Why must we care for our river?
Name one animal that does need water?
Do you know your river address?
These were some of the emerging questions I wrote down during the Training of Trainers (TOT) River Rangers I attended last month organised by Global Environment Center for the River of Life: Public Outreach Program phase 5. The TOT was done within two full intense days. Interestingly, it was so much fun meeting new people, and was taught both theory and practically. Site visits at river treatment plant at Sentul and sewage treatment plant at Bandar Tun Razak was eye opening to me.
It is a sad fact that most of us use so much of our resources up that we don't even care to think about the after effect. Have you ever thought that everything we use needs water for the making of it? For instance, food - needs water. Crops and vegetables - needs water. Clothes - needs water for that too. So imagine if there is no water, will we be able to make all of our needs and greed? The problem in Malaysia is that the water price is cheap that the value is lost.
Did you know that the drain you see in the city are actually part of our rivers? People keep on dumping trash, waste and even refrigerators into the rivers thinking that someone will clean up their trash. Unbelievable.
Water is inevitably important for us, ecology, living beings and the industry. And where does water comes from? Obviously from the rivers. Whoever consumes water need to care for the river. It is our shared responsibility to ensure the availability of clean water for future usage. We need support from all levels to make our rivers clean.
Once we acknowledge that changes starts within ourselves, take ownership. Remove ignorance and start educating yourself and others. I managed to jot down action plans on what we can do personally and within a community.
1. Start educating yourself on river conservation, water conservation and waste management.
2. Improve resource management.
3. Do waste management at source.
4. Go green/organic consuming.
5. Consider the hidden water usage (like how many clothes or items you are purchasing. Is it really necessary?)
1. Involve in fieldwork (e.g.: take part in river cleaning)
2. Create awareness (love your river, waste management etc)
3. Educate others.
4. Help the local community to change.
5. Reduce the pollution made.
River is a living entity. They too have a voice if you hear to it. Bitterly, we are spending 5 million ringgit on waste management due to our actions towards the river. Why are wasting so much on waste management to treat our rivers, if we can start the change? Make the change - NOW. :)
|With the whole River Ranger participants|
What matter most is start taking action and keep your boots muddy!
|Together with my University of Malaya's comrade.|
I will leave you a quote by an ancient American Indian proverb shared by Prof Thiru, my lecturer in Selected Issues of Sustainability class.
Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.