Environmental webinars focusing on conservation efforts

Youth from universities commit the pledge with artwork during beach clean up.

KUCHING: Sarawak Eco-Warriors (SEW) and Kuching Beach Cleaners (KBC) are urging youths to join the Youth Green Leaders (YGL) training programme and a series of environmental webinars focused on conservation efforts in Sarawak.

On Thursday (June 17), SEW stated that the programme provided individuals aged 18 to 25 the opportunity to undertake a four-month capacity building training with different environmental groups.

The first session from July 15 to Nov 15 is still accepting applicants (https://tinyurl.com/YGLKuching) until July 4.

SEW treasurer Dylan Phiong stated that youths would gain resourceful environment knowledge and conservation experience from participating in the  programme.

“A series of webinars are also currently on the way starting with a session on endangered species and illegal wildlife trade in Sarawak. Jenny Machau, who is a senior researcher from Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will be speaking.

“Jenny has over 10 years of experience in wildlife conservation and environmental protection. Her session is this Friday at 7.30pm through the link (https://bit.ly/Endangered01).”

Passionate volunteers carried out mountain cleanup and signage installation at Mountain Santubong on 810 m elevation.

He added that other upcoming webinars include dugong conservation on June 27 and shark conservation on July 16.

Meanwhile, KBC secretary Ian Chin pointed out that KBC and SEW had been collaborating closely to tackle environmental issues since 2018.

He said the Kuching Young Green Coalition (KYGC) was recently formed this year with the objective of encouraging more youth participation and discussion on environmental issues.

“KYGC is funded by the Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF SGP) and assisted through the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

“Through a series of activities, KYGC aims to provide a channel for organisations to contribute directly into youth empowerment for environmental sustainability and for youths to take part in youth led as well as youth based programmes.”

The public who wish to find out more can visit the Facebook and Instagram pages of KBC and SEW.

“If you have any inquiries, you can contact us through email (kuchingbeachcleaners@gmail.com or sarawakecowarrior@gmail.com).”