WORDS OF APPRECIATION from Ms Lee Bee Choo, Teacher Advisor of Green Education Society, Han Chiang High School, Penang:
“I would like to thank the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) for providing so many useful lessons. I took some lessons in CAP to get a head start in natural farming. I have learned a lot from the Consumers Association of Penang, i.e. how to protect the environment and move towards a healthy lifestyle.
The Consumers Association of Penang teaches natural farming methods to the public with a lot of passion. The lessons are free of charge, and the staff is enthusiastic about teaching the public how to have green fingers and love Mother Earth.
The advice given is beneficial to all levels of society, especially school children who should be taught how to create an environment where living conditions and resources are used to meet human needs and at the same time also lead to sustainable development. As they will be the future leaders, going green should start at a young age. Education should arouse people’s conscience, cultivate compassion and perhaps most importantly, cultivate their good characters.
In my teaching career, what impressed me most was a student’s reaction to earthworms when he was attending a farming lesson. He was not afraid at all, but he also advised other students to protect the earthworm, as earthworms are one of the most important soil animals; they have the capability to maintain the fertility of the soil and therefore play a key role in sustainability.
When the mountains and forests are undisturbed and thriving, then people can live in peace. Through natural farming methods, human beings not only have healthy bodies but also make the earth sustainable. A quote from our beloved Mahatma Gandhi says, ‘Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.’ It is necessary to strike a balance between development and the environment.
For things to change, we must change first. The state of the earth’s ecology is truly very worrisome. If we wish to mitigate this ecological crisis, we must first purify our minds. We must act fast and walk the talk. The term ‘global warming’ has been changed to ‘global heating’. which indicates the level of the destruction.
As a conclusion, I hope that more organisations emulate CAP to spread love not only to humans but also to the environment – as we only have one mother earth, there is no planet B.”