A different kind of mother by any standards and certainly the right woman for International Women’s Day, Dr. Yasmin Rasyid is a marine biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion.
She champions sustainable living and leads by example through her work, her beliefs, and her non-governmental, youth-led environmental organisation called EcoKnights.
Founded in 2005 by Yasmin, where she also serves as the president, EcoKnights has pushed its agenda of empowering Malaysians to live sustainably and protecting the environment for more than 15 years.
The NGO has successfully achieved its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through many of its initiatives, such as community developments and education, public outreach, rehabilitation, conservation and restorations, sustainability communications, as well as youth development and volunteerism.
In 2019, before the pandemic curtailed movements, it successfully planted 510 trees in degraded areas, collected 9.87 tonnes of solid and organic waste including used cooking oil, cleaned up six tonnes of river waste from 3 polluted urban rivers, such as Sg. Bunus, Sg. Gombak, Sg. Kerayong, and delivered 128 talks and workshops to motivate more Malaysians to adopt sustainable habits and practices.
Its achievements have not gone unnoticed.
In recognition of its outstanding volunteering efforts in restoring and rehabilitating degraded landscapes in the country, EcoKnights won the ‘Inisiatif Sukarelawan Negara Taman’ award presented by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.