Category: Environmental Governance
Wildlife matters too
Most disturbing news this week: 1. Australian fires: An estimated 480 million animals dead (that’s close to HALF A BILLION). 2. Krefeld zoo fire: Fire in primate enclosure, killing most, thanks to rogue New Year lanterns. How’s your week going?
Climate Crisis: Is the Greta effect enough?
Within a span of a year, Greta Thunberg’s weekly lone ranger act of skipping school to stage a climate strike outside the Swedish parliament has spread globally into what is known as the Fridays for Future movement. Despite being at the tender age of 16 and diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Greta’s display of her commitment…
Refusing a Culture of Convenient Consumption
Some thoughts on #consumption trends in #Singapore. Written for the Association of Muslim Professionals’ monthly magazine. Timely given the fact that #EarthOvershootDay was last week. (Singapore’s Earth Overshoot Day was apparently in April, hence suggesting that the country is consuming more than the global average!). Online version of the article can be read here.
Environmental Awareness: Alternative Strategies Beyond Symbolism
Beyond symbolic “feel good” environmental activities, there is much to learn and build on crises and traditional/cultural practices In this piece, I argued that what is lacking from existing environmental awareness campaigns, is the sustained experiential awareness of resource scarcity. In the case of Singapore, given the fact that majority of residents start from a…
Raising environmental awareness amongst Muslims
On 13 May 2011, I was featured in Singapore’s Malay Newspaper – Berita Harian – for my research and advocacy work on faith-based environmentalism. In the interview, I noted how countries in the Muslim World largely fall into at least one of three categories in relation to climate change. Victims of climate change: Countries such…
The Doritos-Palm Oil Nexus. Whut?!
When I saw this video (below), I was like “Dayummmmm..” I mean what’s a party without a bowl of Doritos? That convenient [read: LAZY] option to just grab from the store to entertain guests or bring to a pot luck gathering. The solution: Just gotta be a bit more creative and try healthier options then……
Nuclear Energy in SEA: Public Engagement Before Policies
Three Years after the Fukushima Nuclear disaster several Southeast Asian governments have revived their nuclear plans, with Vietnam leading the way for six nuclear plants. The moves have been galvanised by Japan’s U-turn to retain nuclear energy after initially wanting to phase out nuclear power plants after the 3-11 disaster. Like it or not, the…
Faith and Nature Book Launch and Interfaith Discussion
On 8 February 2014, Young AMP launched ‘Faith and Nature: An Eco-Guide to Greening Faith Communities’ in a bid to enhance environmental awareness and action amongst faith-based communities and organisations in Singapore. This publication was jointly authored by Sofiah Jamil, member of the Board of Management of Young AMP who champions Project ME: Muslims and…
Launch of the Faith & Nature Eco-Guide!
If you’re in Singapore on the 8 February 2014, do come for the Launch of Faith & Nature: An Eco-Guide to Greening Faith Communities. This eco-guide is a must have to equip faith and community organisations with the necessary tools on how to operationalise environmental ethics and principles. The event will also have an inter-faith…
FiTree’s First Green Iftar
It was barely a couple of weeks ago when I first heard about FiTree and their plans to organise a couple of Green Iftars during the month of Ramadan — on the 15th and 27th July 2013. “OH YES!!! Finally, more Singapore Muslims are actively thinking and doing their bit for the environment.” Green Iftars…