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The Awareness to Action workshop organized by Releigh International in collaboration with LEAP, BSBCC and Wild and Stoked Productions was held on the 11th - 13th March 2016. The workshop was conducted at the Paganakan Dii
Tropical Retreat and Rainforest Discovery Centre (RDC), Sandakan.
One of the main aims of the workshop was to provide young people with perspective skills in going from awareness to action in becoming active global citizens. The 3-day workshop was participated by students from 3 local schools in Sandakan which were SM St. Mary’s, SM St. Micheal and SMK Muhibbah.
On the first day of the workshop, the students were gathered at the Paganakan Dii Tropical Retreat. Before arriving, the students had the opportunity to tour around the WWF-Eco school, SMK Muhibbah, where the school representatives explained about eco-friendly practices implemented at their school. Upon arrival at the Paganakan Dii, the students checked into their dorms and get themselves prepared for their first activity. After an ice-breaking activity called “the name game” was conducted, Raleigh International’s Natural Resources Programme Advisor, Don Gordon conducted a session about sustainable development goals, local and global responses to climate change and the threats to Sabah’s biodiversity. The session also mentions about initiatives that support biodiversity conservation and sustainable lifestyles throughout the world.
During the 3-day workshop, the students
learned about environmental issues at the local, national and international levels, and discussed on how to solve these problems through eco-friendly practices at home and at their schools. During the session conducted by LEAP and the students were exposed about environmental issues that are threatening wildlife in Sabah. The session also discussed about efforts done by local and international organizations in helping to solve these issues. The finale session was about seeing conservation in action, where students visited BSBCC and Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre. We hope this workshop has given an impact among these students to move from awareness of environmental issues to taking action sustainable practices towards a better environment.