“Schools for Green Action”
Yang Berbahagia Tuan Abdul Rashid Bin Abdul Samad
Pengarah Jabatan Pendidikan Negeri Pulau Pinang
Yang Berusaha Puan Lim Lean Yolk
Pengetua Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Convent Butterworth
Yang Dihormati Encik Chew Eng Seng,
Head of Eco Community Unit, Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai
Puan Suraiya Binti Mustafa, Penolong Kanan Pentadbiran
Puan Norrizah Binti Hassan, Penolong Kanan Hal Ehwal Murid
Puan Phan Cheng Mun, Penolong Kanan Kokurikulum
Puan Komala Devi A/P Thanimalai, Penolong Kanan Petang
SMK Convent Butterworth
Ladies & gentlemen, teachers and students. A very good day to all of you.
First of all, I would like to thank the Principal, teachers, and students of SMK Convent Butterworth for taking on this mammoth task to host the Consumers’ Association of Penang’s Green Action Week 2022 activity in this school. We also thank the Education Department of Penang for endorsing this activity, and Majlis Bandaraya Seberang Perai who has been at the forefront in encouraging schools in the city to go green.
Green Action Week is a global campaign to promote sustainable consumption. Each year from September to October, organisations around the world take joint action to promote a common cause. This initiative which was started in Sweden in 1990 by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has grown to become an international partnership since 2010. It is carried out in coordination with Consumers International, of which CAP is a member.
The Green Action Week theme since 2018 has been ‘Sharing Community’. This year CAP decided to collaborate with schools in fostering sharing community among school communities, with the theme “Schools for Green Action”.
Going green and becoming sustainable are not new initiatives for schools in Penang. In a move to introduce green projects to schools, CAP had started edible gardens, herbal corners, and composting units at schools in Penang so that teachers, students, and school gardeners can grow chemical-free plants and vegetables.
Schools in Penang have also been actively moving towards zero waste through waste prevention, minimisation, repurposing materials, composting of organic waste, and waste segregation at source for recycling. These are supported by both the City Councils of Penang Island and Seberang Perai.
SMK Convent Butterworth has all this and more, including rainwater harvesting, practising energy savings, making natural growth promoters for plants, making cloth bags out of old t-shirts, etc. We are holding this year’s Green Action Week here so that other schools that have come to the programme today can see, learn, emulate the green actions, and also share their own initiatives.
We aim to incorporate the concept of sharing and collaborative community through schools. Schools for Green Action can combine learning with hands-on experience, providing our future generations with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values needed to lead a sustainable lifestyle.
Children are our future generation. When sustainability and environmental consciousness are inculcated in children from young, we hope that they will continue being mindful as adults, make greener choices and reduce their carbon footprint.
When school communities collaborate, and share knowledge, goods and service, we don’t only bring communities closer together but we also reduce our ecological footprint. Let us all work together for a better future.