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Raising awareness of plastic pollution through online creative engagement

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Publication date4/07/2022
<mark>Original language</mark>English
Event2022 Education Conference: Spaces for solidarity: Fostering collaboration and inspiring inclusive education - Lancaster University (online), Lancaster, United Kingdom
Duration: 6/07/20227/07/2022


Conference2022 Education Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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This presentation outlines a pilot project in which we worked with students and the community to address the issue of plastic waste and waste management. The project presented two interactive webinars, where we (i) raised awareness and (ii) designed plastic alternatives to tackle plastic pollution with undergraduate students from Sunway University using an online creative engagement approach. This approach may be adopted by community-based organizations or school educators to promote change in single-use plastic usage in daily life. A study by Malaysia Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp) in 2019 showed the food waste made up 30% of waste at landfills, this was followed by plastics (24.8%), paper (10.5%), disposable diapers (11.1%), textile (4.8%) and waste from gardens and parks (4.1%). Environmental awareness on plastic pollution among individuals and communities within Malaysia are essential to create responsible consumption among the consumers and tackle plastic pollution. To create conditions for future interventions in the city, we designed and tested a series of online webinars to creatively engage with local communities.