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on 1 Oct, 21:24

MESYM Documentary Night #37: “We come as friends”

MESYM Documentary Night #37: “We come as friends”
Past Event
11 Oct
20:00 - 22:30
Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok

MESYM’s Documentary Night is held every 2nd Tuesday of each month. Everyone is invited to come hang out, watch a documentary, meet like-minded friends and take part in the discussion. Admission is free!

For our October event we will watch We come as friends, a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old ‘civilizing’ pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

Join the event on our Facebook group.

About “We come as friends”

If “history does not repeat itself, but rhymes”, WE COME AS FRIENDS bares witness to this disquieting reality – it is a complex, profound and humorous cinematic endeavor – a tale of very old and rather sinister verses.

WE COME AS FRIENDS is a modern odyssey, a dizzying, science fiction-like journey into the heart of Africa. At the moment when the Sudan, the continent’s biggest country, is being divided into two nations, an old ‘civilizing’ pathology re-emerges – that of colonialism, clash of empires, and yet new episodes of bloody (and holy) wars over land and resources.

The director of DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE takes us on this voyage in his tiny, self-made flying machine out of tin and canvas, he leads us into most improbable locations and into people’s thoughts and dreams, in both stunning and heartbreaking ways. Chinese oil workers, UN peacekeepers, Sudanese warlords, and American evangelists ironically weave common ground in this documentary.

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on 29 Sep, 11:31

#PowerShiftMsia 2014

#PowerShiftMsia 2014
Past Event
16 Oct - 19 Oct
All Day
No location

WE ARE BACK!!! 

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#PowerShiftMsia is a 3 day workshop/ fun packed gathering of awesome nature loving, climate justice seeking individuals, organized by 350.org Malaysia and aims to equip its participants with the rights tools to seek climate justice in Malaysia. 

#PowerShiftMsia 2014 will see 100 youths from all over Malaysia coming together for a 3 ­day workshop to build up climate change knowledge and learn how to run successful campaigns, with a target outcome of developing impactful campaigns.

WHAT: A kickstarter workshop for highly motivated youth participants to:

1. Learn about what Malaysia is doing about climate change

2. Learn about youth climate movements from around the world

3. Meet local groups and learn from their campaigning experience

4. Find out how to be part of a global effort

5. Learn how to design and realize their own project, aligned to international goals.
WHERE and WHEN: CEMACS/USM Research Centre, Penang National Park. 16th and 19th Oct, 2014

 

WHO: 100 participants among the registrants, selected based on their commitment to be involved in projects and ready to take action.

To join the camp, participants must be between 18 and 30 years old. They must have basic knowledge and passion for the environment and climate change.

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KEEN TO JOIN? Sign up forms are available at http://world.350.org/malaysia/sign-up/

For More Information:

Website: http://world.350.org/malaysia

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/350msia

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544561069093278/?ref=22

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 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.

on 8 Oct, 10:51

Bridges of Goodwill And Sustainability

As a keen enthusiast to all things legitimately sustainable, I choose to see the beauty and positivity of our society amidst the intensity of climate change. This beauty can be found in the littlest of details, from the homeless man on the street who carefully picks out recyclables in the hopes of making a couple of dollars, the kid who’s learning to compost his organic wastes in the garden, to the politician who chooses a brighter future for his children and his nation over the millions of dollars he could make today.

Our country may be faulty in many ways as is with many other developing nations, but its people  carry on fighting for what they truly believe in and these people continue to give us hope for a better future. The following story, written by Jeremy Cheong, is a simple story of one woman’s mission towards sustainability through empowerment, social growth, unity and education.

With A Dash Of Magic
by Jeremy Cheong

It may be true that men shape the world with their hands but at the end of the day, it is up to women to refine it; to smoothen the rough edges, to add in intricate details and meticulous designs. Women are now seen as equals to men but the truth is, they have always been. Throughout the test of time and history, there have been a countless number of incredible women and in our very own lives, we would have met and even spent our days with them. Grandmothers, mothers, aunts, sisters and daughters, these women help shape us into who we are.

While it may seem like men are usually the ones at the frontlines making a difference, there are actually many women in the background making even greater strides when it comes to changing how a society works and thinks. Take for example, Puan Fuzi Hanim, founder of Fuzimagic, a program that aims to inspire children and volunteers to be assets to the nation and blessings to the world.

Puan Fuzi was raised by a single mother, the late Puan Siti Hawa Zain, a broadcaster in the 1950s who prepared her kids including Puan Fuzi for life in the 21st century. Puan Siti taught her children values such as respect, tolerance and accepting differences until differences made no difference anymore. Subsequently, these values are the very same ones, which Puan Fuzi taught her kids, grandchildren and now students.

She spent much of her early working years in the Building & Construction Industry and there she learned to jump out of her comfort zone as she had to deal with pre-conceived ideas of race, gender, age and etc. Although she already had her hands full with building houses, her grand design was to Build Bridges of Goodwill with anyone and everyone. It wasn’t a physical bridge but it was bridge that could still be felt by all. Bridges of goodwill opens the door to a million positive possibilities and by the merging of goodwill and environmental awareness, the future of our children will be well taken care of.

The Goodwill Ambassador

Willa – The Goodwill Ambassador

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Wizz – The Green Ambassador

Inspired by her grandchildren, Puan Fuzi then decided to create her very own story and this was where she came up with the planet Glolan, which glowed in the dark. This comic book story then developed further during her tour in Europe as she gained even more inspiration from her friends’ children in the Netherlands, UK and Germany. These kids loved Puan Fuzi’s comic and this spurred her to continue doing so. It took her 6 years of research and development and since March 2012, the concept of her Student Development Program has been implemented in places such as Rumah Hope, Paramount Garden, SUCI Rohani, Bandar Utama.

Fuzimagic also plays its part to instil and nurture the love of nature into the hearts and minds of children. Her storyline took a slight turn in 2009 as she dealing with sales of Green solutions. With the state Mother Nature is in these days, she decided to drive the Green agenda to these future politicians, captains of industries, teachers and parents so that we may all live in a Green Zone in the near future.

Kids all over Malaysia are already in love with Puan Fuzi’s comics and all it takes is a little gentle persuading magic and they are willing to do what the comic teaches them. With the help of Wizz, the Green Mascot of Fuzimagic, these young green ambassadors learn how to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle their toys and books and also play their part by keeping the environment clean and learning the importance of saving electricity and water.

However, it isn’t just about the kids as the program has also inspired many parents from the public programs with LARA’S Place and the Subang Jaya Book Exchange community are now involved in collecting toys and books to be given away to orphanages and children homes. Parents are also more than happy to accompany their children on the Goodwill Visits to orphanages.

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She may be starting from square one but Puan Fuzi believes that although the process may be a long one, the impact will definitely be great. Many children do not know about the 3 Rs, so this green mentality has to be instilled NOW! Fuzimagic has not gone unnoticed as they are already in the midst of an upcoming Green Room project with SMK Sentul Utama where a classroom will be transformed into a green room for activities. This room will expose students to greening efforts such as reused materials (incorporating student initiatives), energy efficient lighting designs, low-VOC paints, a comfortable indoor air-quality where greenery plays a key role, and many other sustainability efforts. If all goes well, Puan Fuzi even plans to include a Spice Garden to the program.

In the long run, Puan Fuzi hopes to collaborate with environmental NGO’s and to make her program into a national exercise to develop students of all ages. If you hope to be a part of this inspiring and magical journey with Fuzimagic, do feel free to write to Puan Fuzi Hanim at  fuzhanim@yahoo.com

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