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on 23 Jan, 15:46
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Mindset-UNMC

[Mindset Public Talk] Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

We are pleased to invite you to our first Mindset Public Talk of 2018. This event is in conjunction with The World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur and features two presentations, from Dr Chris Ives (University of Nottingham, UK) and Dr David Tan (United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health). Both speakers will discuss areas of their research, which offer innovative perspectives for moving towards urban sustainability (details below).

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally (but as this month, not always) held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Feb 2018

Title: Connecting to Nature & Systems Thinking for a Better City

Guest Speakers: Dr Chris Ives and Dr David Tan

Date & time: Wed 7 Feb 2018, 6-7:30 pm

Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)

Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies

RSVP: Wed 31 Jan, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Speakers and the Talks

Connecting to nature in the city: Current knowledge and new directions for sustainable urbanisation

Being ‘connected to nature’ is increasingly recognised as vital for a good quality of life but increasingly difficult to achieve in the context of rapid urbanisation. In this talk, concepts of human-nature connectedness will be outlined based on insights from diverse fields of scholarship. The challenge of enhancing connections to nature in the new urban era will then explored. Actions for connecting people to nature will be related to the vision of cities presented in the UN’s New Urban Agenda before proposing a framework for how nature can be embedded in pathways towards urban sustainability.

Dr. Chris Ives is an interdisciplinary researcher with expertise in urban social-ecological systems and the human dimensions of environmental management. He joined the University of Nottingham in 2016 after holding research positions at universities in Australia and Germany. As an Australian, Chris loves the outdoors but is also fascinated by how cities function in different parts of the world. His research has focused on the values urban residents assign to green space, the ethics of conservation policy, the biodiversity of streamside habitats and ways of conceptualising sustainability transformations.

Systems Thinking for Urban Health and Sustainable Development

Health begins in the environments we live and operate in. Cities play a pivotal role, both as the environments that are home to a majority to human beings today, and as engines of development that are shaping the global environment of tomorrow. The relationships that govern the operation of cities are complex, difficult to observe and understand. Systems thinking is a tool for tracing and exploring the feedback loops that govern complex systems. The talk will introduce the SCHEMA project, “Systems Thinking and Place-Based Methods for Healthier Malaysian Cities,” which uses systems thinking for understanding specific problems and for facilitating communication between disciplines and between experts and non-experts to break down information and management silos.

Dr. David Tan is a systems thinking researcher with a background in environmental engineering. He joined United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health in 2016, where he explores the linkages between urban environments and public health and wellbeing. His interests include sustainable housing and transit solutions and figuring out how to get key actors in urban environments to see the impact they have on health.

on 10 Jan, 13:50
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MYCAT

CAT Walk Feb 2018

CAT Walk is open for registration!

Date: 3-4 Feb 2018
Location: Sungai Yu Tiger Corridor, Pahang.
Fee: RM 250 (Malaysian) / RM 500 (non-Malaysian)
25% discount is applicable for existing volunteers and full time students.

To join, please follow these steps:

1. Read this Joining Information at https://goo.gl/fFtUfK

2. Register* and pay** at https://goo.gl/Q2V7YJ

*Requires a PDF copy of your front & back Malaysian IC or passport bearer page (for non-Malaysians).
**On-line banking (Malaysian banks only) or with credit card.

Your reservation on a CAT Walk is confirmed once payment is made. Participation is on a first-come-first-served basis, and are limited to 10 people / trip. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and is physically fit.

Warm regards,
MYCAT Secretariat’s Office

Download the Citizen Action for Tigers brochure at https://goo.gl/Mcj5VX.

on 9 Jan, 16:04

A Day Out With Dolphins & Dolphin Researchers

A Day Out With Dolphins & Dolphin Researchers
Past Event

We are having our first trip of 2018 for a one-day dolphin research experience with the MareCet Team at the end of this month! If you wish to be out at sea in search of the dolphins and experience how dolphin research is being conducted at our project site, email us at to book a spot or enquire for more information! Spaces are limited.

on 9 Jan, 15:20
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Xiwen Yeoh

Infinitus i-Recycle Campaign (Go Green)

i-Recycle Campaign is back!
Together let’s save the earth!!!

Date: 20/1/18 (Saturday)
Time: 9:30a.m.-12:30p.m.
Venue: IOI Boulevard Puchong, Concourse area
Hotline: 03-80791828

*FREE Non-Woven Bag!
Bring your old Non-woven Bag and get a new one for FREE! (maximum 2 bags per person)
*Collect Green points to redeem voucher •

on 9 Jan, 15:18
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Xiwen Yeoh

Green Finance: Energy Security and Sustainable Development

Majority of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The fight against climate change has become a defining feature in energy policy making, but the implications are daunting. Meeting the emission goals pledged by countries under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) would still leave the world 13.7 billion tons of CO2—60% above the level needed to remain on track for just 2ºC warming by 2035.

We can lower emissions by taking the appropriate steps on both the supply and demand side. On the supply side, shifting to cleaner and greener resources, and raising the share of renewable energy resources in the energy basket, could effectively reduce emissions. On the demand side, reducing consumption, and using energy-efficient machines like electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrid cars can improve energy efficiency. Whether applying supply side solutions or demand side solution, green finance is a key issue.

To improve energy security, especially for the developing economies which are more vulnerable to energy price fluctuations, it is also important to diversify the energy basket by minimizing dependence on fossil fuels and increasing alternative green resources, i.e. renewable energy resources. However, renewable energy projects (i.e. solar power plants, wind power generators) and projects for raising energy efficiency require high investment costs. Banks are reluctant to lend to renewable energy projects because from their point of view, these projects are risky. This conference will highlight new and practical methods for financing green energy projects and explore solutions for maintaining energy security for sustainable development.

Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/309654849552618/

on 9 Jan, 15:14

Adopt a Community Park – A Winged-Fruit Trees

Adopt a Community Park – A Winged-Fruit Trees
Past Event

In collaboration with UM’s Department of Development and Estate Maintenance (JPPHB), The Rimba Project would like to invite the campus community, graduating classes, alumni and members of the public to be part of the co-ownership of a community park, located in the heart of the UM Campus. Our dream is to make UM a walk-in educational garden, an urban nature park, where plants and animals coexist harmoniously with humans. The co-ownership of the park will create a sense of belonging and care for the environment and public spaces, and at the same time, the community can take pride in a park that is well-cared for.

This project will manage the planting of a grove of endangered native forest tree species. This area will be a major campus feature, providing many learning opportunities for student project work, academic research, edutourism, and enhance local school and community awareness activities. It will also provide a controlled environment to raise the trees and enhance the habitat for birds, insects and other urban wildlife. Read more: https://www.mystartr.com/projects/rimba

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