Animal Welfare as an Environmental Issue

Well, it seems I have had a bit of free time, as bureaucratic practices conspired to put a comma on my plans for a three-week research trip to Lahad Datu. Therefore, I did some rescheduling of some appointments so that I could attend an SPCA KK meeting at the DBKK building in Kota Kinabalu on Saturday evening.

The issues of strays in Sabah is not an issue most people would concern themselves with, preferring to ignore the existence of the multitude of dogs and cats that roam the streets throughout Sabah.

Some of you who are reading this would probably wonder as well, why should an environmental group concern itself with animal welfare issues? The discussion after the jump.

Full discussion follows

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KK Reef Watch’s Environmental Stewardship Programme Report

Yesterday, on the first Monday after the official end of the examination week, and more than 25 hours after my Diplôme d’étude en langue française, KK Reef Watch organized an environmental stewardship programme for students at the secluded ODEC beach in UMS.

Details after the jump!

KK Reef Watch Environmental Stewardship Programmme

Date

23rd November 2009

Time

3pm to 7.30p.m.

Venue

ODEC, UMS

KK Reef Watch is extending an invitation to all environmentalists to join them for an introductory environmental stewardship programme on the 23rd of November 2009.

Here is a list of what you can expect:

  • a barbeque party;
  • a beach clean-up;
  • a presentation on “Marine Conservation Efforts in Sabah”;
  • and a games and talent show.

The fee is RM10, and those who wish to come may submit their payment to Puan Siti Rahma or Puan Zarinah Waheed at the Institut Penyelidikan Marin Borneo.

Alternatively, you can dial the following numbers if you have further enquiries:
017-8991774
013-8638323

After speaking with Sofia from KK Reef Watch, I am pleased to announce that Greenpulse has gained another helpful partner in our environmental movement.

KK Reef Watch are willing to provide training in trash classification of beach debris – meaning any beach clean-up organized by Greenpulse will, just like the trash sampling we have carried out, generate data that can be analysed and utilised.

KK Reef Watch may also help arrange other cool activities for Greenpulse members such as whale shark watching, sea turtle tracking, and coral reef diving.

Makes you think it’s a good time to be alive, doesn’t it?

Trash Sampling: Final Report.

The Orange Keyboard
The winner of the most unique item students throw away.

The following report was written by Pang See Ming, the director of UMS Greenpulse’s recycling project. This report was first sent to me sometime at the beginning of my exams, so I have been dragging my feet over editing it (Please don’t fire me, I have one mouth to feed) until now.

Full report after the jump!

CAP Wants Ban on Bottled Water

Just a quick update in between papers.

Fern, a member of UMS Greenpulse sends news about a recent statement by the Consumer Association of Penang (CAP) president, S.M. Mohamed Idris, who wants a ban on bottled water.

I suppose just to be on the safe side while the government considers his opinion, S.M. further adds: “Consumers should not refill the plastic bottle with tap water.” Studies have shown chemicals leaching into the water when the bottles are reused. Furthermore, studies have also shown that antimony, a toxic material used in the making of bottled water, may leach into the water even before the consumer has yet to touch the bottle.

Apparently, the longer you keep bottled water, the more toxic it becomes. It’s like wine, except in reverse.

The full article is available on The Star.

How many University Students in Malaysia are Aware of Environmental Issues and Act?

Something made me think about this issue. I wonder how many university students are aware of environmental issues?

Through my personal experience, most of them place more focus upon their studies (which is natural, since it is the purpose for coming to university). Unfortunately, they tend to generate a lot of waste during their time here.

Throwing away recyclable plastics, using a lot of paper for their assignments, disposing aluminium cans and so on. I wonder, should university students have a higher awareness than the public regarding environmental issues? Should they start the movement to the publicize some environmental friendly issues like recycling?

For now at least, they spend more on material goods and generate more waste. This makes me feel weird.

Thankfully, a very small but dedicated portion of university students are actually aware of environmental issues and have decided to respond to it by doing things such as reducing the use of plastic bags. This has made me less disappointed about university students today.

So, what is your opinion? Let us discuss and exchange some ideas.

The Recent Hype in Malaysia: Green Buildings

Citigroup Data Center in Frankfurt

Citigroups’s Data Centre in Frankfurt, Germany. It has been awarded the LEED Platinum rating, the highest possible rating in the LEED program. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

In recent years, Malaysia has been inching towards a greener mindset. There is now a much greater sense of environmental awareness than ever before in the country, though I must admit that it is still at a very humble level if compared to countries like Denmark, Germany, or Japan. In any case, there has been progress over the years and recently the hype is about green buildings. Inspired by green building rating tools such as UK’s BREEAM, USA’s LEED, Japan’s CASBEE, Australia’s GREENSTAR, and Singapore’s GREEN MARK, to name a few, Malaysia introduced its very own Green Building Index (GBI) in early 2009. GBI was jointly developed by the Malaysian Institute of Architects (PAM) and the Association of Consulting Engineers Malaysia (ACEM).

– More details and pics here!!!>