Posted on November 21, 2011, Monday
MIRI: The Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water is collaborating with the Ministry of Education to introduce a green technology subject in schools soon to create greater awareness about this technology and climate change.
Its minister Datuk Seri Peter Chin said at the moment it had not been decided whether to implement it in primary or secondary schools.
“At the primary school level, there is now a subject called ‘Men and His Environment’.
“Anyway, introducing the proposed new subject later would help to bolster students’ awareness about environmental issues, such as global warming and climate change,” he said at Technology and Engineering Association (TEA) Northern Sarawak’s gathering at Grand Palace Hotel here last Saturday.
Chin explained that the proposed subject was in line with the government’s committment in implementing green technology.
Hence, it was deemed necessary to target the younger generation to get them to be actively involved in the whole process.
Chin told those present that one of the biggest challenges facing mankind at present was climate change.
“Climate change is not just about warming of the earth. Rather, it is more about its profound impact on man’s existence on this planet we call home, our livelihood, and
most importantly our food security.”
InMalaysia, he said, various initiatives had been put in place to combat climate change for years. These include awareness and adoption campaigns, energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts, enactment of environmental policies and regulatory framework, and active involvement at international forums.
“As we all know, environmental education for our children is critically important. Early environmental education has helped shape our children’s values, their perceptions, and their understanding of the environment so that they can be part of environmental changes in the future.”
He said he was glad that TEANorthern Sarawakhad taken positive steps to help address this increasingly important global issue.
“It is my fervent hope that many more corporations would come on board to help improve the quality of our environment, as part of their corporate responsibility.”