Scholar Library launched a mini-fair and youth discussion on Saturday, aimed at allowing youth to share their personal perspectives on how to tackle environmental issues in Cambodia.
Sok Sorphea, 21, one of the organisers of the mini-fair, said most people already understand the consequences of environmental degradation, but aren’t willing to join hands to solve it. On the other hand, some think they can solve the problem alone.
“The primary goal of our event today is to gauge the level of interest among youth in environmental issues. We are focusing our discussion on letting youth share ideas on how to settle the problem,” Ms Sorphea said.
By launching this event, Scholar Library wants to encourage youth to start solving problems by themselves, not depending on others or the government.
She added that, “Throughout the discussion today, all groups found that trash-disposal is the main problem in Phnom Penh at the moment. People think it’s not their responsibility to dispose of trash properly, but everybody develops habits. Therefore, if youth don’t start tackling this themselves, this issue will get worse.”
She mentioned that when she was young, she didn’t know what the consequences of pollution were, as there were no environmental courses. Until she took one, she didn’t know about the effects of pollution and environmental degradation on soil erosion, water, biology, the beauty of the city, health, agriculture and the economy.
“I want all people to take responsibility in terms of categorising and recycling trash. And I want them to show they love the environment by preserving and protecting it. Also, I want them to engage more with activities related to the environment. The government should create more environmental courses within the education system starting at an early age,” Ms Sorphea said.