11th Malaysia Plan and the Environment: An Overview
The 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP) was released on 21st May 2015 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. It is a national plan for the next five years of the country's development, and powers the last leg of the race to Year 2020 when Malaysia plans to achieve the status of a developed nation.
Join us for this multi-part series as we read and review the 11MP with a focus on green growth and sustainable development.
Structure of the 11MP
The 11MP is published with one main document and ... Read more
5 Reasons why “Under The Dome” is the big hit after “The Inconvenient Truth”
It definitely is. If some of you vividly recall The Inconvenient Truth, the famous documentary on climate destabilization by Al Gore nearly 10 years ago, Chinese journalist Chai Jing's new documentary "Under The Dome" has surely taken the baton. Hitting close to 300 million views over a week in early March 2015, the documentary claims to be the only topic on China's social media platforms for three days straight. The film however, was taken down by the authority after that week. I am not a movi... Read more
A toolkit to implement green business – out now and free!
This month Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM, the Malaysian Companies Commission) and WWF Malaysia launched a new toolkit to help businesses go green. The toolkit is Malaysian-centric and available in both English and Bahasa Melayu.
The toolkit focuses on 3 areas of business activities:
Administration - Maintaining a green office
Supply Chain - Implementing a green procurement strategy
Operations - Greening your operations
For each of these three activities, the toolkit... Read more
Will You Hug a Tree?
The beauty and tranquility of forests all over the world—from the tropics to the tundra—inspire all of us. Almost 300 million people and eight out of ten land-dwelling species live in forests.
From now through April 30, we invite you to share your love of trees and show your support for protecting the world's forests.
Post a photo of yourself hugging a tree on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #hugatree.
We can't wait to check out the ph... Read more
Getting Back to the Main Purpose of Going Environmental
The title of today's post might sound weird, but it is what all of us should do because we often tend to accidentally miss out the point of going green when we are pushing for a sustainable cause. As an environmentalist (no matter you are studying or working in any field), we want the best for the environment and we also hope that people around us do the same as well. Besides showering our peers with 'environmental-friendly behaviour', we might involve ourselves as the organisers or volunteers f... Read more
Interview with ThuleTuvalu’s director, Matthias von Gunten
For the MESYM Documentary Night #21 we'll screen ThuleTuvalu, a film featuring the people living in Thule, the northernmost city in Greenland, and Tuvalu, a remote pacific island state. Whereas in Thule the ice is melting, Tuvalu is slowly drowning in the rising sea. Thus Thule and Tuvalu, even though far away from each other, are intimately related due to climate change.
After watching the film, we will have a Skype Q&A with the film director, Matthias von Gunten. To understand more ... Read more
Borneo orangutan dies
I got an email from sumofus.org with some horrifying news. I'm sorry to have to share this.
Devastating news. An orangutan has died after being found on a palm oil plantation in Borneo with 40 air rifle pellets in her body.
She was found inside a palm oil plantation in the Central Kalimantan province, the third largest province in Indonesia that’s covered in dense tropical rainforest and peatland swamps, and internationally acknowledged as a sanctuary for the endangered orangutan.
I... Read more
What Is Wrong with Mega Dams? – The Baram Dam Project
When we talk about renewable energy, it is about the production of electricity using renewable resources such as sun light and wind, which won't be depleted. Some people might suggest hydroelectricity which is obtained through the turning of turbines using the gushing of water from a higher elevation (potential energy to mechanical energy to electrical energy) which does not use up any resource as well. The most renowned hydroelectrical dam in China - Three Gorges Dam at Yangtze River which cov... Read more
A look into the TPPA: Environmental risks abound
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a free trade agreement in the process of negotiation by 12 countries including Malaysia, the United States, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan. It contains 29 chapters covering trade and other aspects, and is controversial for its opacity, as the content of the agreement is kept secret before signing.
Over the weekend, the Bar Council’s Environment and Climate Change Committee organis... Read more
Malaysia Human Development Report 2014
Hi, I just received an email from UNDP about the release of the first Malaysia Human Development Report 2014, so below I share it with everyone.
The Malaysia Human Development Report 2013 (MHDR) is the country’s first nationally-owned, independent report of its kind, with a focus on inclusive growth. Themed Redesigning an Inclusive Future, the report is an analysis of the country’s development since the New Economic Policy (NEP) was implemented in 1971.
What's the connection between... Read more
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 6 / 天天都在吃毒（第三部）: 基因改造篇 6
Previous Chapters of the "GMO" Series:
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 1
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 2
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 3
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 4
Eating Poison Everyday (Part 3) : GMO 5
The Label War --- The battle between facts & lies.
The “Right-to-Know” is Taken Away
If the label tells you there is poison in a food product, yet you still want to eat it, then that is your ... Read more
Not all doom and gloom
Almost at a daily basis, we are inundated by news of mass deforestation, general environmental degradation, climate change-related disasters, and so on. The faint-hearted environmentalist may just take the route of avoiding reading the news altogether.
However, if you have been following Malaysian news within the past week or so, there have been some rather encouraging developments. I’ve listed some of them down, plus some extras below on some exciting projects to look forward to in the not... Read more