Housewives' role in environmental conservation


THE president of the Council of Women of Brunei Darussalam (CWBD) yesterday said women, particularly housewives, could play a bigger role in protecting and sustaining the environment by simply being responsible in disposing of household waste.

Pg Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam Pg Hj Matarsat (pictured), said Bruneian women could contribute to environment sustainability by doing simple things such as properly getting rid of used cooking oil and oily food by-products, instead of casting them down the drains.

"For example, when cooking, oily food substances and cooking oil should not be disposed in drains as this is bad for the environment because it not only damages the drains, but also disallows water from flowing freely," she said.

"So this is one area we can try to encourage housewives in promoting environment sustainability, not to dispose oily waste into drains," she added.

Pg Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam also lauded the government's "No Plastic Bag Weekend" drive.

"We (CWBD) support the 'No Plastic Bag Weekend' campaign, which is a good idea because plastic bags are not biodegradable and should not be discarded inappropriately as they will damage the environment," she said in an interview yesterday.

However, the president also expressed her belief that women could contribute more through education.

She stressed that education was still very important in spreading the message across, and was hoping to organise a forum on environment sustainability in the near future.

"We hope to come up with a forum by inviting speakers to speak to our women to talk about environment awareness and how to sustain it. We are also part of Asean, and at the moment, environment sustainability is one of the themes. So we also want to contribute in sustaining a good environment, not only at a national level, but a regional one as well," she said.

Meanwhile, she noted CWBD is currently hosting an essay writing competition for students which will close on September 29, with its theme focused on the environment.

The competition has two categories, namely Category A for secondary schools at the private and public sector as well as vocational schools. Category B are for students at Six Form Centres and Technical Colleges.

"We decided to organise this competition so we can create awareness among students on how they can help to protect our environment," she said.

Pg Datin Paduka Hjh Mariam explained the women's council will publish the winning articles of the environment essay writing competition in a book, to encourage and motivate the students. — (Rachel Thien)

The Brunei Times

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