16th July 2016- 20 students and teachers from SJKC Brinchang had an enjoyable time at Gunung Brinchang on the 12 th July 2016,learning about our highland forests. Satya, Melody and Geogina were the facilitators.
A CSI community stream investigation project will be held on the 16th of July 2016 at a stream near Bharat Tea Estate. It will be conducted by Dr Liau Tai Leong and his group of volunteers. The programme is open to residents. Member’s cost RM 10 per pax .Non members RM 20 per pax. Time 9-11 am. Participants are advised to be at the Bharat tea house by 8.45 am. Light refreshments will be at the tea house.
10th July 2016-We are pleased to inform that beginning next week, the Faculty of Earth Science , Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK, will provide the expertise and assist REACH in conducting research at our biodiversity centre in Gunung Brinchang.
For the last few years, our centre has been used mainly for environmental conservation awareness activities such as reforestation and educational mossy forest tours. We have also done documentation of highland birds and orchids. But this would be the first time that we are collaborating with a University to do research of the Highland Forest in a methodical way.
Our scientific advisor, Professor Maketab Mohamed, introduced the team from UMK and on the 14th of February 2016 they made their first trip up here. Besides reconnaissance and together with volunteers from UTM ,MNS Pahang and Hammock, they also set up some cloud harvesting panels as a “trial run.”
10th July 2016- Our programmes for schools have resumed again following a hiatus of a few months. As in previous years, most of our environmental activities for students are in the latter half of the year when schools are less busy with academic work and sports. Next week on the 12 of July 2016, 19 students from SJKC Brinchang will be participating in the above programme. We are also fortunate that for the next 3 months , which coincide with the long summer break of universities, we will have more volunteers .
23th May 2016- When the replacement Local Plan for Cameron Highlands 2030 was open for public viewing late last year, many of us could not immediately find the time to scrutinize it . It came in 3 big volumes ie Jilid I to III and since no detailed copies were initially available for the public to ‘takeaway’, one had to spend time at the town planners office to study it. (Later, although it became available online some pages were duplicated while others were missing.)
Then the reporters started calling. Amongst the first questions they asked were “What is REACH’s comment on the 7.5 degrees rise in minimum temperature in Cameron Highlands?”
Following this, the second speaker Ms. Vanajah gave a short speech on the importance of adopting a sustainable lifestyle. This was followed by the headmaster of SMKSAS welcoming the students and highlighting the school’s environmental efforts.
The objective of this contest was to get students to build creative inventions using recycled materials. The contest was judged by Dr. Liau, Miss Kyoko Kaibara,a Japanese long stay resident, Mr. UthayaKumar, and Ms. Sharon Baker.