Green and Sustainable development in Malaysia

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Definition on sustainable/green development

Green Technology is defined as the development and application of products, equipment and systems used to
conserve the natural environment and resources, which minimises and reduces the negative impact of human activities.

Therefore sustainable development is the development that uses green technology or prioritise green technology. In Malaysia,  Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is an agency of the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) mandated to drive the country in the scope of Green Growth, Climate Change Mitigation and Green Lifestyle in Malaysia.

MGTC performs three (3) roles as follows:

  1. Mainstreaming the Green Economy through green product and service expansion programs such as the MyHIJAU Mark Certification Program. The Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) & Green Technology Investment Tax Exemption (GITE) as well as training and human capital development schemes.
  2. Drive climate change mitigation actions such as advocacy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, low carbon urban programs and low carbon mobility
  3. Cultivate a green lifestyle through publicity and awareness programs in fostering cooperation between the government and private sectors in the global-scale platform such as International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) program and other public programs physically or through social media.

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The future of Green technology in Malaysia

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According to MPDI, sustainable development means less environmental damage and is driven by comprehensive and all-encompassing policies, in national and international level to take into account the needs of future generations. Among these policies, several suggest employing green technologies.

Green technology defined

The definition from Investopedia, Green technology or the short form as green tech refers to a type of technology that is considered environmentally friendly based on its production process or its supply chain.

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Green technology can refer to clean energy production; clean energy production is the use of alternative fuels and technologies that do less damage to the environment than fossil fuels.

Green Technology is used to describe the use of technology and science to create products and services that are environmentally friendly. Green tech is related to cleantech, which specifically refers to products or services that improve operational performance while also reducing costs, energy consumption, waste, or negative effects on the environment.

The goal of green tech is to protect the environment, repair damage done to the environment in the past, conserve natural resources and preserve the natural resources.

The use of green tech can be a stated goal of a business segment or a company. These goals are typically outlined in a company’s environmental, sustainability, and governance (ESG) statement, or can even be found in the mission statement of a firm. Increasingly, socially responsible investors are looking to narrow down their prospective investments to only include companies that specifically employ or produce green technologies.

Examples of Green Technology

  • Recycling

Green technology is used in the recycling process. Recyclable material can be used when manufacturing plastics, fertilizer, and fuel. Green technology can also be a part of the production process, such as processes to recycle water or related to waste management.

  • Clean Water 

Green tech is used to purify the water resources. In some places where there are scarce water resources, green technologies can be applied to purify dirty water or remove salt from seawater in order to increase the availability of clean drinking water.

  • Clean Air

Green tech is used in processes that purify the air by reducing carbon emissions and gases that are released into the air.

  • Energy 

Green tech can be used in processes intended to conserve energy, and to create alternative fuel sources that are more environmentally friendly than fossil fuels. Fossil fuels create waste as a byproduct of their production. For example, solar, wind, and hydroelectric dams are green technology that are safer for the environment and don’t produce waste by-products. Besides the environmental benefits, these alternatives can also be used to power a home or a utility power plant.

Green technology in Malaysia

According to The Edge Market, “In 2015, Malaysia agreed to cut 45% of GHG emissions by 2030 in the Paris Agreement. The awareness about the problem is present and more players are participating in the industry now,” says Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) CEO.

Overview of MGTC

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is an agency of the Ministry of Environment and Water (KASA) mandated to drive the country in the scope of Green Growth, Climate Change Mitigation and Green Lifestyle.

Three national policies, particularly the National Green Technology Policy (NGTP), the National Climate Change Policy (NCCP) and the Green Technology Master Plan (GTMP), regulated MGTC’s role as a catalyst for green economic growth.

MGTC implements initiatives and programs that provide specific details in achieving the long -term impact of the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) to reduce the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions by 45% based on Gross Domestic Product (GDP) compared to the intensity of emissions in 2005 by 2030, increasing the rate GDP from green technology of RM100 Billion and the generation of 230,000 green jobs.

MGTC performs 3 roles as follows:

  1. Mainstreaming the Green Economy through green product and service expansion programs such as the MyHIJAU Mark Certification Program. The Green Technology Financing Scheme (GTFS) & Green Technology Investment Tax Exemption (GITE) as well as training and human capital development schemes.
  2. Drive climate change mitigation actions such as advocacy for energy efficiency and renewable energy, low carbon urban programs and low carbon mobility
  3. Cultivate a green lifestyle through publicity and awareness programs in fostering cooperation between the government and private sectors in the global-scale platform such as International Greentech and Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM) program and other public programs physically or through social media.

Source from MGTC

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Malaysia Smart City, what and how?

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Smart Cities Malaysia by Privacy Shield Framework mentioned that it is an important initiative that incorporates various leading industry sectors (e.g. ICT, GreenTech, Smart Grid, Transportation, Infrastructure) and touches on key policy issues (e.g. 5G, cybersecurity, renewable energy) currently being discussed in the private and public sectors.

The 3 main pillars of Smart Cities are:

Smart & Sustainable  Solutions

  • Clean environment
  • Environmental protection
  • Green development
  • Green infrastructure
  • Green economy

Smart Planning

  • Economic growth and value creation
  • Innovative economic growth
  • Equitable wealth distribution
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Public participation
  • Efficient public and social services
  • Private public partnership
  • Transparent governance

Smart Infrastucture & Technologies

  • Efficient road accessibility
  • Efficient public transportation
  • Non motorized accessibility
  • Availability of ICT infrastructure
  • Economic growth and value creation
  • Innovative economic growth
  • Equitable wealth distribution
  • Entrepreneurship

While the concept of a Smart City is fundamentally related to technology, according to KPKT, the outcomes it achieves can alleviate urban challenges and lead to more sustainable and liveable places.

History of Smart Cities

The 1st Generation > Technology

The concept of smart cities began as far back as the 1960s and 1970s when the US Community Analysis Bureau began using databases, aerial photography and cluster analysis to collect data, direct resources and issue reports in order to direct services, mitigate against disasters and reduce poverty. This led to the first generation of smart cities.

The 2nd Generation > Technology + Innovation

The first generation of smart city was delivered by technology providers to “understand” the implications of technology on daily life. Then, this led to the second generation of smart city, which looked at how smart technologies and other innovations could create joined-up municipal solutions.

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Malaysian cities are developing responses to urban needs and challenges.

The 3rd Generation > Public and social inclusion

The third generation of smart city took the control away from technology providers and city leaders, instead creating a model that involved the public and introduce social inclusion and community engagement.

This third generation model was adopted by Vienna, who created a partnership with the local Wien Energy company, allowing citizens to invest in local solar plants as well as working with the public to resolve gender equality and affordable housing issues. Such adoption has continued around the world, including in Vancouver, where 30,000 citizens co-created the Vancouver Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.

How Smart Cities work?

Smart cities follow 4 steps with the aims to improve the quality of life and enable economic growth through a network of connected IoT devices and other technologies.

These 4 steps are as follows:

1. Collection – Smart sensors gather real-time data

2. Analysis – The data is analysed to gain insights into the operation of city services and operations

3. Communication – The results of the data analysis are communicated to decision makers

4. Action – Action is taken to improve operations, manage assets and improve the quality of city life for the residents

There are a range of Smart City models, actors and technologies andevery city customises these to their unique needs.

Malaysia Smart City Framework (MSCF)

From MyGOV, there is a framework which is Malaysia Smart City Framework (MSCF) that serves as a guide and reference to Local Authorities as city manager, state governments, federal ministries and departments, industry players, academician and other stakeholders in planning and developing smart cities in Malaysia holistically and in line with the current developments.

The document includes the smart city definition in the context of Malaysia, 7 key components of smart city, policy directions and outlines the proposed strategies and initiatives for each component that can be  a reference to those interested in implementing smart city initiatives in Malaysia.

Definitions and Components of Smart City

In the Malaysian context, smart city is defined as a city that uses ICT and technology and innovation advances to address urban issues including to improve the quality of life, promote economic growth, develop sustainable and safe environment and encourage efficient urban management practices.

Smart city Malaysia aims at addressing urban issues and challenges towards achieving then three main pillars of competitive economy, sustainable environment and enhanced quality of life.

The 7 major components of smart city Malaysia are:

  1. Smart Economy
  2. Smart Living
  3. Smart Environment
  4. Smart People
  5. Smart Government
  6. Smart Mobility; and
  7. Smart Digital Infrastructure

What is the Way Forward in Malaysia?

Smart cities is the new development trend observed in many countries around the world, and of course in Malaysia. Some cities that are active in implementing smart city strategies include Amsterdam, Barcelona, Seoul, Stockholm, Singapore, Phuket and Jakarta. Therefore, the development of smart cities in a planned, integrated and holistic manner in this country is important to ensure that Malaysia is at par with the global urban development trends.

Smart cities Malaysia

The smart city trend is supported by the technological breakthrough of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0), including the use of Internet of Things (IoT), Cloud Computing, Open Data and Big Data Analytics.

This digitalization trend is evolving fast and will have a huge impact on the global economy and change the way of life of the world at large. Thus, Malaysia needs to be ready to welcome this wave of digital revolution and utilise it to overcome the challenges and physical limitations towards improving the quality of life of the people and ensuring the development of a smart and sustainable nation.

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Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS)

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LOHAS is the short form or acronym of Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability. LOHAS describes an behavioral lifestyle that focus on health, well-being, and environmental sustainability.

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According to Conscious Media, there are 5 main market categories make up the LOHAS definition:

  • HEALTHY LIVING: This is the most common entry point to the LOHAS market. It encompasses organic foods, natural products, nutritional supplements, and a wide variety of health and fitness pursuits.
  • ALTERNATIVE HEALTHCARE: LOHAS consumers actively seek out information and services related to integrative healthcare and holistic disease prevention, including practices such as acupuncture, chiropractic and homeopathy.
  • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT: Perceiving the connection between physical and mental health, LOHAS types take a strong interest in personal development and growth, including investigations of mind-body-emotion-spirit connections, self-help, leadership and life-balance topics. They are likely to take yoga, meditation and tai chi classes, as well as purchase books, videos and CDs on related subjects. They like to seek out new experiences and learning.
  • ECOLOGICAL LIFESTYLES: Because they see their own health and the planet’s health as inherently tied, LOHAS consumers tend to embrace recycling, green building, ecotourism and all sorts of eco-friendly home and office products. They are better informed than average about ecological topics.
  • SUSTAINABLE ECONOMY: From renewable energy sources and socially responsible investing to fair-trade principles and “triple bottom line” accounting (which considers social and environmental performance, as well as fiscal profits), LOHAS consumers like to promote fair, ethical and sustainable business practices. They prefer doing business with companies that promote a holistic worldview and that share their values.

The LOHAS Target Market Segment

According to Wikipedia, Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability (LOHAS) is a demographic related to sustainable living, “green” ecological initiatives, and generally composed of a relatively upscale and well-educated population segment. LOHAS are willing to spend a bit more on products or services that align with their “green” values.

This LOHAS demographic is socially engaged and wants to know where the products come from, how they are made, and by whom. Sustainable consumption or ethical consumerism is a priority to this LOHAS group, especially in the areas of foods, apparel, and household items.

The LOHAS segment’s consumer behavior is supported by a greater awareness of social and environmental responsibility. This LOHAS group understood that their consumer habits have a broader impact to the environmental and society.

In other words, LOHAS refer to people who are interested in healthy living and social and environmental issues, and who buy related products and services.

Some of the examples of LOHAS goods and services:

  • Organic and locally grown food
  • Organic and natural personal care products
  • Hybrid and electric cars as well as city bicycles
  • Green and sustainable building
  • Sustainable or Ecotourism
  • Energy efficient electronics/appliances
  • Socially responsible investing
  • Natural household products (paper goods and cleaning products)
  • Complementary, alternative and preventive medicine (Naturopathy, Chinese medicine, etc.)
  • Fair trade products
  • Literature in the Mind/Body/Soul, Holistic Health, and New Age genres

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Bringing LOHAS at home

Slow Food

“‘We are what we eat!’ According to Green Living, ‘Slow Food’ stands in opposition to ‘fast food’ in more ways than one. The slow food movement is a global initiative focused on encouraging people to stop eating fast food, instead taking the time to prepare and eat whole, locally-sourced foods. The focus is not only on nutrition, but also on preserving culture and heritage as it relates to food.

Moving in Harmony

While many people think yoga  for the sake of physical fitness, but most yoga practitioners stay with yoga for its holistic benefits, saying yoga helps maintain balance in the body, mind and spirit.

Being Mindful

Being LOHAS means being mindful. LOHAS is constantly making conscious daily choices and lifestyle.

Practicing mindfulness might help in your journey towards becoming a healthier you. But what does it mean to be more mindful?

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Being mindful means living in the present – no worry on past or future.

According to Get Healthy, Stay Healthy, being mindful means being aware of your thoughts, emotions, and how you’re feeling both physically and mentally. Mindfulness is a form of meditation with an important aspect to it—acceptance. It means being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Remember there is no “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in any moment.

Let’s take a LOHAS quiz now!

How LOHAS Are You

Take this quiz from the researchers at the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI) to find out whether you’re living LOHAS! Answer the questions with rarely, sometimes or usually, then add your points to see which segment you’re in.

If you’re response is rarely, give yourself 1 point; for sometimes, give yourself 2 points; for usually, score 3 points.

  1. I care about maintaining excellent physical health.
  2. I care about protecting the environment.
  3. I care about sustainable agriculture practices.
  4. I care about using renewable energy sources.
  5. I tell family and friends about the benefits of purchasing environmentally friendly products.
  6. I care about women’s issues.
  7. I care about social consciousness.
  8. I prefer to buy products from companies whose values are like mine.
  9. I like choosing environmentally friendly products and services.
  10. I’m willing to pay 20 percent more for environmentally friendly products.

26-30 Points: You’re a LOHAS consumer. You care deeply about the environment and society, and you act on those behaviors. You likely buy a lot of organic foods, drive a fuel-efficient car and live in an eco-friendly home. People look to you for advice and information on the environment and society.

20-25 Points: You’re a NOMADIC. You care about some of these issues but not all of them all of the time. You take action in some parts of your life but have not totally adopted a LOHAS lifestyle.

15-19 Points: You’re a CENTRIST. You are slightly more conservative than your LOHAS and NOMADIC peers. While some of these behaviors and ideas appeal to you, they are not top priorities in your life.

10-14 Points: You’re an INDIFFERENT. You are committed to other immediate concerns in your life and don’t think a great deal about the quality of the environment and society.

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21 days habit timeline, what is the one thing that you persevere for more than 21 days?

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We can find that from James Clear’s blog on the 21 days habit story by Dr. Maxwell Maltz.

Maxwell Maltz was a plastic surgeon in the 1950s when he began noticing a strange pattern among his patients.

When Dr. Maltz would perform an operation for example a nose job, he found that it would take the patient about 21 days to get used to seeing their new face. This is the same when a patient had an arm or a leg amputated, the patient would sense a phantom limb for about 21 days before adjusting to the new situation.

These experiences prompted Maltz to think about his own adjustment period to changes and new behaviors, and he noticed that it also took himself about 21 days to form a new habit. Maltz wrote about these experiences and said, “These, and many other commonly observed phenomena tend to show that it requires a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.”

In 1960, Maltz published that quote and his other thoughts on behavior change in a book called Psycho-Cybernetics. The book went on to become an blockbuster hit, selling more than 30 million copies.

The question is how true is this?

To be frank, we don’t know the answer unless we try it!

So, why not take this as a challenge to head the sustainability lifestyle or sustainable habits at home?

The myth of making habits and breaking habits:

The habit formation is said as a function of three key criteria:

(1) Level of Commitment

(2) Internal and External Accountability

(3) Size of the Habit

The Secret is START NOW!

After all, it depends on individual on hwo long it takes to make or break a habit. At the end of the day, you have to put it to work, no excuses, no delay or whatsoever~

The only way to get to the END is to start with the 1st DAY. So forget about the days and focus on doing the work.

Brian Tracy has shared the 7 steps on how to develop a habit, you may check out below:

1) Make A Decision

First, make a decision. Decide clearly that you are going to begin acting in a specific way 100% of the time, whenever that behavior is required. For example, if you decide to arise early and exercise each morning, set your clock for a specific time, and when the alarm goes off, immediately get up, put on your exercise clothes and begin your exercise session.

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Write it down and make it happen!

2) Never Allow An Exception To Your New Habit

Second, never allow an exception to your new habit pattern during the formative stages. Don’t make excuses or rationalizations. Don’t let yourself off the hook. If you resolve to get up at 6:00 AM each morning, discipline yourself to get up at 6:00 AM, every single morning until this becomes automatic.

3) Tell Others You Are Practicing A New Behavior

Third, tell others that you are going to begin practicing a particular behavior. It is amazing how much more disciplined and determined you will become when you know that others are watching you to see if you have the willpower to follow through on your resolution.

4) Visualize Your New Habit

Fourth, visualize yourself performing or behaving in a particular way in a particular situation. The more often you visualize and imagine yourself acting as if you already had the new habit, the more rapidly this new behavior will be accepted by your subconscious mind and become automatic.

5) Create An Affirmation

Fifth, create an affirmation that you repeat over and over to yourself. This repetition dramatically increases the speed at which you develop the new habit. For example, you can say something like, “I get up and get going immediately at 6:00 AM each morning!” Repeat these words the last thing before you fall asleep. In most cases, you will automatically wake up minutes before the alarm clock goes off, and soon you will need no alarm clock at all.

6) Resolve To Persist

Sixth, resolve to persist in the new behavior until it is so automatic and easy that you actually feel uncomfortable when you do not do what you have decided to do.

7) Reward Yourself

Seventh, and most important, give yourself a reward of some kind for practicing in the new behavior. Each time you reward yourself, you reaffirm and reinforce the behavior. Soon you begin to associate, at an unconscious level, the pleasure of the reward with the behavior. You set up your own force field of positive consequences that you unconsciously look forward to as the result of engaging in the behavior or habit that you have decided upon.

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How to start sustainable at home with these 10 easy tips?

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We shared the 10 ways to live more sustainable lifestyle in previous post, but some may hesitate and think that’s a lot of change!

For those of you who want to start with small, gradual steps, instead you could try sustainable lifestyle at home, effortless and easy to anyone!

Here are 10 sustainable lifestyle at home that you can practise. Remember, the most important thing is not how far you go, but to start NOW.

The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato

1.Dry your laundry

We know, dryer is cool and easy. BUT, dryer used a lot of energy. You can dry your clothes under the sun, and save more energy and money too!

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2. Unplug your devices

Let’s admit it, we often neglect or ignore to unplug the device. Unplugging your devices only takes a few minutes, and could saves you money, and can help save the environment.

3. Cook at home, if possible

Restaurants tend to serve our food in portions that are more than we can finish, or just to serve each individual. The high servings could cause a lot of food waste.

We have more control of the portions we consume when we cook at home, such as through meal prepping. Nonetheless, if you want to eat out, try to tabao what you don’t finish for another meal at home.

4. Use reuseable bag

BYOC or just bring a reusable bag with you, or place the reusable bag in your car so that you can always take these with you when you are out for groceries shopping. This could help to save tonnes of single use plastics and save the environment.

5. Buy in Bulk

Packaging requires manufacturing that releases carbon in the atmosphere. Then, once these packaging ends up being wasted in landfills which pollutes our air, water, and soil.

By choosing to buy items in bulk or refill pack, you’re reducing the amount of excessive packaging and decreasing the damage to our environment. It will even save you more money.

6. Grow your own food

Growing your own food can help you limit the amount of times you drive out for groceries. Besides this also encourage your family to eat less meat. Additionally, the plants will help to absorb more carbon as well.

The production of meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and the pollution. By eating less of it, you can help to reduce the impact the meat industry has on the Earth.

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7. Recycle, Recycle and Recycle

We cannot emphasize more on the importance of recycling, and to make recycling the habit or your lifestyle. Recycling helps to reduces the need for extracting raw materials which cause air and water pollution, and climate change.

8. Turn off the lights when not using

Remember to always turn off the lights at home when you’re not using them. The same applies to any electronics appliances as well.

You can choose to use the natural light throughout the day as long as you can until you need to turn on the lights. This will reduce your energy use and could turn into money saving.

9. Buy local food

Choosing to buy locally and in season helps reduce the amount of shipping done to supply foods worldwide or out of season. Think about the logistics of shipping all those exported foods or out of season foods. By buying local produce, you also helps to support your local farmers.

10. Use less air conditioning

Air conditioning can be responsible for up to half the energy used in your home. There are a few things you can do to avoid using it that often. For example, use less energy and that could release less heat indoor, thus you won’t feel that hot all the time.

Any of these simple tips at home would be a great way for you at home to start living more sustainable lifestyle at home. Try one of these sustainable living tips and continue to make them as a habit to help save the environment.

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BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) The easy eco-tips!

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One of the way I find is the first step to start reducing waste, or single use plastics is

BYOC! Bring Your Own Container!

BYOC  or Bring Your Own Container is an easy way to reduce waste and to embark on eco-journey.

This include carrying your own tote to the supermarket or groceries shopping, or bringing your tiffin container, tumbler when takeaway. The BYOC concept is to ecnourage consumers to bring own jars, bottles or any packaging materials etc. This will save a lot of waste created by disposable containers, disposable cutlery, and disposable cups.

The BYOC concept was first introduced in 2006 by the award-winning London store Unpackaged.

Next time, just remember to:
bring your own container, and ask the restaurant to fill it! You would be surprise, they might be a bit surprised at first, but they will happily do it 😉

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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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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


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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10 ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle in Malaysia

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Find out everything you need to know about sustainable lifestyle in Malaysia, and how to start. In this post, we will share what is sustainable living means, why it’s important and how you could live a more sustainable lifestyle. And you can start to live a sustainable lifestyle in Malaysia. Here’s how!

Nowadays, people are starting to come around to the idea that we need to become more sustainable to protect the Earth for future generations, especially during this pandemic.

Everything you do in your life has an impact on the planet, from the food you eat to your car.. Don’t get us wrong! This doesn’t mean you should only eat vegetables. Although, you could try consuming more vegetables. A small changes could help to lessen your carbon footprint, and environmental impact.

What is sustainable living?

Sustainable living involves reducing the use of Earth’s resources to help protect it. There are a number of ways you can choose to embrace sustainable living, including changing your diet, using environmental-friendly products or even just use less energy!.

In short, to live a sustainable lifestyle you should try to limit the impact on the Earth , while also being cautious to use and replace the resources you do use.

Why is living sustainably important?

At the moment, we are producing resources, using energy and creating waste at a rate which isn’t sustainable.

This leads to environmental issues, such as pollution and climate change, which cause harm to the environment, wildlife and humans.

By making some small changes to your lifestyle, you can reduce your carbon footprint and help to tackle these issues.

How to live a more sustainabile lifestyle

If you want to start a more sustainable lifestyle but don’t know how , try some of these 10 tips below to live a sustainable lifestyle in Malaysia:

1. Save energy

You can help to reduce carbon emissions by using less energy. There are a number of ways you can save energy at home, including switching off electronic appliances when not using it, hanging clothes under hot sun to dry instead of using a drier, or choose an energy saving electronics appliances.

Solar panel
Using solar energy is one of the alternative!

2. Eat less meat.

The production of meat is one of the biggest contributors to climate change and the pollution. By eating less of it, you can help to reduce the impact the meat industry has on the Earth.

3. Use renewable energy

If possible, consider powering your home using renewable energy to reduce the amount of carbon emissions you produce. Although this might be an expensive investment at the start, you may start considering this option when you adopt sustainable lifestyle along the way.

4. Recycle and reuse

You can start by recycling by putting your recyclable items in the correct bins. Also, try to reuse products and items as many times as possible before throwing them to reduce waste.

5. Go paperless

To avoid wasting paper, choose to receive letters over e-mail and only print documents if necessary. You could also ask shops to email you your receipt instead of printing it.

6. Grow your own produce

By growing your own fruit and vegetables, you can ensure you’re not using pesticides that will contribute to water and air pollution. This will also help to reduce the amount fossil fuels used to transport produce to supermarkets.

7. Donate unused items

If you don’t use a product or wear a piece of clothing anymore, give it to a charity shop or or to some organizations that you know would make use of it to help reduce waste. For unused clothes, you can send to Sweet Nana Vong if you are in Penang, Sweet Nana Vong help to collect these clothes for charity organizations.

Donation cardboard
Donate your unused items instead of toss it away is a sustainable choice!

8. Drive less

Try to walk or ride a bike if the destination is short instead of driving – it’s better for the environment and your health. This will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

9. No waste

Try not to use single-use plastics. Join millions of people to reduce plastic waste this July! For example, bring your own container when you take-away foods. Or you can choose to repair, fix or alter your clothes in Penang, for example in Sweet Nana Vong in Penang instead of throw it away!

10. Use eco-friendly products

By using green products or eco-friendly products such as natural soap, you can help to prevent chemicals waste which will leave a negative impact on the Earth.

Minimalist beige
Being aware of your daily choice is the starting point of your sustainable living!

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