Creating climate awareness among youth with the Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC)
The Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) pioneers the incorporation of climate education into Malaysia's education curriculum.
Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) aims to create awareness of Low Carbon Society (LCS) among students, teachers, and their families in achieving the target of carbon reduction for Iskandar Malaysia by the year 2025, as outlined in the Low Carbon Society Blueprint for Iskandar Malaysia 2025 (LCSBPIM2025).
The objectives of IMELC are:
- To foster LCS awareness among primary students, teachers and their families (public community) in Iskandar Malaysia through education.
- To disseminate knowledge, awareness and good practices of LCS among Iskandar Malaysia community through primary students and teachers.
- To reduce carbon emission in Iskandar Malaysia through awareness and education.
- To create a Low Carbon Society for Iskandar Malaysia by the year 2025.
IMELC 2020 has successfully covered 546 schools and about 55,000 students throughout Johor state through this new normal method- Google Classroom, Facebook Live. The total carbon reduction by participating schools in IMELC 2020 is 697,334.04 kgco2eq. RM 19,172.05 electricity bills and RM 29,192.39 water bills were saved and RM 52,930.61 or equivalent to 233 thousand kilograms was collected from recycling. A total of RM 101,295.05 was saved and earned by the participating schools in IMELC 2020.
For IMELC 2021, Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) is once again working together with Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Johor State Education Department (JPNJ), and SWM Environment Sdn. Bhd. for the implementation of Iskandar Malaysia Ecolife Challenge (IMELC) 2021. This program has the full support of SEDA Malaysia through Green Technology Application of the Development of Low Carbon Cities (GTALCC) and UNDP Malaysia. IMELC 2021 will continue with more interesting features through digitization and gamification. The IMELC website https://www.imelc.my/ launched in August 2021 and will involve 906 primary schools with about 100,000 primary 6 students in Johor.
Since the pandemic has forced schools to halt face-to-face classes, the project has been adapted virtually via Google Classroom.