What do you think of the Ulu Muda Forest?
The Greater Ulu Muda Forest complex is a group of seven areas of forest in Kedah State, Malaysia. It contains over 160,000 hectares of primary and secondary forest, approximately half of the forest cover in all of Kedah! The forest hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna, including many vulnerable and endangered species such as the Malayan Tapir, the Clouded Leopard and the Plain-pouched Hornbill.
Despite this, the forest is still classified as "Production" forest which means that parts of... Read more
Climate Change and Health – A Malaysian Perspective
When we are talking about environmental issues (rising sea level in Bangladesh, river pollution in India, destruction of coral reef in Australia etc., just to name a few), we tend to just shrug it off because they have nothing to do with us there is nothing we can do about it. However, when it comes to health issues, people will be sharing information and tips how to prevent getting cancers, heart diseases and the list goes on never-endingly. We are so enthusiastic in protecting our body from h... Read more
Global Citizen Dialogue on Climate Change and Energy
Hi, I attended this event on Saturday morning, 6th June 2015. It was mostly aimed at people who had little knowledge on the concept of global warming and was being held for the first time in Malaysia (and for the 3rd time in over 100 countries around the world). Overall, it turned out okay, with a sprinkling of initiatives being carried out by MBPJ.
First up, we had speeches from representatives of various organisations (MNS, French Embassy, MBPJ), followed by 5 rounds of video pres... Read more
Key Ideas from the ‘Corporate Leadership: Battle of the Big Ideas for Sustainability’ event.
Hi, here are the key ideas shared with us by the presenters:
To implement sustainability, you have to first start with a simple idea and carry it out.
A lot of things we have is out of habit.
Once you have gone down the path of sustainability and believe in the changes you have made, it is hard to go back.
Leaders come and go, so sustainability must be built into the DNA of the company.
You either cater to current demands or create new demands for sustainable efforts.
... Read more
Food for Thought
Time indeed flies very fast, the 1st half of the year is nearly over, reflecting on the Organic Farming situation in Malaysia. How far has the market developed - is there any new development at all? Are we happy with the level of consciousness (no doubt there is an increase of awareness) generated among the consumers? Do our organic farmers solely produce to supply and are content /complacent as marketing is not an issue? What about the wholesalers and retail shops - are they doing enough to add... Read more
Belgium and the Congo (some history)
"Leopold II, the second king of modern Belgium, had transformed the medieval city during his long reign (1865-1 909) into a modern wonder-with wide roads, proper sewers, and a magnificent urban display that had been crafted for the Universal Exhibition of 1897. While the city celebrated the genuine architectural and artistic treasures of northwestern Europe, it did little to reveal the basis of its own immense wealth... But by 1927, the main source of wealth for Belgium and the city was not from... Read more
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
Shashidharan N Subramaniam
Tan Siew Luang