Saving the environment creatively

INSTILLING environmental-awareness among youth is vital in ensuring that the young generation will continue to advocate the efforts of environmental conservation in the sultanate.

The Waste 2 Art Exhibition by Green Brunei, an environmental NGO, served to fulfil this purpose as it aimed to ‘galvanise youths into action’ in preserving the environment through continuous promotion of green initiatives such as 3Rs (reuse, reduce and recycle) and proper waste management.

Project Manager for the event Mohd Norazwan Hj Mohd Anarul Adelluddin told The Brunei Times that the exhibition provides youth with an alternative way in managing waste as students learn to express environmental concerns through their artwork by using recycled waste materials.

“There are so many ways to manage waste, and creating them into an art is one of the ways we can diversify our waste management,” he said.

“This enhances the creativity of the youth themselves as they try to relay environmental issues through their artwork,” Mohd Norazwan said, adding that it will also instil in them the care and love for a future of ‘greener environment’.

“Our main focal point is the youth as they are the future generation that will continue this ongoing effort in conserving our environment and hopefully to spread this awareness to other members of the public as well,” said the Green Brunei’s member.

Guest of honour, Martinah Hj Tamit, head of the Environmental Planning and Management Division under Ministry of Development expressed her support to such initiative by Green Brunei in promoting environmental awareness to the public especially youth.

“This kind of event instils a sense of responsibility of our young generation towards our environment conservation,” she told The Brunei Times.

“Through the artworks that we have seen, it reflects an awareness of these youth in appreciating their environment by putting values into waste and symbolically addressing some of the environmental issues we are facing,” she added.

Themed as ‘We Are The Greener Generation’, the event saw participations of more than 20 schools nationwide who competed in three categories. The categories were divided based on educational levels with Colouring competition for Primary Schools; Artwork for Secondary Schools and Sculpting for Pre-Universities and Vocational Schools.

Siti Hazwani Abdullah from Sengkurong Primary School won the first category, while Nur Atiyah Farihah Hj Azaman from Yayasan Sultan Hj Hassanal Bolkiah Secondary School was crowned winner for her artwork titled ‘Save Our Planet’. Meanwhile, a team of two from Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre, Nur Syahindah Abdullah and Nurul Aqilah Abidin were announced champions for the last category with their sculpture piece (a Barramundi fish or ‘Siakap’ made up of cans) that symbolised impacts of industrial revolution in polluting water and endangering marine life. “Looking at our conditions in Brunei right now, the condition is bad such as Kg Ayer, (where) the water is polluted with waste either from houses or development works,” said Nur Syahindah. “Here (the art piece), we are trying to send the message that before the pollution gets worse, we need to open our eyes more and change our habits, and stop being ignorant about our environment,” added the college student.


Source: The Brunei Times