, gave a riveting and timely talk on the recycling myth – on how Malaysia was treated as the world’s garbage importer and on how the plastics and other waste items are not recycled, but instead burnt. Mr. Heng from Greenpeace ended the talk with some advice on how we as individuals can help with this problem – by being mindful of our waste and reusing instead of recycling.
Abyan Junus from Anak Rimba Books then had her first official book reading of the latest book, A River For My Family. It tells a tale of a little dragonfly in search for a cleaner river to live in. The story teaches us of the importance of our rivers and how to take care for them.
This year, there was a bouncing castle for children to enjoy and a Marketplace of 16 vendors, from community start-ups and indigenous groups, where people got a chance to shop in a forest-setting.
To further add to the fun. there were community activities and performances. There was Zumba conducted by Kelab Senam Robik, Singing in the Park conducted by the Philharmonic Society of Selangor, and performances by the Movimento Simples De Capoeira, Mah Meri Group, and Bihzhu.
Bihzhu ended the Taman Tugu Eco Day with her uplifting songs and vibes which left audiences finger-snapping, clapping, foot-tapping, and dancing to the Sumazau.
Being true Malaysians, there was an array of food available for members of the public to enjoy.
Eco Day this year was more meaningful as we got about 500 children from underprivileged communities to celebrate this day with us. It was heartwarming to see the children leaving the Eco Day with wide, cheerful smiles.
We are extremely grateful to all of you for making the second Taman Tugu Eco Day a memorable and joyous day filled with fun and laughter. It was great seeing the various communities come together to enjoy and care for nature whilst participating in the various activities.
Thank you to our amazing volunteers, partners Kelab Senam Robik, Ecocentric Transitions, Free Tree Society Kuala Lumpur Global Environment Centre, Greenpeace Malaysia Mah Meri, Tatana Roots, Think City, Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre – TRCRC, speakers Heng from Greenpeace Malaysia, and Abyan Junus from Anak Rimba Books, The Philharmonic Society of Selangor, Movimento Simples de Capoeira Malaysia, Bihzhu, and the Marketplace vendors, Bario AgroBiodiversity Hub, Bueno Blocks, Cotton + Sago, ETL No. 9 – Malaysia, Helping Hands Penan, The Honey Hearts, Jacobs Corner Achar, Jugle Amoi, Noosh Naturals, Oh Little Mess, Kintry Artisan Food Co., Ruits Juices, Tinkering Zone, and The Green Panty KL.