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Planet Us Educates And Encourages Malaysian Youth On Sustainable Climate Action

Planet Us Educates And Encourages Malaysian Youth On Sustainable Climate Action

The social enterprise Biji-biji Initiative and the United States embassy jointly organised the event.

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After informing and mobilizing youth across Malaysia on combating the climate crisis through sustainable action, Planet Us has arrived in Kuala Lumpur.

Jointly organized by the social enterprise Biji-Biji Initiative and the U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur, Planet Us is an interactive, educational exhibit.

The goal is to educate and inspire Malaysian youth to play a more proactive role in tackling the climate crisis and in contributing to an environmentally sustainable future.

Spearheaded by the U.S. Embassy’s American Corners network, Planet Us takes place in The Square, Publika Shopping Gallery Kuala Lumpur from 15-19 February, and at Taman Tugu from 24-26 February.

The exhibit features a variety of workshops on topics such as edible gardening, zero-waste living, and upcycling.

Learning About Sustainability Has Never Been So Fun

Visitors can also look forward to the interactive, physical exhibition, which imparts engaging information on urban sustainability, wildlife protection, and the preservation of marine resources.

In addition, visitors can participate virtually in the Planet Us upcycling competition, which encourages youth to turn waste into something purposeful and exciting.

Participants can also play the online game at the Planet Us website to test their sustainability habits and better understand the daily steps they can take to reduce waste.

Coping With Global Warming In The Future

Planet Us emphasizes three climate actions for sustainability: Conserve the responsible use of natural resources, Preserve environmental resources, and Innovate using technology and research to solve environmental challenges.

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Newbill, said that these three climate actions mean that Planet Us aspires to:

  • enhance environmental literacy
  • encourage sustainable habits
  • implement solutions to climate change among Malaysian youth.

Supporting Malaysian efforts on sustainable climate action is a key goal of our embassy. We are thrilled to have worked with Biji-Biji Initiative, which does amazing work on education and sustainability within communities.

U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur’s Deputy Chief of Mission, Michael Newbill on encouraging Malaysian youth to continue increasing their awareness of environmental sustainability.
Planet Us seeks to improve environmental literacy, encourage sustainable habits, and execute solutions to climate change among Malaysian youths. (Pix: US Embassy)

He added that since June 2022, Planet Us has continued to educate thousands of young Malaysians about the impact of their daily actions on the environment.

Program partner in KL, EcoKnights, represented by its President, Dr Yasmin Rashid, hoped their participation in the Planet Us exhibition and workshops would contribute to impacting climate change.

A little can go a long way. I look forward to sharing the knowledge I have gathered by being a part of this campaign with my family and friends so we can all live in a more sustainable Malaysia.

EcoKnights President, Dr Yasmin Rashid, on playing a part in climate change awareness.

Juliana Adams, CEO of Biji Biji, said whether it is reducing energy consumption, recycling, or supporting sustainable products, every action makes a difference.

She said it is our responsibility as Malaysians to take action now to create a sustainable future for ourselves and future generations.

Spread The Environmental Message 

Since its inception in June 2022, Planet Us has engaged youth across Sarawak, Kedah, Kelantan, Sabah, and Penang before making its final stop in Kuala Lumpur.

Each stop includes workshops, panel discussions, community clean-ups, and other activities in which the public can participate.

Various exciting activities, including talks, booths and workshops, enlighten visitors on sustainable climate efforts. (Pix: US Embassy)

The program is expected to reach 5,000 Malaysian youth by the end of the campaign.

Approximately 6,000 Malaysians have made environmental pledges on the Planet Us website, and hundreds of Malaysians have joined the upcycling competition.

Winners will be announced during the finale event of Planet Us and will receive microgrants worth up to RM5,000.

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