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Simple and inexpensive ways to go green
by Nur Khairah Alegria Suner

Going green does not necessarily have to cost you a fortune. It can start with a simple gesture like turning off the lights and air-conditioner when they are not in use. According to Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) executive director Anthony Tan Kee Huat, not all green initiatives or technologies are costly.

“One of the most powerful tools are our fingers. With our fingers, we have the power to switch off the lights or any electrical appliances not being used. “It does not cost anything. In fact, you gain more by saving and cutting your electricity bills,” Tan told FMT after attending the European Climate Diplomacy Week forum at Taylor’s University yesterday.

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Maintenance key to addressing environmental issues, says activist
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Speaking at the launch of his book Memoirs of a Malaysian Eco-Activist, the Penang-born activist said Malaysians were very good at constructing new things, but terrible at keeping them maintained. “Everyone thinks planting trees is great. But they forget that trees have to be maintained.

On the future of the nation’s environment, Gurmit Singh said he hoped the new generation would be more environmentally conscious. “My hope is that more young people will get involved with environmental issues, but with their eyes open. “If you go back and look at the new generation, they like instant results. “But environmental issues cannot have instant results. You have to look at the long-term,” he said.

Present at the launch was World Islamic Economic Forum chairman and former deputy prime minister Tun Musa Hitam. Describing their relationship as one of “constructive engagement”, Musa commended Gurmit Singh’s spirit of always speaking up fearlessly for the environment while keeping himself free of political influence.

“You (Gurmit Singh) trained me during the course of my leadership, up to the number two in the country, to be able to tolerate and appreciate feedback in the roughest way possible, the rougher the better,” Musa said in his speech. “We need more people like him in the political and social system,” he said.

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Nurturing green living among urban folk

ORGANIC is the way to go when it comes to living the ultimate green and healthy lifestyle that will make for a cleaner and safer environment.

This health-conscious lifestyle is in line with the launch of the 21st edition of Organic Day, an event organised by Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) and supported by Federal Hotels International, Bukit Bintang Event Spaces, Plaza Low Yat, BBpark and Wellness Concept.

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Protecting the planet we call home

In school, I was an active scout and my interest in the environment grew from there. In 1974, I helped to set up the Environmental Protection Society of Malaysia and the group of us did a study of Klang River’s pollution level by collecting its water and testing the samples in a friend’s lab.

Read more: Protecting the planet we call home


Soiled diapers stuck in landfills

Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) executive director Anthony Tan said the disposable diapers retain moisture and attracts more moisture at the landfill.

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Keeping cool can make you sweat

The real culprit in such cases, said Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (Cetdem) executive director Anthony Tan, is improper drainage and poorly planned and managed urban development.

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    NGO gesa polisterin dilarang di semua negeri

Dari sudut lain, Pengerusi Pusat Alam Sekitar, Teknologi dan Pembangunan Malaysia (CETDEM), Gurmit Singh berkata pihak berkaitan misalnya penjual makanan dan pemilik restoran jangan mengambil kesempatan mengenakan harga lebih tinggi dengan penggantian bekas makanan jenis lain.

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    Product packaging a big contributor to landfills, says expert

Centre for Environment, Technology and Development, Malaysia (CETDEM) Anthony Tan said waste separation was the key for a cleaner environment.

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    Stop bauxite mining activities in Pahang: activists

Meanwhile, seasoned environmentalist Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (CETDEM) chairman Gurmit Singh said bauxite processing should have been done the right and proper way.

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    Activists call for end to bauxite activities in Pahang

Meanwhile, seasoned environmentalist Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia (CETDEM) chairman Gurmit Singh said bauxite processing should have been done the right and proper way.

Read more: Activists call for end to bauxite activities in Pahang


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