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Eco-Warriors, students create artwork from household waste


Mark (second right) and some of the students from SMK Sematan stand in front of the artwork.

KUCHING: Sarawak Eco-Warriors recently collaborated with students from SMK Sematan to create an artwork incorporating waste collected from a recent beach clean-up in Sematan.

The 8.5 square-metre artwork was unveiled to the public at the Ocean Conservation Exhibition in Vivacity Megamall yesterday.

It depicted marine life and the threat it faces due to negligent waste disposal into the sea, to highlight how water pollution is a major threat to ecosystems and its inevitable problems to humans.

The beach clean-up at Pantai Abang Amin, Sematan last month had collected more than 160 kilogrammes of waste. It was organised during the Green Stars Environmental Workshop in Sematan on September 23 and 24.

Sarawak Eco-Warriors, a newly-formed non-governmental organisation (NGO) consisting of youths and students from Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus and Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), organised the Ocean Conservation Exhibition and Green Stars Environmental Workshop.

According to Sarawak Eco-Warriors project manager Mark Liao Jun, the NGO aims to educate, empower and inspire local communities through the conservation of nature.

Sarawak Eco-Warriors originated from the Borneo Eco-Warriors programme under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) which is committed to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. It is also supported by Wildlife Conservation Society Malaysia.

The artwork project was the highlight of the Ocean Conservation Exhibition, which also included a collection of pledges to reduce plastic usage, recycled art exhibition, free henna and face painting as well as other fun activities for children.

There was also an art exhibition featuring Nia Latif from AVL Art, a mixed media artist who is currently involved in various eco–based projects.