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SWCS, Repsol hold Video Contest, Webinar to mark World Soil Day 2020

11th December, 2020

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society (SWCS) and Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited (Repsol Malaysia) will join forces to hold a Video Contest among family members and a Webinar on Dec 23 to mark World Soil Day (WSD) 2020.

WSD is held annually on Dec 5 as a means to focus attention on the importance of healthy soil and advocating for the sustainable management of soil resources.

The WSD theme this year, “Keep soil alive, Protect soil biodiversity”, aims to raise awareness on the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, fighting soil biodiversity loss, increasing soil awareness and encouraging governments, organisation, communities and individuals around the world to commit proactively by improving soil health.

Speaking at the official launch of the joint programme on Thursday, WCS President, Datuk Haji Zainie Abd Aucasa said that the WSD celebrations this year will be organised virtually, in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, to raise the environmental awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and encourage the public to commit proactively in improving soil health.

One of the two activities surrounding the WSD celebrations is inviting families to participate in a 2-minute video contest to showcase how they celebrate WSD. This family-oriented video contest is open to families residing in Sabah. They will need to register a maximum of four persons per family to participate. A family can submit only one entry to the contest.

In giving a little cue into what the organisers look out for in the video, Zainie reminded that we depend on soil to grow food and clothing, filter water, and support natural ecosystems. “Hence, soil is essential to life, this is why it is important that soil is celebrated every day of the year, to make sure that future generations understand the gravity of this issue and how they can make a positive impact through their own actions and behaviours.”

Entries are now open and will close on Dec 20. Details, terms and conditions as well as entry forms are available on the Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society Facebook page. The 2-minute video should illustrate how the public can make a positive impact through their own actions and behaviours in keeping soil alive and protecting soil biodiversity.

Attractive cash vouchers and other prizes totalling RM4,450 are on offer to the winners. Besides standing the chance to win prizes, the first 50 families whose 2-minute video have been accepted will be invited to join the WSD key event, a Webinar to be held on Dec 23 from 10am – 10.30 am which will hosted from SICC here.

This virtual environmental awareness programme will witness three experienced panelists from a diverse background presenting and sharing their experience at this Webinar on the theme, Keep Soil live, Protect Soil Biodiversity.

The participants who are invitees from the video contestants will have another opportunity to win more cash prizes through the Kahoot! Quiz at the end of the Webinar. Questions will come from the information which are shared through the speakers’ presentation.

Zainie said that this year has been extremely hard on all of us as the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected people from all walks of life. “Hence we are hoping that this video contest and webinar will encourage people to do something positive together with their family towards the betterment of the environment.”

He also expressed his gratitude to Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited for the opportunity to collaborate in organising this WSD 2020 and sponsoring the expenses and prizes. The objective of the collaboration was to achieve the common goal which was to create stewardship of the environment during the celebration of World Soil Day 2020. It is also to strengthen, promote and develop cooperation amongst SWCS and Repsol Oil & Gas Malaysia Limited on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.

Repsol Malaysia’s government and community relations adviser for Sabah & Labuan, Datuk Eddie Abdullah, who was also present at the launch, extended his thanks to SWCS for the latter’s willingness to undertake and realise this joint programme, despite of the challenges under the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We now look forward to the keen support and spontaneous response from families to participate in the 2-mins video contest and the webinar session. Apart from the chances to win prizes and obtaining informative and beneficial content from the Webinar, we hope that the families will use the opportunity to engage and enjoy the bonding that comes from the teamwork in joining this environmental awareness activity,” Eddie added.

   
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