Langkawi has come to a very important crossroad and at stake is our quality of life and economic future. The future of this beautiful and beloved island home of ours is in our very hands. We must make the necessary changes, we cannot afford to see the lost of any more precious rainforest especially by land speculators. These few speculators are selling our future and the future of our children. MNS Langkawi calling for Residents of Langkawi and Friends of Langkawi to sign this petitions and stop the burning of rainforest now!. Sign Here "In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we create, but by what we refuse to destroy." - John C. Sawhill.
In conjunction of Malaysian Nature Society Green Month Campaign to be held for one month, beginning on the 31st October 2009 to November 30th 2009, Malaysian Nature Society Langkawi invited hotels to participate in an island and hotel wide coordinated tree planting program. We proposed that as a gesture hotels could consider planting 30 tree saplings within hotel’s property. The species of trees has been specially chosen to attract birds especially the Hornbills, Bulbuls, Flowerpeckers and the stunningly beautiful Asian Fairy-bluebirds. Hotel guest to participate in this activity as well. Malaysian Nature Society hope that hotels would invite in house guest to participate in mitigating climate change by voluntary pledging to turn off their room lights for an hour between 7 pm until 8pm daily for the duration of the month of the campaign. Green Month Campaign Activities open for Public include : 31 -31 October 2009 - 10.00am – 3.00pm Flea market at Laman Padi – Pantai Cenang 31st October 2009 Nature Walk at Frangipani Langkawi - 8.00am and 6.00pm Human Signage at Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah – 3.00pm to 6.00pm Beach Cleaning at Pantai Cenang and Pantai Tengah – 6.00pm to 7.00pm Jamming Session with Zainal Abidin and Ning Baizura Frangipani Langkawi – Mentari Restaurant – 9.00pm to 10.00pm 1st November 2009 at Frangipani Langkawi Treehouse Project – 10.00am to 10.45am Creating Posters and Cards Competition 11.00am to 12.30noon Understanding your green rights by Eco Knights 2.00pm to 3.00pm Arts and Crafts Workshop – 3.30pm – 5.00pm Children Chicken Dance – 5.00pm - 6.00pm Rain Water Harvesting – 11.00am – 11.30am Life in the Ebbs – 11.30am – 12.30noon Ways to reduce carbon footprint – 2.00pm to 3.00pm Organic Menu Demo – 3.30pm to 5.00pm Green Fitness & Sepak Raga – 5.00pm to 6.00pm Primary Students Workshop at Frangipani Langkawi Recycle Musical Instrument – 9.00am to 10.00am Secondary Students Public Workshop at Frangipani Langkawi Worm Farming – 9.00am to 10.00am Eco Enzyme – 10.00am – 10.45am Information acquired from Malaysian Nature Society Committee - Langkawi Branch ** The Above activities, time and date subject to changes depending on weather.
World Environmental Day began nicely with a group of about 100 nature lovers converging at Bukit Hantu River. It was celebrated with the planting of 400 native trees around a water feature. These “gifts to nature” were sponsored by two organizations on Langkawi. A very big THANK YOU goes to Jalpak I'll brand Guest whom through JungleWalla Initiative had sponsored another 200 trees and Frangipani Hotel on Pantai Tengah who sponsored 200 trees too. Four species of trees were planted this day, all specially chosen for its benefit for wildlife especially birds, bees, butterflies and small mammals. These groups of nature lovers were made up of members of the Malaysia Nature Society, LADA, LTAC, JPS, JAS, other local government authorities, tourist, hoteliers, nature guides, expatriate, and families. A special thanks to JPS for allowing us to plant on their site and Majlis Pembandaran Langkawi for the trucks and manpower to transfer the plants from Arshad Nursery. It was a good outing and the participants had lots of fun. We had mums and their kids and even mums to be planting trees. Talk about starting them early… Well done mums and mums to be! Half way through we realized there were a couple of mango (Mangifera indica) and rambutan trees (Nephelium lappaceum) planted as well which in several years or so will make good food for Homo sapiens too. Even at the closing hours people were still trickling in and at the least had a chance to plant a tree as well. The atmosphere was fun with many familiar faces and many new ones too. Peter & Maria long time residents of Langkawi took the opportunity to inform us of a event on youtube in conjunction with World Environment Day. So check out the film HOME- hymn for the planet by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Just go and watch the video at (http://www.youtube.com/user/homeproject). The planting was completed within two and half hours. It left participants with lasting memories of the day and I am sure many left with a little pride that they in a little made mother nature smile in her heart. May god bless all the trees and it will last forever and ever. Happy World Environmental Day!!! Pictures by : James Kok , Ku Ismadi and Ida Halim
We are please to report Langkawi charted a big milestone on 9th March 2009 as 42 members sign up as pioneers of Malaysian Nature Society’s new pro tem committee that will lead to the formation of a branch. Our chief Irshad Mobarak who has been one of the leading voices for the conservation and sustainable Langkawi’s natural heritage was voted as Chairman. The office at Fangipani Resort was launched on the 21st April 2009.To date we have 49 members sign in and we expect more to join us. Langkawi can now address its own issue more effectively as a branch. For more info how you can support Langkawi please visit MNS website.