About The Langkawi Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp
The Langkawi Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp is for youths between the ages of 16 to 25 years old who are residents or are currently residing (students, working youths) in the states of Penang, Perlis, Kedah and Perak Malaysia. This camp will introduce the concept and application of design thinking in addressing island-based environmental and social issues, using Pulau Langkawi (specifically Pantai Cenang) as a case study.
Why Do We Organize a Camp on Sustainability?
We believe that environmental sustainability is and will continue to be the most important issue for people from all walks of life in the next five years. Whether doctor or teacher, entrepreneur or laborer, everyone will need to confront issues of environmental sustainability at some point. The Knights of Nature Sustainability camp aims to provide participants with the knowledge and tools necessary to not only live sustainable lifestyles themselves, but also to impart their wisdom to friends, family, colleagues, and communities. What’s also important is that this camp will train the participants in designing effective and innovative community-based programs to address an urgent environmental or social issue. The participants will then present their ideas to the relevant stakeholders (such as LADA or the Kedah State Government) via EcoKnights in a clear presentation.
When It Will Be?
21 - 24 May 2015
Where Will It Be?
Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa
Who Can Join?
Any youth between the ages of 16 to 25 who are either a resident or is currently residing (students, working youths) in the states of Penang, Perlis, Kedah and Perak Malaysia.
The camp can only accommodate 24 participants by APPLYING HERE (link to application). A commitment fee of RM150 is required to secure your spot if you have been selected.
Be a Knight of Nature
The Langkawi Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp 2014 is an inspiring and action packed camp specially designed for young adults with passionate hearts for sustainability and sustainable living. It is not only an exclusive learning experience with our current elite Knights but also an opportunity to build close friendships and have crazy amounts of fun! The camp is subsidized to youths due to amazing partnerships and collaborations with Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa, Resorts World, Genovasi and the Ford Conservation Grant.
The curriculum for the Knights of Nature Sustainability Camp has been developed with a vision of delivering a 4-day camp experience for youth between the ages of 16 and 25. The goal of the camp is to increase knowledge and awareness about the global and local ecological crisis with a specific focus on environmental and social issues that are faced by communities along Pantai Cenang in Pulau Langkawi. With booming tourism numbers, and a strong reliance on environmental-related tours as tourist attractions, one of the backlash of such events is the impact of tourism and unsustainable business practices on the natural environment. This will affect the resilience of the island to be able to sustain communities and their activities.
The curriculum of this camp with feature speakers that are from Langkawi who are championing sustainability, and will showcase their local efforts to the participants whether through technological or social interventions. An array of concerns will also be shared with the participants. Day 1 of the camp will see the introduction of island-related environmental issues from waste management to protection of natural resources such as the GeoPark. On Days 2 and 3, and with the experts from Genovasi, the participants will be educated on the process of design thinking in addresses environmental issues in Langkawi, after which on the Day 3, groups of participants will be assigned to test their hypothesis along Pantai Cenang with the local communities.
The participants would have to then package the information, knowledge and processes that they have learned and produce a possible project that can be easily executed or adopted by any of the local industry players or government agencies as an initiative to address sustainability in Pantai Cenang. The camp’s goals and outputs will be discussed on Day 4 where the participants will also receive their official Knight of Nature graduation certification and soon after, depart for home.
The reason the camp is designed for only residents or youths that are residing in Kedah, Perlis and Penang is because of the proximity of the issues these three states face in terms of sustainability, community engagement and participation and youth involvement in sustainability efforts in their own backyard. We hope that the Camp Curriculum will expose the participants to address environmental and social issues that are close to their community.
Back to nature experience
The camp will be held at the camping grounds of Frangipani Langkawi Resort and Spa
- Increase knowledge on environmental and sustainable lifestyles within a fun and creative atmosphere;
- Promote sustainable actions in daily life;
- Introduce the approach of design thinking to the participants to facilitate construction of an innovation solution to the wide range of environmental issues along Pantai Cenang;
- Develop essential qualities like teamwork, leadership, time management and problem solving skills; and
- Training of participants to be the army of change and to spread environmental & social awareness to the communities
- Hands-on field explorations related to the geology and ecology of Pulau Langkawi;
- Amazingly fun sustainability workshops with industry experts and advocates of sustainability;
- Field experiments through the design thinking approach; and
- Unique outdoor locations and recreational opportunities throughout Pulau Langkawi.
At the camp, you will:
- Heighten your level of environmental awareness specifically on island-based sustainability;
- Learn about sustainability and island systems in a fun and creative ambience;
- Develop positive qualities like teamwork, leadership, time management and problem solving skills;
- Learn to implement sustainable actions in daily life; and
- Learn how to construct innovative solutions to addressing unsustainable practices on an island.