Second edition of YSD Environment Day themed “Connect People to Nature”
Kuala Lumpur, 27 April 2017 – For the second year running, Yayasan Sime Darby (YSD) will be hosting the Yayasan Sime Darby Environment Day 2017, this time in the Klang Valley with a host of activities on all things green and sustainable.
In conjunction with the World Environment Day, the YSD Environment Day will be held at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac) on 9 May 2017 from 9am to 10pm.
Celebrated every year on 5 June, the World Environment Day is led by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The theme for this year’s World Environment Day is “Connecting People to Nature” to spur individuals to explore their natural environment, learn about the importance and urgency of saving and protecting the Earth that its citizens share and appreciate the beauty of nature.
YSD Environment Day 2017, which adopts the same theme, will allow participants to unplug from their daily humdrum and immerse themselves in various activities highlighting vital Malaysian ecosystems, its beauty and the life it supports.
The day will be filled with a variety of activities such as exhibitions by YSD beneficiaries and stakeholders and others organisations including the Borneo Sun Bear Conservation Centre (BSBCC), Borneo Rhino Alliance (BORA), Reef Check Malaysia (RCM), Nestle Malaysia, the Danau Girang Field Centre (DGFC), Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), Malaysia Hydroponics, Grub Cycle, Nature Food Lab, Fuze Ecoteer, Suri Inspirasi, Sampah, Menyampah! and many more.
The day-long event will also see the launch of a new documentary series called “Borneo Jungle Diaries” produced by film production company Scubazoo. Participants can look forward to the first two episodes of the series which will be screened exclusively at YSD Environment Day. The online series will document species unique to Borneo such as the Proboscis Monkey, Clouded Leopard and Bornean Banteng, among others.
YSD Environment Day will also feature workshops focusing on everything environmentally friendly such as learning how to make waxed paper straws as an eco-friendly alternative to using plastic straws, how to make your very own all natural toothpaste and lip balm, and even making soap and candles from used cooking oil.
For lovers of marine mammals, YSD Environment Day 2017 will also host a workshop on marine mammal stranding response to be conducted by MareCet Research Organisation.
Aside from exhibitions and workshops, participants will be able to join compelling talks covering a variety of topics from the importance of conserving wild elephants in Peninsular Malaysia to coral reef conservation.
There will also be captivating and life-changing documentaries screened from 8.00pm onwards. Participants will be able to catch a notable documentary screening by National Geographic titled, “Operation Sumatran Rhino: Mission Critical” which tells the story of the last three rhinos left in Malaysia and the challenges to conserve one of the remaining few iconic large mammals in Malaysia.
Visitors will also be able to hear unique stories from Borneo through documentaries captured by Suara Films, such as the local tradition of keeping Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrots as pets.
Parents can look forward to participating in eco-centric games to engage children and impart lessons on the importance of environmental preservation.
YSD Environment Day 2017 seeks to raise public awareness, interest and understanding on the importance of conservation and benefits of a healthy environmental ecosystem, an event that is surely fit for all, young and old.
Since 2009, YSD has committed RM130 million towards the protection of high conservation value ecosystems, vulnerable and endangered species as well as initiatives promoting the preservation of the environment and biodiversity.
About Yayasan Sime Darby
Yayasan Sime Darby, or Sime Darby Foundation, was established in 1982 and is the primary driver of Sime Darby Berhad’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.
The objectives of Yayasan Sime Darby are supported by its five pillars, namely: education; environment; community & health; youth & sports; arts & culture. While led by independent members of a Governing Council and managed by a dedicated team, Yayasan Sime Darby works closely with the Sime Darby Group, in areas of mutual interest.
Since its inception, Yayasan Sime Darby has awarded scholarships worth RM253 million to 3,357 students both in and outside Malaysia. It is supporting long term research projects of significant scientific value like the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project which is the world’s largest ecological project, and the Reforestation and Rehabilitation of Orang Utan Habitats in Northern Ulu Segama.
Yayasan Sime Darby is also actively involved in the development and improvement of sports in Malaysia namely track cycling, cricket, sailing and golf. Under its community & health pillar, Yayasan Sime Darby supports initiatives to promote the well-being of disadvantaged people irrespective of race, culture, religion, creed or gender and works with established organisations to promote the development of arts & culture.
For further information, please contact:
Senior Executive, Public Relations
Yayasan Sime Darby
Tel: 03-2691 4122 Ext 7614, 013-256 7160 (HP)