Youth Towards a Healthy Ocean 2018

The Youth Towards a Healthy Ocean 2018 is a 2 days event between late October to November 2018 at Pantai Puteri Melaka Tengah and Pantai Siring, Merlimau, Jasin, Melaka, Malaysia to create a supportive environment for children, youths and the community to participate in saving the oceans from marine litter. It is an initiative to engage young people and the community to participate hands-on as well as share experiences and viewpoints in the dialogue of preventing marine litter and to enable them to realize the importance of the oceans and play an active role in sustainable ocean development.

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The Project

Project Owner

Patricia Sasidaran

Location

Melaka

Problem

The problem that our project is trying to solve is the issue of ocean pollution that is rising with each passing year due to human activities and a lack of awareness. Marine litter is impacting economies, ecosystems, animal welfare and human health worldwide. The estimated natural capital cost of the impact of plastic on marine ecosystem is at least 8 USD billion per year. Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. These plastics can entangle, suffocate and starve fishes, and the risk of microscopic particles of plastic waste and micro-beads transferring toxins into the food chain, thus causing various ailments and defects to all forms of life. The target area for our project is Pantai Siring and Pantai Puteri in Melaka especially around the area where the fishermen land their boats and also where they sell their catch. These areas are found to be littered with mainly plastic rubbish. The local community at these places need to be made aware of the need to keep clean and for them to carry out proper rubbish disposal so that further damage to our seas and oceans may be reduced. The funding application is to facilitate a 2 day beach clean-up event during the Youth Towards a Healthy Ocean 2018. We hope to obtain the required funding to empower young people to have the right mind-set and to take an active role towards a sustainable future for our oceans.

Solution

The problem that our project is trying to solve is the issue of ocean pollution that is rising with each passing year due to human activities and a lack of awareness. Marine litter is impacting economies, ecosystems, animal welfare and human health worldwide. The estimated natural capital cost of the impact of plastic on marine ecosystem is at least 8 USD billion per year. Plastic debris causes the deaths of more than a million seabirds every year, as well as more than 100,000 marine mammals. These plastics can entangle, suffocate and starve fishes, and the risk of microscopic particles of plastic waste and micro-beads transferring toxins into the food chain, thus causing various ailments and defects to all forms of life. The target area for our project is Pantai Siring and Pantai Puteri in Melaka especially around the area where the fishermen land their boats and also where they sell their catch. These areas are found to be littered with mainly plastic rubbish. The local community at these places need to be made aware of the need to keep clean and for them to carry out proper rubbish disposal so that further damage to our seas and oceans may be reduced. The funding application is to facilitate a 2 day beach clean-up event during the Youth Towards a Healthy Ocean 2018. We hope to obtain the required funding to empower young people to have the right mind-set and to take an active role towards a sustainable future for our oceans.

Target Beneficiary

The target beneficiaries of this beach clean-up are 105 local students, youths and the community between the ages of 12 to 22 from Malaysia who are from Nature Clubs and schools, youth advocates from youth organizations, representatives from NGOs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and related stakeholders. A local youth community will impact from this beach clean-up as ocean pollution and marine litter are issues that begin from a local level.

Impact Parameters

Progress of the beach-clean-up will be monitored by conducting evaluation surveys and reports. The output of the beach clean-up will be a written report that reflects the event’s outcomes and conclusions for follow up activities. Participants of the event are youths who are interested in getting involved at the local level in SDG 14 awareness. Upon completion of the event, participants are strongly encouraged to conduct follow-ups in their communities.

Project Endorsement

Supporter

1. Malaysian Nature Society Negeri Sembilan/Melaka Branch (MNS) is Malaysia’s largest and oldest non-government environmental organisation since 1940. MNS is the pioneer in conservation in Malaysia for the last seven decades, making a difference through habitat conservation and environmental education. MNS has become a strong voice for the protection of our country’s natural heritage. 2. Majlis Perbandaran Jasin (MPJ) is the municipal council for the district of Jasin which carries the function of manage and provide solid waste, cleanliness and beauty, maintenance facilities and public places, control and public health services. 3. Majlis Perbandaran Alor Gajah (MPAG) is a Local Authority (LA) of the district of Alor Gajah that is oriented in public services and is the prime mover in making Alor Gajah a progressive and beautiful district.

Project Needs

Type of help needed

Funding

Project Cost

RM 6,620.00

Describe Needs

Cost for project as below:
Description Price/Unit (RM) Quantity Amount (RM)
 Rental of 2 buses 700 2 trips RM 1400
Tea for 2 talks 7 260 (130 per talk) RM 1820
Tea for 2 cleanup programs 7 260 (130 per clean-up) RM 1820
Cloth gloves 1 260 (130 per clean-up)  RM 260
Sacks 2 80 (40 per clean-up) RM 160
Videographer 400 2 RM 800
Total cost RM6,260

Milestone

The estimated date for the delivery of the beach-clean-up is late October to November 2018. What we need to achieve the beach clean-up: • Need analysis • Concept and designing the agenda • Project approval from Chairman • Committee team and roles • Settling on a date • Preparing a budget plan • Liaise with Malaysian Nature Society on the appropriate beach to conduct our project • Liaise for the catering of meals • Liaise with bus companies for transportation • Call for 105 participants • Call for volunteers • Advertising on social media • Media contact and promotional material • Soliciting and receiving funding and sponsorship • Writing press releases • Set up the venue and final preparation • Host the beach clean-up • Follow up, evaluation and reporting of the beach clean-up

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