10 small habits that will change your life!

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It is time to embrace a world of positivity by starting with these 10 small habits that have a huge return on life.

Forming new habits, especially the beneficial ones, takes time. But. just don’t give in, and keep fighting!

These are the 10 small habits that will help you to change your life, or even transform your life!

1.Exercise regularly

Our body needs physical workout and exercises to stay healthy. There are many benefits of regular exercise. Developing a good exercise routine is a habit that will increase the quality of your life and your health!

2. Read

Bill Gates reads about 50 books per year, which breaks down to one per week. “If you read enough, there’s a similarity between things that make it easy, because this thing is like this other thing,” Bill Gates said. “If you have a broad framework, then you have a place to put everything.” Gates also often recommends books.

The point with reading is to continuous improvement, you are working to improve yourself and broaden your horizon.

3. Have enough of sleep

Accoriding to US Health Department, most adults need 7 or more hours of good-quality sleep on a regular schedule each night.

Getting enough sleep isn’t only about total hours of sleep. It’s also important to get good-quality sleep on a regular schedule so you feel energetic when you wake up.

4. Eat healthy diet

Our body need the right food and nutrient to perform. Learning to eat right and eat a balanced and heatly diet can avoid many health problems in the future.

healthy diet
Make sure you get a balanced diet in your meal plan.

5. Set your daily priorities

Accoridng to Darius Foroux, setting daily priorities is one of the best productivity strategies – the power of FOCUS.

By limiting your options and tasks. Elimination is the key. Be very clear about what you want to achieve every single day, week, and year. Form the habit of focusing on what matters regularly.

Every day, work on 3-4 essential (and small) tasks that will bring you closer to your weekly and yearly goals.

6. Manage your money wisely

Financial planning or finacial education sounds like an alien to you? Go get the financial knowledge course or class to get your finances on track.

Start by saving a porportionate of your income for example 10%. Saving is not about how much. It’s about how often. You can save by cutting out useless things you do daily or weekly. For eg you don’t need to buy a latte in that fancy cafe every day.

7. Practice kindness and love

You can start by performing a random simple act of kindness. Trust me, you’ll feel better about yourself, as well as life in general, when you get into the excellent habit of kindness and love.

8. Be Present

According to Adam Eason, be present.  Find the joy in life.  Center yourselves to ride out the storms when they come, because being present through the storms allows you to be present for the joy, innovation, and peace that follow.

Be Present: How to Be Present and Why It Matters

9. Do something that scares you

This is the best way to build courage and confidence, besides overcome fear. You have to face your fear, so doing something that scares you encourage you to start at small steps. List down your fears and decide on the action that you can take today to overcome those fears.

10. Choose your circle wisely

Our time is limited, so choose your circle wisely. Spend time with like -minded people whom you want to learn from. Like minded people will change the way you think, while giving you advice about how to improve your life or change your life!

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Tokyo’s Olympic medals were made from recycled materials

Japan Olympic medal

Do you still remember the Japan town with zero waste, Kamikatsu?

The Tokyo Olympics 2021

This year 2021, the medalists at the Tokyo Olympic Games are the first ones in the history of the competition to win medals made out of recycled electrical goods, where most of its coming from mobile phones. These highly desired prizes were crafted from more than six million reused mobile phone parts, part of an effort by organizers to make this year’s competition environmentally friendly.

A broader sustainability effort

According to ZME Science, the organizers of the Tokyo Olympics aimed to create a “minimal impact games,” though a series of steps outlined in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games Sustainability Plan. The games are aiming to move “towards zero carbon” by focusing on “maximum energy savings and use of renewable energy,” the plan reads.

Thus, as part of a larger sustainability effort by the organizers in Tokyo to make the Olympics greener, all the medals in Tokyo’s Olympic are made entirely of recycled materials!

Olympische Sommerspiele 2020 | Projekt Medaillen, Recycling Elektronische Geräte

This year’s gold, silver, and bronze Olympic and Paralympic medals were produced from recycled small electronic devices like cell phones.

According to Insider, the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project collected 78,985 tons of electronic devices over the 2 years periods (a national effort!), where they collected 6.21 million cell phones from across Japan to produce the 5,000 Olympic medals that will be awarded in Tokyo.

The gold, silver, and bronze elements of the devices were obtained through smelting, a process that involves heating and melting to extract a base metal.

The bigger picture

Japanese will be the first to have all of the Olympic medals made out of recycled material, however this sustainability concept is not new. In the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 30% of the sterling silver to make the gold and silver medals were obtained from recycled materials such as car parts and mirror surfaces.

With the increasing global heated issue on social progress and environmental stewardship, its hopeful that the Tokyo 2020 Medal Project will set a precedent for the Paris Games in 2024 and the next Olympic Games!

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SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communities

SDG goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. 

And SDG 11 is about sustainable cities and communities.

SDG 11. Sustainable cities and communities

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Targets*

11.1 Ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services and upgrade slums
11.2 Provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport
11.3 Enhance inclusive and sustainable urbanisation and capacity for participatory, integrated and sustainable human settlement planning and management in all countries
11.4 Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage
11.5 Significantly reduce the number of deaths and the number of people affected and substantially decrease the direct economic losses relative to global gross domestic product caused by disasters
11.6 Reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management
11.7 Provide universal access to safe, inclusive and accessible, green and public spaces

Sustainable-city development in Malaysia

Country and Sustainable Cities Overview

Accoridng to Deloitte report, In Malaysia, more than 74% of population lives in cities and over 90% of national economic activity is conducted in cities.

During 2010-2015, the total population grew at an annual rate of more than 1.8 % per annum where urban growth was around 2.66 %. It is predicted that urbanization will further outpace population growth so that by 2030 about 82% of the population will live in urban areas.

Challenges in Malaysia

Malaysia are also faced with numerous climate change challenges that threaten the ability of these urban areas to become viable pillars of sustainable development.

The rapid increase in GHG emissions in cities has been further aggravated by:

  • rapid urbanization and industrialization (7% per annum),
  • relatively high carbon intensity dependence on fossil fuels and coal, and
  • poor public transportation system and
  • high demand of mobility caused rapid increase of cars compared to population growth.

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The Sustainable City in Dubai

Sustainability

The Sustainable City is a 46-hectare property development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. This Sustainabile City is the first operational Net Zero Energy city in Dubai, modeled to become an international showcase for high quality sustainable living. Looking for sustainable lifetysle in Malaysia? Click here to know more!

This Sustainable City is situated on the Al Qudra Road, it is the first net-zero energy development in the Emirate of Dubai.

Let’s look at the video below!

The Sustainable City takes a three-tiered approach: Social, Environmental and Economic. (Triple Bottom line!)

According to National Geographic, Dubai is The World’s Most Improbable Green City.

  • Social

Social sustainability is achieved through an abundance of amenities and community outreach programs.

  • Environment

Environmental sustainability is maintained through passive and active design strategies, as well as strategic partnerships with an individual focus on each element of sustainability.

  • Economic

Economic sustainability is facilitated by taking advantage of operational efficiencies and passing on the savings to our residents, in addition to various offerings designed to give back to our community.

At the end of the day, sustainability means caring for the Planet, the environment, the People and ultimately Caring Yourself!

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Comparison between current economic model, green economy model and ecological economic model

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The basic characteristics of the current economic model, the green economy model, and the ecological economics model. Looking for sustainable lifetysle in Malaysia? Click here to know more!

Current Economic Model Green Economy Model Ecological Economics Model
Primary Policy Goals More: Economic growth

in the conventional sense,

as measured by GDP.

The assumption is that

growth will ultimately

allow the solution of all

other problems. More is

always better.

More but with lower

environmental impact:

GDP growth

decoupled from

carbon and from other

material and energy

impacts.

Better: Focus must shift from

merely growth to “development”

in the real sense of improvement

in sustainable human well-being,

recognizing that growth has

significant negative by-products.

Primary measure

of progress

 

GDP Still GDP, but

recognizing impacts

on natural capital.

 

Index of Sustainable Economic

Welfare (ISEW), Genuine Progress

Indicator (GPI), or other

improved measures of real welfare.

Scale/carrying

capacity/role of

environment

 

Not an issue, since

markets are assumed to

be able to overcome any

resource limits via new

technology, and

substitutes for resources

are always available.

 

Recognized, but

assumed to be solvable

via decoupling.

 

A primary concern as a

determinant of ecological

sustainability. Natural capital and

ecosystem services are not

infinitely substitutable and real

limits exist.

Principles of

governance

 

Laissez-faire market

capitalism.

 

Recognition of the

need for government.

 

Lisbon principles of sustainable

governance.

Economic

efficiency/

allocation

The primary concern,

but generally including

only marketed goods and

services (GDP) and

market institutions.

Recognized to

include natural capital

and the need to

incorporate the value

of natural capital into

market incentives.

A primary concern, but including

both market and nonmarket

goods and services, and effects.

Emphasis on the need to

incorporate the value of natural

and social capital to achieve true

allocative efficiency.

Source: Adapted from Costanza et al. (2014a).

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The 4 pillars of sustainability that you need to know

Sustainability pillars

Sustainability is often stops at just a concept that is good to know, but it would also be better if we could apply in our daily life, and not just knowing it.😁

Today we will be introducing the four pillars of sustainability: Human, Social, Economic and Environmental.

Human sustainability

Human sustainability aims to maintain and improve the human capital in society. On top of that, human sustainability is related the development of skills and human capacity.  Human sustainability support the functions and sustainability of the organization and to promote the wellbeing of communities and society.

Thus, investments in the health and education systems, access to services, nutrition, knowledge and skills are the examples of human sustainability.

Social sustainability

Social sustainability aims to preserve social capital by investing and creating services to our society. This concept includes a larger view of the world  which is related to communities, cultures and globalization.

This is to acknowledge what we do can have an impact on future generation, others and on the world. Social sustainability focuses on maintaining and improving social quality with concepts such as cohesion, reciprocity and honesty and the importance of relationships amongst people.

Economic sustainability

Economic sustainability aims to improve the standard of living. This refers to the efficient use of assets to maintain company profitability over time to businesses.

Environmental sustainability

Environmental sustainability aims to improve human welfare through the protection of natural capital.

Sorce: Futurelearn

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Reformist vs Transformational approach: Sustainable world

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What is the difference between Reformist vs Transformational approach?

Let’s see the comparison between reformist and transformational approach to sustainable world as below:

Reformism

Reformism, is assessed in terms of:

(a) PAT

How to assess PAT?

Ecological Footprint Analysis (Footprint Analysis) in conjunction with PAT identity (PAT representing humanity’s ecological impact (I) as a function of population (P), consumption/production per capita (A), and technologies used in the consumption/production process (T)), and

(b) Sustainable development

Next, some of the key strategies advocated by business by which this sector proposes it can make a contribution to a sustainable world, namely maximisation of renewable natural resource productivity, efficiency of resource use in production, and the uptake of more environmentally friendly production and consumption practices.

Thus, Reformist goal of continued human development or, more commonly, sustainable development (The dominant socio-economic system is that of an economic growth model encompassing free trade, globalisation, a key role for multi-national corporations.

Also, Reformism focus on technological advance, and human wellbeing progressed through increased personal income and consumption.

Transformational

On the other hand, the Transformational approach sees the current dominant socio-economic system as a root cause of current unsustainable behaviours and, to progress a sustainable world, transformational change is needed.

Key features of this approach include:

(a) human wellbeing as best progressed through consumptive sufficiency and a focus on wellbeing through life experiences,

(b) continued consumptive growth as unsustainable and a primary cause of both ecological problems and poverty,

(c) poverty as best resolved through resource reallocation not more global-level resource-throughput growth, with a key role for the rich, to stop the exploitation of resources from the politically and economically weak, and

(d) constraints placed on use of the Earth’s natural resources such that it remains within ecosystem limits.

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Sustainable world: are we there yet?

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The need for humanity to live in a sustainable world, has roots that date back thousands of years due to “human-made” environmental damage.

Despite this, humanity is not living sustainably.

Persistent poverty, the inequality of the rich and the poor, deterioration of global warming, exhaustive use of the Earth’s resources has caused the Earth’s ecosystem worsening.

Why? Our discussion here will be on the 2 main sustainable world approaches.

2 main Sustainable World approaches

  • Reformist
  • Transformational

The two main sustainable world approaches: a Reformist approach, which is consistent with mainstream sustainable development, and a Transformational approach.

What it means for businesses to contribute to a sustainable world is then considered in terms of the sustaining corporation.

 

What is Sustainable business?

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What does it mean for a business to contribute to a sustainable world?

How to be a sustainable business?

Both the reformist and transformational sustainable world approaches see the business sector as a (or the) major cause of ecological harms at local, regional and global scales. As a result of that, this sector needs to play a key role in solving these problems.

The actions to take to progress towards sustainable world outcome, including:

  • reducing pollution,
  • increasing efficiency of resource use,
  • investing in new ‘cleaner’ technologies,
  • redesigning and re-engineering products and services to make them more environmentally friendly,
  • engaging with various social actors to improve firm performance in meeting social expectations,
  • transferring modern technologies to poorer nations, and so on

The sustainable business highlights 2 main ways:

  1. The focus is on the business itself
  2. The focus of the well-being + justice sustainable world principle

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