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RCE Greater Gombak - 2020

Change The World
Basic Information
Title of project : 
Change The World
Submitting RCE: 
RCE Greater Gombak
Contributing organization(s) : 
International Islamic University
CONSUMER ASSOCIATION OF PENANG
PERSATUAN PENDUDUK TAMAN DESA GEMILANG
Focal point(s) and affiliation(s)
Name: 
Suhaimi Mhd Sarif
Organizational Affiliation: 
INTERNATIONAL ISLAMIC UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA
Format of project: 
Field Project
Language of project: 
Malay
Date of submission:
Saturday, October 31, 2020
Local waste management policy, National philosophy of education
At what level is the policy operating?: 
National
Geographical & Education Information
Region: 
Asia-Pacific
Country: 
Malaysia
Location(s): 
Malaysia
Address of focal point institution for project: 
Sejahtera Centre for Sustainability and Humanity

Secretariat, RCE Greater Gombak

International Islamic University Malaysia

Jalan Gombak, 53100

Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia
Target Audience:
Socioeconomic and environmental characteristics of the area : 
The area is populated with middle and lower income groups of society. Given the density and nature of the housing, business and industrial activities, there are naturally issues of food supply, food production and post-consumption effects. However, among these communities, there are members who are fully conscious of the unsustainable impact that they have started initiatives to mitigate the issue of irresponsible consumption and food waste by making home vegetable gardens and composting.
Description of sustainable development challenge(s) in the area the project addresses: 
Commitment to sustain home vegetable gardens and responsible consumption requires a certain level of SD awareness.
o use kitchen waste such as turned fish waste into fish amino (fertilizer) instead of throwing into drain, reuse detergent bottles as vase or pot to grow vegetables like Brazilian spinach, chilies, tomatoes. More sharing among neighbours socialising for vegetable farms. Healthy and fresh vegetables. Saved 10-20% money for vegetables. Involved university students to experience home vegetable gardens. They applied at their homes.
Contents
Status: 
Ongoing
Period: 
January, 2020
Rationale: 
After realizing a lot of domestic waste ended at landfill in Kuala Lumpur, the community leaders (Councilor, Chief of Village, Residential Association Office Bearers, Surau committee and Rukuntetangga office bearers) and IIUM community initiated SDG project to reduce the waste by being responsible in consumption. People started to learn about ecology management, started to appreciate wildlife and forest in our surrounding. While saving some money for vegetables, people can reduce kitchen waste, people can have reasons for interaction among neighbours. Students can learn the practical neighbourhood life.
Objectives: 
To practice responsible consumption by being careful in spending grocery and being responsible for kitchen waste. The family economics and management taught people on responsible spending and consumption. Ecological knowledge taught people to learn about coexistence between people and other living things. The sociology of neighbourhood through vegetable farming projects breaks the individualism of sub-urban life.
Activities and/or practices employed: 
Home vegetable farm in backyard, making use of idle land in neighbourhood, and socialisation among neighbours at backyard and idle lands for vegetable farming.
Size of academic audience: 
150
Results: 
10 community vegetable gardens, and 10 community projects conducted by students at their respective homes.
Lessons learned: 
Never late to start vegetable gardens and never given up to sustain the vegetable garden projects. Once people experience the project, they get the feel and become part of life.
Relationship to other RCE activities: 
IIUM provides advisory and role model for sustainable development projects
Funding: 
No specific funding. People are spending on their own initially, but the fruits of the success (fresh vegetables and neighbourhood socialisation are worth of the money spent)
UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
(https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs) and other themes of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns 
Direct