Children learning different plant processes

By Marilyn Menezes Simon

Sep 12 2022

TO mark the World Day of Prayer for Creation, the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur’s Creation Justice Commission (CJC) organised a nature walk at Taman Tugu on August 27. The theme was Listening to the voice of creation.

The Saturday morning activity brought together 70 participants from different faiths, communities, and age groups. Fr Andrew Manickam OFM Cap, who heads the Creation Justice Commission, started the day’s events with a prayer for everyone present and for God’s creation.

Three events were lined up for the day – A Nature walk, a tree adoption by the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, and a Plant and Hunt for the kids.

The participants were guided on a threekilometre trail by two volunteers from Taman Tugu. The friendly volunteers gave details of how the park, which spans 66 acres, was once a dumping yard before it was converted into a green space in the heart of the city.

Information about plant names, creatures found in the park, the oldest trees (some around 80 years old), and the sustainability of the park was shared.

In doing our bit for the environment, a 15-year-old tree was adopted by the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur. The tag reads Season of Creation – Restoring Our Common Home with the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur logo.

For the Plant and Hunt activity, volunteers from the Taman Tugu group encouraged the children to search for flowers and leaves from their short walk. They learned different plant processes, and plant names and had flowers laminated. The children also planted their own plants in self-watering pots and played Bingo.

The Season of Creation commenced on Sept 1 and will end on Oct 4. Various events have been scheduled, including a formation session on Chapters five and six of the Laudato Si’ encyclical on Sept 17 at the Archdiocese Pastoral Institute and a Morib beach cleaning activity on Sept 24. – Herald Malaysia