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Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Initiates Awareness Campaign Against Littering Of Masks And Gloves

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Selangor Princess Tengku Zatashah Initiates Awareness Campaign Against Littering Of Masks And Gloves
Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah

For a better world.


We have read so many stories of how the world is slowly healing as most people continue to be under lockdown due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Rivers are turning clear, turtles are returning to the beaches, more and more rare animals are being spotted all over the planet.


That's all great news, but environmentalists are now concerned with a new problem - the improper disposal of masks and gloves.

In Malaysia, Selangor Princess and environmentalist Tengku Zatashah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah is doing her part to remind Malaysians as well.

In line with World Environment Day, the princess has initiated an awareness campaign via Instagram callled #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare.

Walking the talk.
Speaking to Rojak Daily, Tengku Zatashah said that the reason for the campaign is to remind people how the improper disposal of gloves and masks was fast becoming a global concern.

"The issue has been widely reported in all the major media from CNN to BBC News, to New York Post etc and unfortunately in Malaysia, we are also seeing a huge amount of mask and gloves litter." 

"My aim is to highlight that we must throw our masks and gloves properly into the wastebins," she said.

Risking contamination

Explaining further, Tengku Zatashah said that improper disposal of masks and gloves were actually a health hazard and it could also risk possible contamination to others.

Irresponsible!
"Masks and gloves disposed on the streets or in supermarket trolleys will cause contamination and is a health hazard.They have to be picked up by someone, whether it is a street cleaner or supermarket assistant or it is left there to rot."

"So I would like to urge the public to please throw your disposable masks and gloves properly into the bins. We must take care of each other and the environment. We must be considerate. #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare," she said.

A collaborative effort

According to Tengku Zatashah, the outreach program is a collaboration with Reef Check Malaysia.

"Every year we collaborate together on World Environment Day and do a beach cleaup in Selangor. This year due to COVID-19, we had to cancel out plans but I realised a far more pressing issue was the growing amount of litter of masks that is becoming a safety hazard for the community," she said.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last weekend's International Coastal Clean Up in Sabah was a blast! Multiple teams organised clean ups at their areas. International Coastal Clean Up Day is a great opportunity for the people from all walks of life to contribute to marine conservation. From coastal communities to local universities, working together to remove rubbish from the coasts and at the same time auditing what was collected. This is valuable data that will help to advocate for a better waste management and raise awareness. Here are photos of clean ups that was held all over Sabah. If there are any more ICC organisers in Sabah who would like to be featured here, please let us know and send us a copy of your photo. Massive thank you to the organizers and volunteers of the clean ups! Thank you to Miracle Spectrum for sponsoring the biodegradable bags! #iccdmy #iccd2019 #litterfreeseas #worldwithoutwaste

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Tengku Zatashah added that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, safety should be the main priority and concern.

"My campaign #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare is to share how we all as a community must take care of each other’s safety and therefore dispose of masks and gloves properly into the bins."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

See how much trash was removed during the beach clean up lead by Tengku Zatashah last weekend. Thank you to everyone who participated! As said by Greta Thunberg, no one is too small to make a difference. 💪🏼 #Repost @zatashah with @get_repost ・・・ Here’s the total tally from Selangor Beach Cleanup 2019 with Tengku Zatashah and no surprises that plastics trash was the largest group component (many other type items are listed but too long to list it here) Cigarette butts: 1,132 Plastic food wrappers: 164 Plastic Bottle caps : 99 Plastic lids: 24 Plastic straws/stirrers: 95 Plastic forks/knives: 42 Plastic bottles : 149 Plastic bags: 115 Plastic cups: 86 Plastic pieces: 545 Total items: 3,268 Plastic items: 1,319 . . . Guys if not now when, if not you then who ? Time is now to make change ❤️💛🙏🏻💪🏼💯🇲🇾♻️🚯🌊 #sayno2plastic #stopsingleuseplastic #endplasticpollution #noexcuses #selangorbeachcleanup #beachcleanup #saveouroceans #selangor #ecowarriors #reducewaste #reducereuserefuse #noplasticwaterbottles #noplasticcups #noplasticstraws @reefcheckmalaysia

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 "I hope that today for World Environment Day 2020, we can change the mindset when it comes to littering and really make that effort to be civic-minded and considerate for one another. We must stand united," she said.

Join the movement

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Today is World Environment Day. As masks and gloves litter the streets, this is now a global concern. Let's all do our part to raise awareness that it is a health hazard. 1. Post a photo of you with the sign #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare 2. Tag 3 friends to do the same! 3. Caption @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 I tag @anis_nabilah @sallywho @nicoldsquash And @sabrinanorizam @unclealbie @evelynemokhtar Join me in spreading the message even if I haven't tagged you. Thank you. We must take care of each other and the environment. 💚💚💚🌍🚯☢🇲🇾🙏 #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020

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To join the awareness campaign, all you have to do is:

1. Post a photo of you with the sign saying #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare

2. Tag three friends to do the same!

3. Tag @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia and use the hashtag #WorldEnvironmentDay2020

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

@reefcheckmalaysia @zatashah Today is World Environment Day! As masks and gloves litter the streets, this is now a global concern. Let's all do our part to raise awareness that it is a health hazard. 1. Post a photo of you with the sign #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare 2. Tag 3 friends to do the same! 3. Caption @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 ________________________________________ Here's the team from RCM, with a friendly reminder to everyone to not forget our role in keeping our environment clean in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Masks and gloves may be neccesary during these times, but we need to remember not to litter these used PPEs. #kitajagakita :)

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Today is World Environment Day. As masks and gloves litter the streets, this is now a global concern. Let's all do our part to raise awareness that it is a health hazard. 1. Post a photo of you with the sign #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare 2. Tag 3 friends to do the same! 3. Caption @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 We now invite @therumahhijautioman @tioman_dive_centre @freedivetioman @bnj_diving_centre @fdivermalaysia and all dive shop to join us! Here's the team from Cintai Tioman, with a friendly reminder to not forget our role in keeping our environment clean in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Masks and gloves may be neccesary during these times, but we need to remember not to litter these used PPEs. @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020

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Today is World Environment Day. As masks and gloves litter the streets, this is now a global concern. Let's all do our part to raise awareness that it is a health hazard. 1. Post a photo of you with the sign #NoMoreLitter #BecauseWeCare 2. Tag 3 friends to do the same! 3. Caption @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020 We now invite @bakizainal @wayne_wayne23 @onthewongtrack @mthj @searena93 @yewaun to join us! Here's the team from RCM, with a friendly reminder to not forget our role in keeping our environment clean in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic. Masks and gloves may be neccesary during these times, but we need to remember not to litter these used PPEs. @zatashah x @reefcheckmalaysia for #WorldEnvironmentDay2020

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Simple kan! So join the movement but please ya, don't just post a picture and forget about it. 

Spread the word and practice what you preach!  Remember that this is our world and it is our reponsibility to keep it clean. 

Happy World Environment Day, everyone!

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