Saturday, December 8, 2007

CL7: Let’s Make The World A Better Place To Live In

Background:

This is speech no 7 in the Competent and Leadership manual. It is about researching your topic and producing a piece full of specific facts to appear convincing. Toastmaster Teoh did an excellent job and here is his finished product.

Actual Speech:

Thank you TME. Good evening Acting President, fellow Toastmasters and guests.

Before I start, can I have a show of hands, how many of you threw rubbish today? Wokeh Nancy, would you mind sharing with us how much rubbish did you throw today? What about you Vijay?

Have you all ever thought where does the trash that we all throw everyday go? Yes, the garbage trucks collect the garbage from our houses every other day and send them to the landfills. There are currently about 230 landfills in our country, each about the size of 20 to 150 hectares.

Thing is, the capacity of our landfills are now very limited. Each time a landfill is full, another new one needs to be opened. The Government spends lots of money to open new landfills year after year. Not only that, there are also pollution and health related issues.

According to statistics by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, Malaysians averagely throw about 0.7kg of trash a day. Multiply that with the population of our country, we are all throwing

15 000 tonnes of rubbish a day. Not sure how much trash is that? It’s about 750 full container loads. Scary huh?

Well, is there anything we can do about it? Certainly YES. It’s the 3R’s. Nope, I’m not talking about the 3R TV programme on TV3. The 3R’s I meant is actually short for reduce, reuse and recycle.

The First R – Reduce. We must reduce the amount of plastic bags we use. It is a common sight that we see customers asking for more plastic bags at the payment counters in supermarkets. That is NOT the right thing to do. In fact, we should have brought our own bags when we go shopping just like what the westerners do. Plastics are not biodegradable. Using lots of plastic bags unnecessarily will harm our mother earth.

The Second R – Reuse. We should always reuse the products that are still durable. For example, we can always use the reverse side of the paper, both at home and in the office. Do you all know that to produce a tonne of paper, we need to fell a total of 17 trees?? Reusing paper can certainly help save the forests.

The Third R – Recycle. We should recycle our trash. Most of our daily items can be recycled. The items are among others newspapers, magazines, papers, glasses, aluminum tin cans and even plastic!! Not only we can save the environment by recycling these products, we can also earn some money. So think before you throw!!!

For the convenience of the public, the Housing and Local Government Ministry has prepared some 15 000 recycling bins in over 700 recycling centres nationwide. Most of these recycling bins are usually located at the schools, petrol stations, shopping centres, residential areas and government offices.

So instead of throwing away our daily items, find out which of the items can be recycled. Clean and sort them and put them into the recycling bins accordingly.

Now you may ask, why must we go though all this hassle of recycling when we can just throw the garbage away? After all, we’re not even paying for the rubbish to be thrown away.

The reason is simple. Recycling brings us lots of benefits. We can preserve the environment by recycling. We can leave behind a good environment for our children and the descendants to come. There’s this headline in the recent edition of The Edge that reads ‘What we leave for our children is how we will be remembered’.

Secondly, recycling helps us save money. We can save on the transportation charges to transport the garbage to the landfills. We can also reduce the cost of maintaining the landfills. And like I said just now, we can earn some money if we sell our used items like old newspapers, bottles, etc to the collectors.

Not only that, recycling also saves energy. Do you know that the energy saved by recycling an aluminum tin can can be used to turn the television on for three hours?

So, ladies and gentlemen, start recycling today!!!

Before I end my speech, let me repeat the 3R’s to make the world a better place to live in. Reduce what is unnecessary, reuse the products that are still durable and recycle our trash. We are all part of the environment. What we do to the environment, we do to ourselves.

Back to you, Toastmasters of the Evening.

By, Teoh Chun Ming