Date: 24 September 2018
Location: Taman Tugu Nursery
Over the last two weeks, we hosted more than 600 people from various schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and corporations during the Taman Tugu Eco Week which kicked off on 8 September 2018. The Taman Tugu Eco Week was a chance for members of the public to contribute towards the preservation and conservation of Taman Tugu. The Taman Tugu Eco Week was a lead up to the Taman Tugu Eco Day, on 22nd September.
The Taman Tugu Eco Day was held to mark the opening of completed parts of the Taman Tugu Forest Park and was an invitation for members of the public to experience these areas.
The Eco Day was open to the public and we are hoping to run it annually to drive better awareness around conservation and preservation of public green spaces. During the Eco Day, members of the public got the opportunity to spend time in a forest setting and be amongst the first to walk the Taman Tugu Forest Trails which were the main attraction on that day.
There were booths set up by Free Tree Society (FTS), Global Environment Centre (GEC), Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC), Think City (TC), Malaysian Nature Society (MNS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and Mah Meri Group – the indigenous Senoi subgroup from the western part of Peninsular Malaysia. At the booths, members of the public had the opportunity to learn more about environmental and cultural conservation and preservation. They also participated in educational games and activities such as Learn to Plant at the FTS booth, Learn to Make Soap and Candles at the GEC booth, Learn to Weave at the Mah Meri and How to Recycle at the MNS booth. Elena and Hau Young from Bike with Elena also hosted a bicycle workshop on how to ride safely in the city.
During the Eco Day, Baida Hercus, founder of Free Tree Society, gave a riveting talk on climate change and shared her experience attending the Climate Reality Project, founded by Al Gore, in the U.S. this year. She also shared ways we can all be environmental stewards; by taking one step at a time.
Irshad Mobarak, a keen naturalist, conservationist, and educator also shared his experience as he unravelled the natural history of the hornbills, one of Malaysia’s most loved birds. He also shared about the rampant deforestation occurring in Langkawi and the poaching of hornbills.
Beside the talks, there were screenings of videos about the environment and steps that one could take to help reduce our carbon footprint. The newly produced 6-part documentary series by WWF on Malayan Tigers, aptly named On The Brink Of Extinction, was also screened at the Eco Day. The documentary comprises of mini stories told through the eyes of different individuals, all of whom highlighted the need for greater collaborative efforts to save the king of Malaysia’s forests.
To further add to Eco Day, there were performances by the Mah Meri Group, Traditional Angklung performance by children from Rumah Kasih Harmoni, and an acoustic performance by Markiza & Peter where they sang own compositions on nature.
Being true Malaysians, there was an array of food available for members of the public to enjoy.
The Eco Day ended with the announcement of the winners of the Greenovation Bench & Gazebo Design (“Greenovation”) Competition.
The Greenovation Competition was launched in September 2017 by Khazanah Nasional Berhad in collaboration with the Institute of Landscape Architects Malaysia (“ILAM”). This is an idea-based design competition for innovative benches or gazebos that will be built and placed within Taman Tugu. We received more than 200 inspiring designs from students and practitioners across Malaysia. After rigorous shortlisting sessions, the top 20 designs were identified and the finalists were then invited for a project briefing session. Following that, the 20 designs were exhibited at Publika where a public voting session was hosted and the results contributed 20% to the final results. The remaining 80% were from the final judging session held in March this year. The panellists include the former managing director of Khazanah, Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Azman Mokhtar, and former president of ILAM, Assoc. Professor Dr. Osman Mohd Tahir. The results from the competition are displayed below.
We would like to thank all of you for celebrating Taman Tugu Eco Day with us and all our participating partners, FTS, GEC, TRCRC, TC, MNS, WWF, the Mah Meri Group, Bike with Elena, vendors, our speakers, Baida Hercus and Irshad Mobarak, the performers, EcoKnights for contributing some short educational clips, and MRM for contributing the music license. We would also like to thank the Greenovation finalists for their time, effort, patience, and for contributing towards the project. Lastly, a special thank you to Forest House Sdn. Bhd. for all their support in the conservation and preservation of Taman Tugu and for designing, building and funding The Forest House.
We hope all you enjoy Taman Tugu as much as we have in conserving our green heritage. If you would like to volunteer for the Taman Tugu Project, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.