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Let's Cool The Earth!
Detail: The sixth International Children's Conference on the Environment (ICCE) by the Children's Environmental Heritage Foundation (or its Malay acronym YAWA) aims to empower youth to adequately face the challenges posed by global warming. The sixth ICCE, to be held at the Rainforest Discovery Centre in Sepilok, Sandakan, Sabah from June 1-5, will bring together children between ages 10 and 16 years from different parts of the world to learn and discuss current environmental issues. As it is a "for children by children" programme, it will be led by YAWA's junior board and the Sepilok Junior Rangers which comprise teens between 13 and 18 years.

The theme of the conference is Rise Up, Stand Up, Let's Cool The Earth! The conference coincides with World Environment Day, which is also celebrated all over the world during the first week of June. The word "cool" has been used in place of the commonly used global "warming" in the theme as it has a more positive connotation.

Delegates will attend workshops, which include taking part in community work (such as growing plants and trekking pygmy elephants in the wild); playing environmental board games, and creating nature inspired batik designs. Workshops run by environmental specialists such as Borneo Bird Club's president Cede Prudente, Kota Kinabalu Wetland education officer Jocelyn Maluda, and Hutan Environmental Awareness Programme head Datu Ahbam Abulani will provide insights into how nature works and how best to manage the environment in a sustainable way.

A highlight of the conference will be the Eco Drum Circle Workshop where children learn to create rhythmic sounds using recyclable household items. Established in 1990, YAWA has more than 5,000 members locally and abroad. It has organized some 500 environmental activities and five conferences since 1993 in different parts of Malaysia. Those who enjoy the outdoors and environmental activities are invited to register for the conference.

Contact YAWA's secretariat at 03-7842-6782, fax 03-7842-6749 or visit for details.
Source: New Straits Times (Malaysia), May 9, 2009
Date: May 17 2009