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on 17 Jul, 16:04
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Participant applications now open for #POWERSHIFTMSIA 2015!

Participant applications now open for #POWERSHIFTMSIA 2015!
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Participant applications now open for #POWERSHIFTMSIA 2015! Join us for insightful and inspiring discussions and workshops about climate change and what YOU can do for the environment, as well as fun and games. =) What are you waiting for? Bring your friends along!

Click here for the application form: http://powershiftmalaysia.org.my/powershiftmsia-2015-participant-application-form/

on 2 Jul, 12:09
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#PowerShiftMsia 2015 Participant Application Form

#PowerShiftMsia 2015 Participant Application Form
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#PowerShiftMsia is back!
This August #PowerShiftMsia will see 100 youths from all over Malaysia coming together to participate in a four ­days workshop to strengthen their climate change knowledge and learn how to run successful campaigns, with a target outcome of developing impactful climate change campaigns.

 

If you’ve got passion to stop climate change and want to be apart of a globally connected network of young people, this is no doubt for YOU!

WHAT
A kick-starter workshop for highly motivated youths to:

  1. Learn about Malaysia’s efforts in climate change
  2. Learn about inspiring youth climate movements around the world
  3. Network with local groups and learn from their past campaigning experiences
  4. Find out how to be part of this global effort
  5. Learn how to design and realize their own project in line with the international goals.

WHO
To join the camp, participants must be between 18 and 30 years old and have basic knowledge and passion for the environment and climate change. 100 participants are selected based on their commitment to be involved in projects and ready to take action.

“Be The Change You Want To See In The World” – Mahatma Gandhi.

“Be The Change You Want To See In The World” – Mahatma Gandhi.

WHERE
Pusat Kecemerlangan Paralimpik Kampung Pandan https://goo.gl/maps/FgDJN

WHEN
28-31 August, 2015

For more information, please visit the #PowerShiftMsia website.

on 28 Nov, 15:27

#PowerShiftMsia Part 2: Vinesh Sinha, Volunteer

#PowerShiftMsia Part 2: Vinesh Sinha, Volunteer
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This December, we anticipate one of the biggest climate-related events in Malaysia. #PowerShiftMsia brings together 200 passionate youths under one roof, to equip them with skills needed to lead people-powered climate action. This will be a multi-part series featuring various aspects of #PowerShiftMsia. For Part 1, we had the opportunity to interview Adrian Yeo, the initiator of #PowerShiftMsia.

#PowerShiftMsia Part 2 brings us an interview with a successful local entrepreneur and passionate #PowerShiftMsia volunteer. Vinesh Sinha, a 25 year old eco entrepreneur, started a waste oil to biodiesel organization, known as FatHopes Energy back in 2010 and currently operates his company throughout Malaysia. Very recently, FatHopes Energy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) to promote used cooking oil recycling programs.

Vinesh Sinha (Source)

What inspired you to join #PowerShiftMsia?

Power Shift Malaysia in my opinion is the only platform that offers like minded youths a chance to call for climate justice in Malaysia, in our own ways. The unique difference here is we believe that we are part of the problem and we are keen to begin working towards the solution! Why not today?

Could you give us a preview of what to expect from the workshop sessions at #PowerShiftMsia?

Power Shift Malaysia will offer a unique insight of the skills and knowhow required to carry out proper and directed climate actions, a wealth of information and knowledge which will not be offered under any other umbrella.

How do you think entrepreneurs can help to push towards a cleaner climate?

I strongly believe that entrepreneurship is a good attribute to have in the fight to stop climate change and global warming. This is because if we are able to forge or create our own direction via business, the younger generation will be able to offer new solutions to old problems. I strongly believe we cannot be doing the same things and expecting different results. Hence it is important for each and every one of us to go out there and give implementing our new idea a shot.

Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

What do you personally hope #PowerShiftMsia will achieve in the long run?

I sincerely hope that this congregation of 200 youths from across the country will instil a strong commitment towards serious climate action for the years to come, as well as propagate this cause to as many as possible – making the movement stronger and stronger.

If you had a chance to inspire a group of youth with just one quote, what would it be?

You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

“Do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

on 21 Nov, 10:52
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All you need to know about #PowerShiftMsia

All you need to know about #PowerShiftMsia
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What is #PowerShiftMsia?

#PowerShiftMsia is a five-day workshop cum camp that will be held between 10 and 15 December 2013. The event will bring together 200 young and passionate climate leaders from all over Malaysia to participate in workshops such as Policy & Governance, Understanding Media, Digital Campaigning and Creative Activism, as well as talks concerning local climate and environmental issues that will equip participants with the skills and know-how to plan and execute climate awareness-raising actions successfully.

Mission

Our mission is to help 200 young environmental leaders learn, develop their skills and turn their passion into action. It is hoped that once participants return to their home state after #PowerShiftMsia they will create and run their own campaigns for climate, environmental and social justice. Together, we will create a new wave of climate activism for a better future.

History of #PowerShiftMsia

It all began with Global Power Shift, a summit held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 24 to 30 June 2013. For seven days, 500 young climate leaders from 135 nations, including seven Malaysians, shared stories and developed skills to organise and manage campaigns. The seven came back to Malaysia determined more than ever to create a national movement calling for climate action and hence, #PowerShiftMsia was born.

Who can join?

Participants will need to be

  • between 18 and 30 years old
  • have basic knowledge and passion for the environment and climate change
  • have prior experience in participating, organising, managing and executing a social project
  • will be able to commit at least 6 months after #PowerShiftMsia for the movement

Fee

Each participant will need to pay a fee of RM200 that will cover food and accommodation. Limited scholarships are also available for deserving applicants.

The Application Process

Online application forms can be found at (http://world.350.org/malaysia/i-want-to-participate/application-form/).

Speakers & Facilitators

Established names from the environmental field to media will give talks as well as facilitate the workshops. These personalities include NGOs such as the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS), community leaders such as Zain HD, and Malaysia’s UNFCCC climate change negotiator Dr Gary W. Theseira.

Workshop Details

Interesting workshops will be held for young climate leaders during #PowerShiftMsia. The workshops include

  • Digital Campaigning – Digital Media is the most efficient platform to reach out to Malaysian audiences to spread climate change and awareness on the environment. Through this workshop, participants will learn social media tips and tricks, and learn how to effectively tell stories via YouTube, Facebook and Twitter.
  • Policy & Governance – Understanding policies regarding climate change is crucial in creating change in the system. Participants will be educated on subjects like United Nations level policies and implementations done by local governments. They will also learn the challenges associated with these policies and learn tips on how to leverage and influence the system.
  • Understanding Media – The mainstream media can be a strong ally in environmental campaigns. The workshop will educate participants on the type of stories favoured by the media, the publications read by the general public, and how to draft press releases.
  • Creative Activism – Participants will learn methods to conduct an effective yet creative campaign.
  • Idola Demokrasi – This workshop will allow participants to define a problem and correctly identify the root cause to a problem.
  • Theory of Change – We aim to shift our wasteful, fossil-fuel focused society to an efficient renewable-centric one. Through this workshop, participants will learn to identify certain behaviours of a section of the society, and apply strategies accordingly.
  • Storytelling – Participants will learn to write personal narratives and campaign stories, as well as to ways to craft a campaign story that will move mountains.

For media enquiries, please contact Adrian Yeo (012-358 5453, ninoamigo@gmail.com) or Sheena Moses (012-351 8477, s.mariamoses@gmail.com)

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on 18 Nov, 00:01

#PowerShiftMsia Part 1: Interview with Adrian Yeo

#PowerShiftMsia Part 1: Interview with Adrian Yeo
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This December, we anticipate one of the biggest climate-related events in Malaysia. #PowerShiftMsia brings together 200 passionate youths under one roof, to equip them with skills needed to lead people-powered climate action. This will be a multi-part series featuring various aspects of #PowerShiftMsia. For Part 1, we had the opportunity to interview Adrian Yeo, the initiator of #PowerShiftMsia.

#PowerShiftMsia is a local initiative born out of Global Power Shift, a global movement of young people eager to push for urgent action on our climate crisis. Global Power Shift was initiated and is being led by 350.org, a youth-led network co-founded by environmental writer Bill McKibben.

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In June 2013, an international group of climate leaders and young activists met in Istanbul. The week-long summit saw them refining their skills and creating personal bonds and community. They shared a global vision for change, and strategized how to organize different actions and similar summits back home.

Adrian Yeo was one of the participants of Global Power Shift, who upon his return to Malaysia started to organize #PowerShiftMsia. He is a community organizer and an advocate to strengthening of civil society, active in engaging local environment, energy and resource campaigns. Adrian is a committee member of RakanKL, a volunteer group promoting the love of Kuala Lumpur’s history & heritage. He recently spoke on TEDxMerdekaSquare promoting civil society movement building.

Tell us a little about your journey that has led to climate change movements, including your involvement in #PowerShiftMsia.

I was a Boy Scout growing up in KL. We went trekking and camping in the jungles around Selangor. During the trips we kept meeting patches of cleared forests and heard stories of how the animals and trees were sacrificed in the name of development. This started me on the journey to learn more and spend more time in these natural habitats before they are gone.

I worked for YOUNGO as the Youth Logistics Coordinator at UNFCCC’s COP15 in Copenhagen, and actively participated at various UNFCCC & UNCSD (Rio+20) meetings and conferences. I was an official presenter of Al Gore’s The Climate Reality Project (TCRP), in which I underwent in-depth training under Mr. Gore on the issue of climate crisis.

In June 2013 I was a participant of 350.org’s Global Power Shift, in Istanbul, to catalyze powerful national movements calling for bold climate action. Now I am back, organizing Malaysia’s own Power Shift so that we can begin serious work on climate and environmental issues in 2014.

Volunteers are already hard at work. It is a tremendous undertaking, but we are confident that we will make it.

If you could choose one word to describe the condition of our environment today, what would it be?

Tipping Point (wait that’s two). We are nearing the tipping point of no return. Take action today or live with the regret of climate chaos in the future.

Why do you think that the Power Shift Movement is important for our Earth?

Having attended a few UN Climate Change Talks, it dawned on me that the REAL change must happen at the grassroots level. If we wish to see any safe climate future, we need to build a strong, youth-led climate movement in Malaysia. A movement to strive for sustainable development, clean renewable energy, better management of our forest and wildlifes, and compulsory environment education for our future generations.

Where do you think Malaysians stand when it comes to environmental awareness?

If you ask 10 Malaysians on the street, 9 will agree with you that we need to recycle and do good for the environment. The awareness is high, but the motivation for taking action is low. We lack the infrastructure for people to do the right thing. Recycling centres or bins are hidden in corners, we have a disconnected public transportation system, water & electricity utilities are highly subsidised thus leading to high wastage. We need to stop talking and start doing.

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What should participants expect out of #PowerShiftMsia?

#PowerShiftMsia will be a gathering of many community organisers who are leading campaigns and doing good work in their own cities, kampungs or schools. More often than not we have the feeling that we are fighting this battle alone. Coming together during 10-15 December can be a great time to network with the other fellow climate change campaigners and to recharge our spirits.

#PowerShiftMsia will also empower participants with a variety of workshops, including digital campaigning, policy and governance, media literacy, and creative activism. Participants will learn about democracy and civil rights, the theory of change, and the storytelling skills needed to bring about effective change.

What is the long term goal of #PowerShiftMsia?

The goal of #PowerShiftMsia is to shift our reliance on dirty energy to clean energy, by empowering people to push for the change that they wish to see. The attendees of #PowerShiftMsia will learn important skills and champion a movement to effectively confront the climate crisis faced by our planet.

If you had a chance to inspire a group of youth with just one quote, what would it be?

Buat Kerja Cepat-Cepat
Stop Talking, Start Doing.

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Want to participate or volunteer? More information here, or you can check out #PowerShiftMsia’s website.

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