TENTATIVE DURATION: APRIL 2023 – JULY 2023, AUGUST 2023, AUGUST 2023 – NOVEMBER 2023
Water pollution is one of the most critical issues of the 21st century. Typically, water pollutants can be classified into various categories including emerging contaminants, pathogens, suspended solids and nutrients. These pollutants possess different characteristics and properties, making them difficult to be removed from contaminated water. Commonly, many water pollutants are generated unintentionally through daily activities. For instance, irresponsible pouring of grease into the drain may result in the deposition of fats and clogging of drains/sewers. This proposal is designed to produce future leaders who can educate the public, particularly university students, to identify and understand water pollutants in the environment.
The objectives of this proposal are to (i) provide education/leadership training through seminars and workshops on the identification and understanding of water pollutants in the environment, and (ii) provide a guide to reduce the unintentional generation of water pollutants.
The activities of the workshop/seminar: Identifying and understanding water pollutants in the environment
- Workshop on identifying and understanding water pollutants in the environment
The workshop on identifying and understanding water pollutants in the environment will be conducted at USM to educate participants to become a leader who can assist in educating the public on the importance of reducing the unintentional generation of water pollutants in their daily activities. The workshop will be conducted either online or on-site.
A module consisting of theory and practical knowledge on the types of water pollutants, sources, and approaches to reduce water pollutant generation will be designed. Various interactive activities will be developed for the participants to participate in and improve their understanding of the topic. The participants will be inculcated with leadership skills.
- Continuous seminars on identifying and understanding water pollutants in the environment
The seminar on various topics (proposed 2 seminars) related to identifying and understanding water pollutants in the environment will be conducted to provide information to the public on the strategies to reduce the unintentional generation of water pollutants in their daily activities. Various experts will be invited to share their knowledge and provide useful solutions to reduce the water pollution problem. The seminar will be conducted in the form of a webinar.
The immediate output of the workshop includes producing future leaders who can educate the public on the importance of taking precautions and reducing unintentional water pollution in their daily activities. This project will also see the empowerment of students to take the lead in speaking against water polluters in Penang. The immediate output of the seminar is to improve public understanding of the negative impact of uncontrolled water pollution and provide possible solutions to mitigate future water pollution issues.
The workshop targets to train at least 40 student leaders. Meanwhile, the seminars target at least 100 participants.
The project is designed to train future leaders who can take charge of environmental issues. Over the long run, these leaders are expected to play a role in educating the public on the importance of safeguarding our water supply against harmful pollutants. Meanwhile, the seminar provides a means to engage the public and educate them to practice precaution when using water in their daily activities to avoid pollution. Over the long run, proper education can significantly reduce pollution in Penang.
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