Putting culture in the heart of development

YOUTH GREEN X-CHANGE: YOUTH IN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable development is described as a way for people to use resources without the resources running out in the future. This resources are not merely raw materials but includes cultural and heritage components which are an integral part of local community.

However, sometimes the latter aspects are diluted and eventually lost during a development process because, unlike raw material resources, some cultural and heritage components are simply intangible and cannot be priced or assessed.

Thus, placing culture at the heart of development plan is essential, especially in Sarawak, where more than 20 ethnic groups exist. This form of development transforms ordinary modernization into hearty and value-added progress as cultural aspects and knowledge are preserved.

This week’s Youth Green X-Change column features another two photography entries, each with its own story.

 

BETTER DAYS AHEAD: As he paddles his way through Sungai Tellian, Mukah, contentment is clearly reflected in the smile of this old man for the river has provided essentials to live. This river contributes greatly to the local sago industry that this village has become a place of interest to visitors. With the development of SCORE in the Central region, Mukah is undergoing transformation to become a smart city. Visionary and balanced development planning will ensure better days await current and future generation in this beautiful town.  - Photo by Naiza John Niri, Mukah

BETTER DAYS AHEAD: As he paddles his way through Sungai Tellian, Mukah, contentment is clearly reflected in the smile of this old man for the river has provided the essentials to live on. This river contributes greatly to the local sago industry that this village has become a place of interest to visitors. With the development of SCORE in the Central region, Mukah is undergoing transformation to become a smart city. Balanced development planning will ensure better days await current and future generations in this beautiful town.
– Photo by Naiza John Niri, Mukah

AS THE OLD FALLS, THE YOUNG FLOURISH: Human life is similar to a tree. When a mother tree falls, it makes space and provides nutrient for the seedlings to grow. Just like how a mother provides comfortable environment, and nurture her child to become successful. Nurturing a green generation begins at home and grows into the society. A mother’s role to expose and educate children and other family members about environment through daily household activity is the most effective environmental education. - Photo by Aniza Yusup, Sri Aman

AS THE OLD FALL, THE YOUNG FLOURISH: The human life cycle is similar to that of a tree’s. When a mother tree falls, it makes space and provides nutrients for its seedlings to grow, the same way a mother provides a nurturing environment for her child to grow up and become successful. Nurturing a green generation begins at home, later growing into an environmentally-conscious community. A mother’s role to expose and educate her children and other family members about conservation and sustainable practices through green household activities is the most effective environmental education. – Photo by Aniza Yusup, Sri Aman

 


 

The Youth Green X-Change is a programme by Natural Resources and Environment Board Sarawak, Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak, World Wide Fund for Nature (Malaysia), Department of Environment Sarawak, Teacher’s Education Institute- Batu Lintang Campus, Trienekens (Sarawak) Sdn Bhd.

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