Youth share thoughts on climate at dialogue

|     Aziz Idris     |

OVER 100 youth participated in the inaugural youth dialogue with key government ministers on climate change at Rimba Garden Central yesterday, as part of the closing ceremony of the 7th Green Leaders Camp.

A total of 54 participants (between 14 and 29 years) took part in the three-day camp to learn about environmental issues in Brunei and to develop potential solutions to tackle these.

The theme for the dialogue this year was #ThinkClimate, in response to the global call for climate change action.

During the camp, participants embarked on field trips, workshops, project discussions, campaigning and tree planting.

In her closing remarks, Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Co-founder/Community Engagement Director of Green Brunei Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari expressed hopes that the participants will continue to work together to implement their ideas with the support of Green Brunei.

Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein visits the mini exhibition focussing on plastic waste reduction. – PHOTOS: AZIZ IDRIS
Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny in a group photo with Legislative Council (LegCo) member and Co-founder/Community Engagement Director of Green Brunei Yang Berhormat Khairunnisa binti Haji Ash’ari; LegCo member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman; Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Sdn Bhd (BSP) Dr Ceri M Powell, senior government officials and sponsors and participants of the 7th Green Leaders Camp

“Don’t limit yourself to just organising a follow-up activity. Reflect on the lessons and see where you as an individual can make a difference. While it feels like you’re fighting a solo battle, remember if seven billion people do the same thing, collectively it will create a huge impact that benefits society as a whole,” she added.

The day also saw a youth dialogue enabling participants to have direct engagement with policymakers to exchange ideas and share views, including ministers, deputy minister, permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries, LegCo members and Managing Director of Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Dr Ceri M Powell on environment and youth matters.

Present as the guest of honour was Minister of Energy, Manpower and Industry Dato Seri Setia Dr Awang Haji Mat Suny bin Haji Mohd Hussein.

Also present was Deputy Minister of Development Dato Seri Paduka Haji Marzuke bin Haji Mohsin, LegCo member Yang Berhormat Siti Rozaimeriyanty binti Dato Seri Laila Jasa Haji Abdul Rahman, senior government officials and top management representatives from the private sector.

A mini exhibition was also held during the closing event, which featured exhibitors involved in environmental areas such as AgromeIQ, Bambulooh, BruWILD, Kaleidoscope Studio, Nutty Scientists, Plethora, Reef Check Brunei, Suitable Reusables and Zero Waste Brunei/Big BWN Project.

The closing ceremony and youth dialogue was sponsored by BSP and Hengyi Industries Sdn Bhd.

The 7th Green Leaders Camp was organised by Green Brunei in collaboration with Brunei Climate Change Secretariat (BCCS), Ministry of Energy, Manpower and Industry, with support from the Youth and Sports Department, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, as well as Forestry Department, Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism. The camp is sponsored by Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd, Brunei LNG Sdn Bhd, Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd, Makan Ceria Sdn Bhd and Fuel’d.