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on 17 Apr, 13:37

GE 14 Open Letter to All Political Parties, by NGOs concerned about the environment

GE 14 Open Letter to All Political Parties, by NGOs concerned about the environment

To: Presidents of all political parties in Malaysia

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by 193 countries, including Malaysia, in September 2015 at the United Nations Summit encompass environmental, social and economic dimensions. These are now considered as universal goals for development and indicators of a country’s well-being.

We believe that environmental conservation deserves a greater emphasis in your aspirations for our country. Sustainable development should be a goal that ensures a win-win in the environmental, social and economic dimensions. By informing voters of your aspirations and plans for sustainable development in Malaysia, you allow them to make informed decisions with their votes. We, the undersigned, urge you to recognise the environmental aspirations of the citizens of Malaysia, especially the youth [refer to i] by: a) including these aspirations in your Party Manifesto; and b) ensuring they are given high priority to ensure sustainable development for current and future generations. We appeal to you to inform the voters how you will work towards realising those aspirations for the benefits of the people and, more specifically, what would you do in the first 100 days, if you are elected to form the government.

Malaysia is recognised as one of the top twelve countries in the world for mega- biodiversity. We are blessed with tropical rainforest, mangroves, peatland, montane forests, which ranks Malaysia the 4th in the world for most tree species [refer to ii] . Our surrounding seas are important parts of the Coral Triangle, which contains more than 75% of the world’s known coral species [refer to iii]. Our biodiversity is certainly one of the reasons why many tourists come to Malaysia.

As we all know, humans cannot survive without nature. While development is meant to increase our standards of living and grow our economy, unsustainable development inadvertently destroys the environment. The environment that provides services we take for granted such as our clean air, fresh water, food, and protection against extreme weather. In the end we are left worse than expected and this does not need to be the case. We must aim to achieve development in a sustainable way to balance our aspirations for economic growth without compromising our natural capital (environmental assets, social systems, cultural resources). Only then can we ensure higher standards of living for current and future generations.

In the absence of sustainable development and without proper protection of nature, the risks of flash flood, air pollution, landslides, shortage of water supply, and expanding urban heat islands will increase. We have already seen some of these happening and the frequency and intensity will get worse due to the pressures of increasing populations and changing climate. Not forgetting the role forests, wetlands and oceans play in providing food, nutrients and recreational space for humans, regulating the climate and buffering against extreme weather.

This Open Letter has been prepared in a neutral and non-partisan manner on behalf of our supporters – your constituents. They expect us to engage with the political system to advocate sustainable development and to urge you to make this a priority above party politics. By informing the voters your aspirations and plans for sustainable development in Malaysia, you allow them to make informed decisions with their votes.

We thank you for taking the time to read this letter.

Yours sincerely,

Biji-biji Initiative
Civil Society Organisations for Sustainable Development Goals (CSO-SDG) Alliance
Ecocentric Transitions
EcoKnights Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM)
Friends of Sarawak Museum
Hunger Hurts
Land Empowerment Animals People (LEAP) Spiral
Malaysian Nature Society
Reef Check Malaysia
Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
Sabah Environmental Trust
Sabah Wetlands Conservation Society
Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Sarawak Eco Warriors
Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM)
Treat Every Environment Special (TrEES)
Wetlands International Malaysia

i According to the National Youth Survey 2007, “the environment” ranked 3rd as the 1st concern among youth surveyed. http://www.merdeka.org/v2/download/Microsoft%20Word%20- %20National%20Youth%20Survey%202007%20-%20Exec%20Summary–%20Final.pdf
ii http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10549811.2017.1310049?journalCode=wjsf20
iii http://www.coraltriangle.org/biodiversity/Biodiversity-CoralTriangle-MarineConservation-Culture-Fisheries.html

Please see attachment of a survey on voter concerns when it comes to the environment:

Media release: Poll shows voters most concern with pollution of rivers and seas

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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!

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!

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.

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.

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

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

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

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.


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


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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