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on 23 Jan, 21:54

Divestment Movement: Cutting Ties with the Devils

Divestment Movement: Cutting Ties with the Devils

It’s only the first month of 2018 and we have amazing news for our Earth! New York City has recently sue the Oil Giants – ExxonMobil, Chevron, BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Conoco Phillips on the premise none other than destroying Earth itself. They don’t stop there. The city will also “divest the city’s $189 billion pension fund of an estimated $5 billion invested in fossil fuel companies.” This is seen as a direct answer call to the ongoing global Divestment Movement.

Divest What Now?

“Divestment Movement is the call for public interest institutions to sell whatever financial holdings they have in fossil companies.”, as explained explicitly by environmental writer Naomi Klein. The institutions include colleges, faith organizations, and municipal governments.

The rationale behind this movement is simple. The fossil fuel companies have every intention of pushing the planet beyond its boiling point. Read about how dangerous that is in article Paris Agreement. The profit earned does not serve the community but only to fatten its stockholders’ bank account to obesity. Hence, it makes perfect sense any responsible institutions should stop funding them. The money should reinvest in the renewable energy sector instead.

The movement has gained much traction since its official launch in November 2012. It has since spread from the United States to Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, and Britain. Over 100 cities, states, and religious institutions have answered to the call. NYC is only the latest addition to the party.

With so many victories the movement is winning now, it has no short of critics at its initial stage. The movement itself was argued to be incapable to bankrupt the oil giants. But that was missing the whole point.

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As Sara Blazevic, a divestment organizer at Swarthmore College, puts it, the movement is “taking away the hold that the fossil fuel industry has over our political system by making it socially unacceptable and morally unacceptable to be financing fossil fuel extraction.”

And Cameron Fenton, one of the leaders of the divestment push in Canada, adds, “No one is thinking we’re going to bankrupt fossil fuel companies. But what we can do is bankrupt their reputations and take away their political power.” (Quoted directly from “This Changes Everything” by Naomi Klein)

More crucially, it puts the topic on the table for discussion. People are encouraged to give attention and take their stance on the matter – a situation Malaysia desperately needs. The movement will pave the way for making important legislation. One example is ban on political donations from fossil fuel companies. Or even better – outlaw fossil fuel advertising on mainstream media, much like how Malaysia legally prohibits tobacco advertisement. (What other legislation Malaysia is proud of and ahead of the world? Let me know below!)

The super rich illusion

The divestment movement draw strength from the people, not the super rich. Bill Gates may have expressed concern about climate change. His 1.2 billion USD investment in oil giants BP and ExxonMobil definitely says otherwise (as of December 2013). Gates also repeatedly denounced the reliability and efficiency of current renewable technology. The irony is that same technology he referred to has succeeded in providing 25% percent of Germany’s electricity today. Frankfurt and Munich are even on their way to 100% renewable energy by 2050 and 2025 respectively. Instead, Gates insists on inventing new ‘technology miracles’.

He proposed nuclear reactors in which, coincidentally, he is the major investor and chairman of the nuclear start-up TerraPower; Gates also pushed for machines that suck carbon out of the atmosphere. Again, as if by personal and exclusive blessing from the Lady Luck herself, he happens to be the primary investor in at least one such prototype; How about the direct climate manipulation also championed by him? You guessed it. Gates funded the research to block the sun and patented several hurricane-suppression technologies.

At this point, the super rich looks suspiciously more interested in making money out of global disasters than preventing them. In fact, a lot of people think it that way. After all, it is this realization that gave birth to the Divestment Movement.

What do you think about the divestment movement? Let me know in comment below!

on 23 Jan, 15:46

[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 17 Jan, 11:18

Spring in the City CNY Pop-up Weekend

Spring in the City CNY Pop-up Weekend
Aktiviti lepas
27 Jan - 28 Jan
12:00 - 20:00

Spring in the City CNY Pop-up Weekend

Get yourself prepared for CNY and shop at “SPRING IN THE CITY” CNY pop-up weekend on 27-28 January 2018, 12-8PM.
Featuring brands:
+ Dress Up (fb.com/dressupkl)
+ Unikan Design (fb.com/unikandesign)
+ LuiLui Shoes (fb.com/luiluishoes)
+ Jujumello (fb.com/jujumellointimates)
+ Tokyoninki (fb.com/tokyoninki)
+ Claire Organics (fb.com/claireorganics)開心玩 安心買 快來春节周末市集!
活動當日可以用優惠價,为全家大小入手最时尚的春装,對綠色環境有益的各式商品 如環保手工皂、有机小吃、及各種創意生活雜貨,還有现场演唱、体验我们食堂的无食谱主意、手泡咖啡等。还有一系列大人小孩都愛的活动如陶艺制作、书法工作坊、挥春比赛、舞狮制作等,一起来动手作乐玩转市集吧!

Don’t miss out the great deals by all vendors that will be offering, featuring must-have CNY dress up fashion items for him and for her and for baby, homebaked cookies, ice cream, CNY decorative plants, organic premium free range chicken, art and craft, free soup tasting, art and craft, kefir drinks, collectibles, rattan art, etc, etc, etc!

Co-hosted by @dressupkl and @claireorganics, we bring you fun-filled activities for your family like wheel throwing experience, Chinese brush calligraphy workshop, clay craft making, make your own lion dance and all!
(Pre-register is recommended, email to commune.event@gmail.com)

2pm – 7pm 陶瓷拉胚体验 Wheel Throwing Experience, 15-20 min (RM30/pax)
1pm – 3pm 中文手写体工作坊 Modern Chinese Calligraphy, 2hrs (RM50/pax)
4pm – 6pm 中文手写体工作坊 Modern Chinese Calligraphy, 2hrs (RM50/pax)
4pm – 6pm 龙猫便当粘土工作坊 2hrs (RM60/pax, RM100/2pax)

SUNDAY, 28th
12pm – 2pm 招财猫粘土工作坊 2hrs (RM60/pax , RM100/2pax)
2pm – 4pm 书法挥春工作坊 2hrs (RM20/pax)
4pm – 5pm 挥春比赛 1hr (FREE ENTRY)
1pm – 3pm 中文手写体工作坊 Modern Chinese Calligraphy, 2hrs (RM50/pax)
4pm – 6pm 中文手写体工作坊 Modern Chinese Calligraphy, 2hrs (RM50/pax)
好康:於新春市集當日前往好样市集消费的朋友们, 只要光顾至少6摊就可以到櫃台免費幸运抽奖,保证人人有礼物!!! 送完為止,一人限領一份。


on 10 Jan, 13:50
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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
Aktiviti lepas

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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Infinitus i-Recycle Campaign (Go Green)

Infinitus i-Recycle Campaign (Go Green)
Aktiviti lepas

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 •

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Selamat Datang ke MESYM!
Connecting the green dots

MESYM.com is a crowd-sourced platform and a living database for environmental movements in Malaysia. There are many good actions being done out there. Our goal is to bring them together. We connect the green dots.