A Low Carbon Society (LCS) is a challenging task towards sustainable development. Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) was launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of 2012 and put into practice in Malaysia in 2013. By the end of 2017 it will have involved a total of 346 schools in the Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Iskandar and in the adjacent cities of the Johor state, giving a total engagement of around 34,000 students and 346 teachers.
The main objective of IMELC is to foster LCS awareness among primary students, teachers and their families (public community) through school education, in the Johor state. The project has developed as a fruitful collaboration between the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) and the Johor State Education Department (JPNJ). UTM has offered training sessions on different topics, from carbon reduction through electricity and water saving, renewable energy, recycling and monetary savings, to quality education, informed choices and school-community engagements. It has also been the promoter of various activities such as school projects, exhibitions, teacher trainings, festivals, talks, workshops.
An IMELC workbook has been adapted from the Kyoto 2011 version to match the contents of Malaysian primary school curriculum. It covers a wide range of subjects to create low carbon, climate change and energy conservation awareness among students and to address sustainability issues in Iskandar Malaysia.
IMELC was one of the finalists for the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) Okayama Award 2017 and has been awarded as ‘Outstanding Flagship Project for Climate Change’ by the United Nations University under the Global RCE Award.
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