MNS World Oceans Day Celebration, Tioman Island, 8th June 2015
8 Jun 2015
For immediate release
The Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) World Oceans Day 2015 event on Tioman Island is part of the worldwide celebration of oceans and what they mean to human life on the United Nations-recognised World Oceans Day on the 8th of June.
With the knowledge that the ocean generates most of the oxygen we breathe, helps feed us, regulates our climate, cleans the water we drink, offers a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines and provides limitless inspiration, this day is dedicated to education and changing perspectives with hopes of conserving the ocean for present and future generations.
The MNS event, which is in its third year, is a public-outreach programme with an informal education and awareness strategy highlighting the importance of conserving our ocean ecosystems in more interactive ways. Targetting the younger generation, the sessions comprised activities with primary schoolchildren from Tioman in 2013 and youngsters from SK Seksyen 1 Bandar Kinrara, Selangor, a school under the MNS School Nature Club (Kelab Pencinta Alam, or KPA) programme, in 2014.
This year, under the theme “Healthy oceans, healthy planet”, the event involves secondary students as well as youths of Tioman in marine-inspired activities that include a beach audit, a talk on oceans and a session on the science of conserving oceans. The focus on youths comes about based on reports from The Ocean Project that youth not only have the highest level of concern about problems facing the world’s oceans but are the most confident in their ability to make a difference. They are also increasingly depended upon by the older generation for their tech-savvy nature in “going green”, or perhaps more appropriately, “going aquamarine”, and are the most suitable ambassadors for ocean conservation.
Supported by the Berjaya Cares Foundation, MNS World Oceans Day 2015 is also celebrated with Google Malaysia, which helped bring about the recently concluded Paddle for Nature kayak expedition around Peninsular Malaysia for marine conservation.
MNS’s hosting of World Oceans Day on Tioman is a continuation of its environmental work on the island that started in the 1980s. Tioman, the biggest island within the Malaysian Marine Parks system and on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia, is renown for its marine life and as a destination for tourists from around the world.
However, human involvement through coastal development, unregulated mass tourism activities and other development has shown to have an accumulative adverse impact on the island’s natural wonders.
With support from local government agencies and resort operators who understand the importance of conserving and respecting the ocean, plus assistance from local stakeholders and communities, MNS’s event on Tioman is hoped to deliver a big impact in extending the World Oceans Day message to the public.