NagaWorld Kind Hearts and social impact organisation Plastic Free Cambodia came together to host four environmental sustainability workshops to accelerate knowledge for a cleaner and greener environment in the Kingdom.
The workshops served to share best practices in reducing plastic waste and to appoint Green Ambassadors among the attendees, including teachers from all secondary schools in the capital as well as NagaWorld employees, who will help spread awareness among youths and communities.
“While the use of plastic has become an integral part of our daily lives, the convenience comes at a considerable cost to our environment. Plastic takes hundreds of years to decompose, releasing harmful chemicals into the environment that pose health risks to humanity. A huge amount of plastic waste ends up in our oceans, causing devastation to the ecosystem, marine wildlife and plants,” said NagaWorld Managing Director Mr. Pern Chen.
Mr Chen urged participants to protect the environment within their vicinity and to come together to create a cleaner and greener Cambodia.
“Let’s be a part of the solution, not part of the pollution,” he said.
Mr Chen quoted statistics reported by the Ministry of Environment which highlighted that the usage of plastic bags in Phnom Penh had reached a staggering 10 million pieces.
“NagaWorld hopes our collective collaboration with Plastic Free Cambodia will play a key role in helping to educate teachers as well as their employees on the adverse impact of plastic pollution and on the importance of reducing plastic wastes,” Mr. Chen stressed.
Plastic Free Cambodia founder, Sarah Rhodes meanwhile said: “Our mission is to stop plastic pollution at the source. We deliver important initiatives to increase awareness and encourage everyone to take action in minimising the use of plastic in their daily lives. We are grateful for the chance to work with NagaWorld Kind Hearts on this great initiative.”
NagaWorld Kind Hearts have several ongoing initiatives as part of its Environmental Care programme. The testament of their commitment towards safeguarding the environment includes their collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, as well as teachers and students.
The Green Cambodia: Environmental Awareness and Tree Planting programme has seen 570 trees recently planted within the premises of selected schools in Koh Kong province, completing a pledge of 1,000 new trees across Cambodia in the last year.
The ‘No Plastic Straws Please’ campaign intends to eliminate the use of around four million plastic straws a year at the integrated resort. The company has made sure its own staff adhered to the policy as well, and in the process, hoping to encourage family and friends to follow suit.
In addition, there have been regular city clean-ups, supporting Earth Hour, promoting the 3-Rs (Reduce, Reuse & Recycle) strategy in its business operations among others.
NagaWorld’s initiatives towards the environment continue to be a testament to their commitment towards creating a better future for Cambodia.