Dec. 22, 2020

Connecting with Malaysia

Connecting with Malaysia

In The Sustainable Hour no 346 on 23 December 2020, we depart from our usual format, as all of our guests come from the one overseas country. They are all very involved in environmental and climate campaigns in Malaysia.

Khoo Shama is a long time social justice and environmental campaigner based in Penang. She writes and publishes environmental books.  We hear what campaigns she is currently working on – this mainly revolves around land reclamation projects in Penang. These will destroy the fishing grounds of hundreds of traditional fishers in that area. This, so more residential units can be built – units the average Malaysian can’t afford. You can find out more about Khoo’s work at: Climate Change Solutions | JEDI Network for Ecology and Climate.

Indigenous Malaysian artist and activist Shaq Korok is a passionate defender of his people’s rights – his whole life is dedicated to improving the way his people are treated. He is a trainer in a South-Pacific Indigenour group called Savage Club. We learn how he feels that his education has given him a responsibility to do this important work. Shaq has a strong connection with Climate Action Malaysia – KAMY.

Nadiah Dzulfakar is KAMY’s co-founder. Their planned activities have been restricted by Covid-19, but like many other determined youth groups working the world over for a better world, they have persisted and consequently grown in numbers. They have also connected with youth climate groups from all over South East Asia – these are becoming a force to be reckoned with both within their countries and collectively. You can find out more about KAMY at www.klimaactionmalaysia.org

Thary Gazi Goh is a nature educator and urban naturalist. His current interests are the novel ecosystems that humans create, how to make urban areas more liveable for Malaysians and discover wildlife in the city. You can find out more about his work at Urban Biodiversity Initiative (UBI).

Colin Mockett‘s Global Outlook starts with very concerning news which has just come out of the Wiseman Institute in Israel – It compares  what humans have made to nature’s creations and the consequences of this.For the rest of today’s outlook he takes us to places that he highlighted during the year for environmental destruction/accidents and gives their current status. We revisit the  disastrous diesel oil spill at Norilsk in Russia, the devastating fires in the United States & the oil spill from a Japanese ship that ran aground in Mauritius.

A very different Sustainable Hour for our second-last podcast of the year. If you found this interesting, please let us know. In these days of ‘Zoom enlightenment’, it is so much easier to organise international content for future shows. Let us know if this is something you’d like us to pursue in the future.

2020 became the year where we transitioned from a local radio show to a national and international podcast via the magic of Zoom. We wish everyone a very sustainable Christmas where you tread as lightly as possible on our more and more fragile existence. Until next Wednesday, we hope that you enjoy our podcast as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you. As always, Live the difference.


“Our existence is systematically ignore. They try to deny our existence. Our history has never been taught in schools, so the majority of Malaysians have no knowledge of our culture. I cannot just blame the system, I need to change it … I need to take the lead to show them what it is and tell the truth about our people.”
~ Shaq Korok, Indigenous Malaysian artist and climate activist


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Acknowledgement

We at The Sustainable Hour would like to pay our respect to the traditional custodians of the land on which we are broadcasting, the Wathaurong People, and pay our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

The traditional owners lived in harmony with the land. They nurtured it and thrived in often harsh conditions for millenia before they were invaded. Their land was then stolen from them – it wasn’t ceeded. It is becoming more and more obvious that, if we are to survive the climate emergency we are facing, we have much to learn from their land management practices.

Our battle for climate justice won’t be won until our First Nations brothers and sisters have their true justice. When we talk about the future, it means extending our respect to those children not yet born, the generations of the future – remembering the old saying that…

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.”

The decisions currently being made around Australia to ignore climate change are being made by those who won’t be around by the time the worst effects hit home. How utterly disgusting, disrespectful and unfair is that?



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Events we have talked about in The Sustainable Hour

Events in Victoria

The following is a collation of Victorian climate change events, activities, seminars, exhibitions, meetings and protests. Most are free, many ask for RSVP (which lets the organising group know how many to expect), some ask for donations to cover expenses, and a few require registration and fees. This calendar is provided as a free service by volunteers of the Victorian Climate Action Network. Information is as accurate as possible, but changes may occur.

Petitions

List of petitions where you could add your name

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The Sustainable Hour is normally streamed live on the Internet every Wednesday from 11am to 12pm (Melbourne time), but due to the corona lockdown, the radio station has been closed.

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