Stop normalising littering, help rejuvenate and keep rivers clean

I littered. Shameful, but many have done so. And that is the problem.

We ‘normalise’ it as something everyone does, so what is the harm? Many continue to do so today; so, what is wrong with that?

But it is when you see the damage a wrapper, plastic bag, or face mask can do to the environment and wildlife that you realise why you should properly dispose of rubbish.

Exactly a year ago, Twentytwo13’s Amar Qastellani Tajuddin and I had the opportunity to take a trip down the Klang River.

It was an eye-opening experience as we saw Landasan Lumayan Sdn Bhd (LLSB) breathe new life into the river, once ranked among the 50 dirtiest rivers in the world.

LLSB was appointed by the Selangor State Government as the master developer for the Selangor Maritime Gateway project to rejuvenate the Klang River.

Others are doing their part in keeping the river clean, such as Friends of Sungai Klang Taman Melawati River Three (FoSK TMR3) and Alliance of River Three.

Many more organisations and people are putting in the hard work, and so can you, starting with World River Day tomorrow.

To celebrate the occasion, LLSB is inviting Selangorians to do their part to help the Klang River by ‘plogging’.

If you have never heard of the term, it means picking up trash while jogging, walking or running.

The idea originated in Sweden in 2016 and is from the Swedish verbs plocka upp (pick up) and jogga (jog) that made up the new word plogga or ‘plogging’ in English.

It is an excellent form of exercise as besides walking, jogging or running, you have to bend, squat and stretch while picking up rubbish. How great is that!

There are about two million daily ‘ploggers’ in over 100 countries.

LLSB hopes those in Selangor who go on their exercise routine tomorrow will bring along a trash bag and gloves or tongs to collect rubbish along their route.

By the end of your activity, you would have a cleaner neighbourhood, besides preventing rubbish from ending up in rivers.

To participate, scan the QR code on Selangor Maritime Gateway’s Instagram, or the picture below.

But why stop at just one day? Make it a daily, or weekly habit.

IMPROVEMENT IN ACTIVE CASES

The number of active Covid-19 cases fell below 200,000 for the first time since Aug 2, with 195,837 patients still receiving treatment.

On Thursday we had 116 fatalities. The last time we had less than 200 fatalities was Aug 23 (174).

The past seven days saw 2,188 deaths, taking the total to 24,931.

Recoveries continued to climb with 127,219 getting the all-clear, making it 1,950,464 patients who had beaten the coronavirus.

We had 103,905 new cases in the past week, bringing the total to 2,171,232.

Worldwide, there are 231.8 million cases and 4.7 million fatalities.

BE A DRIVER, HELP SAVE LIVES

The National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) still needs help with its house-to-house Covid-19 vaccination programme.

If you want to volunteer, please fill out the form. If you prefer driving the doctors and non-medical helpers around, contact the Rotary Club of Central Damansara president, Veeneth Menon, at +60167224224.

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A CENTURY OF TINKLING THE IVORIES

To be honest, I have not heard of Colette Maze until this week. The 107-year-old French woman has played the piano since she was five, survived the Spanish Flu and Covid-19. Earlier this year, she released her sixth album!

Here she is, performing Claude Debussy’s Ondine.

Until next week, stay safe.

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