#EarthDayKL2021 – Restore Our Earth

The on-going pandemic meant that this year’s Earth Day celebrations were conducted digitally. Here is a summary of Earth Day activities across the month of April.

Earth Week with Think City Institute

Together with Think City Institute and supported by TNB, FoBK hosted 4 webinars across the week of 20-27 April 2021. Below are the recordings of the webinars:

#1 – Youth Engagement in Climate Action

Description: The climate emergency will affect our collective future. So how can the leaders of tomorrow rise up to seize the future today? This webinar will explore how to amplify the voice that matters most – youths!

Speakers: Jasmin Ilham (Climate and Environment Consultant, UNICEF), Mathini Arveena Ravee, Klima Action Malaysia (KAMY)

Moderator: Thary Gazi Goh, Urban Biodiversity Initiative (UBI)

#2 – Why Communities Are Important In Protecting Green Spaces

Description: How do you balance the development of Greater KL while protecting urban green lungs? This webinar takes a look at the instrumental role of community-based organisations in advocating for the protection of urban forests and why your voice matters.

Speakers: Justine Vaz (General Manager, The Habitat Foundation); Peter Leong (Treasurer, Friends of Bukit Kiara)

Moderator: Kribanandan Gurusamy Naidu, President of the Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK)

#3 – Firefly Biodiversity, Mysteries & Ecology

Description: Did you know fireflies can be found in urban forests? Inland fireflies are numerous in shape, size & light display patterns, reflecting their higher biodiversity & unique relationship with our forests. As part of FoBK’s ‘Magical Mysteries at Bukit Kiara’, a project supported by GEF-SGP-UNDP & JLN, there will be a sharing of insights into these fascinating creatures.

Speakers: Thary Goh, Urban Biodiversity Initiative (UBI); Dr Nada Bt Badruddin, Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM)

Moderator: Leon Koay (Friends of Bukit Kiara, Save Taman Rimba Kiara)

#4 – Restoring Our Earth

Description: The theme of Earth Day 2021 is ‘Restore Our Earth’. What does that mean for Malaysia? This webinar explores the challenges faced in tackling the climate emergency locally.

Speakers: Sofia Castelo, Lead of Think City’s Resilience Community of Practice, Think City; Dr Dzaeman Dzulkifli, Executive Director, Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC)

Moderator: Baida Jane Hercus, Free Tree Society (FTS)

Spotlight On Our Friends

In line with this year’s Earth Day theme, we featured other organisations that do amazing conservation work across Klang Valley and Malaysia. From Malaysian Nature Society to Shah Alam Community Forest and EcoKnights, this is not an exhaustive list but just some of the good folks doing good work across Greater KL.

Watch the videos on Facebook.

A Guide To Bukit Kiara with a Budding Biologist

Have you ever wondered what exactly are the plants you see in Bukit Kiara? We enlisted the wisdom of Marcus Lim, a 9-year old budding biologist, to be our guide to the wonders of this urban forest!

Getting Lost in Bukit Kiara with Rambo Tan

It was a wild day out in Bukit Kiara as wild man Rambo Tan decided to go for a walk in the forest. With some help from Marcus Lim and friends, he survived the short trek – no injuries but with lots of stories to tell.

Watch the livestream on Facebook.


Cancellation of #EarthDayKL2020 Events

[16 Mar 2020 – We regret to inform that in light of the circumstances in Malaysia related to the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak, we will be cancelling this and all other Earth Day KL 2020 events that were slated in March. This postponement is to ensure safety of all and we really appreciate your kind understanding on this. We truly appreciate your interest in this activity and will keep you posted about developments in this regard. Stay safe and clean, everyone!]

We are excited about the up-coming Earth Day KL 2020 event on 19th Apr 2020 and the pre-events in the run up to the day. It’s a healthy, outdoor activity which we hope both kids and adults will enjoy. We plan to keep the group small of no more than 30 people. We will also be conducting temperature checks and have sanitizers on hand.

Bearing in mind the health and travel advisories which have been issued by Ministry of Health and WHO on Covid-19, we would like to ensure the following for those participating:
i) You have not travelled or transited in high risk countries in the last 14 days, which include China, South Korea, Italy, Japan, Iran and Denmark,
ii) You are fit and well with no fever, cold or flu-like symptoms,
iii) You have not been in any direct contact with any patients.

If you have ANY of the above, we kindly ask you to delay participation and join us later in future events. While we cannot guarantee there is no risk, Friends of Bukit Kiara have been monitoring the evolving situation closely, and want this to be an enjoyable experience for all. As in all activities organized by Friends of Bukit Kiara, we take due measures in the organization of all our activities to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

Please sign up for all events at http://bit.ly/EarthDayKL202


From Glow Worms to Fireflies: The Magical Mysteries Of Bukit Kiara

More than 280 people including 9 Firefly Ambassadors attended a firefly talk and walk in the neighbourhood of Taman Tun Dr Ismail last Saturday on 15th February 2020.  This event was organized by Friends of Bukit Kiara (FoBK) as a run-up activity to the Earth Day KL 2020, which will be held on Sunday, 19th April 2020.   This year marks the 50th year to observe Earth Day globally, with the theme Climate Action.

Mr Sonny Wong of Malaysian Nature Society speaks to a riveted crowd

People from all walks of life, including children and elderly, came to the talk held at Menara Ken to learn more about fireflies, their habitats and vulnerabilities to changes in the ecosystem due to development and climate change.  Mr Sonny Wong, Honorary Secretary of the Fireflies International Network, co-chair of the International Union for Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC) a Firefly Specialist Group and firefly conservation program manager of the Malaysian Nature Society, spoke of the international interest in fireflies and support for the conservation of their habitats.

Special guest speaker Dr Wan F. A. Jusoh, Research Fellow at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore, shared her research and study findings which was commissioned by FoBK.  She and her research team have identified at least three genera of fireflies in Bukit Kiara to-date and related the significant difficulty in identifying the fireflies to species level in the absence of taxonomic studies. She highlighted the need for more research and collaboration with different institutions including undertaking a full taxonomy study in the future when funds are available.

“Watching the awe and wonder in the participants’ eyes when they discovered that they have glow worms and fireflies in their backyard – it reminds me why I research them” said the Terengganu-born Dr Wan Jusoh.


The attendees proceeded to Taman Persekutuan Lembah Kiara for a night walk to observe the fireflies.  The Firefly Ambassadors guided the participants who shared dos and don’ts to be observed during the walk.

“We are very encouraged to see such an overwhelming response to the firefly talk and walk.  It further demonstrates why it is so vital to protect Bukit Kiara as a green lung for future generations”, said Ir Dr Kriban G N, President of FoBK.  He hoped there would be public support for FoBK to conduct more field research on the fireflies in Bukit Kiara.

Also present were Pn Mariam from Jabatan Landskap Negara, Federal Territories Ministry, and her team who participated in the talk and walk.


#EDKL2020 Pre-event: Young River Scientist

13 Mar 2020 – We regret to inform that Young River Scientist programme planned for this Saturday (14 March 2020) has to be postponed to later due to the Covid-19 outbreak. This postponement is to ensure safety of all and we really appreciate your kind understanding on this. We truly appreciate your interest in this activity and will keep you posted about developments in this regard.

Children explore fun river-related activities. And learn the importance of keeping our rivers clean as an indispensable and sustainable source of our drinking water and for other benefits.

Meet at the stream opposite the park’s playground.

This event is free. But donations to FoBK is appreciated.

Timing: 8.30-11am

Sign up now at https://bit.ly/EarthDayKL2020


Earth Day KL 2019

Great Prizes are up for grabs (including tickets to Legoland) if you complete this online survey ahead of coming to Earth Day KL 2019.


Remember to help save the environment: Bring your own plates, cups, cutlery and drinking water bottles – help us reduce waste.

Venue details:
If unsure of the correct location of TAMAN LEMBAH KIARA, the lakeside family park nearest & dearest to TTDI locals, please google(map) or Waze this place name:

“Taman Persekutuan Main Entrance”

20th April @Taman Lembah Kiara

Come for this original musical experience with NYATA, a band of Temuan musicians from Banting.



Book your spot on GEC’s Educational River Walk and discover the sheer diversity of our riverine aquatic life.