Universiti Malaya

Malaysia Solve Climate 2030:
Green Recovery, Climate Solutions, and a Just Transition

Hosted by Universiti Malaya

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2030 is the target year to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, including “SDG13: Climate Action”. Without immediate actions to combat the climate crisis, we may have to face extreme weather, floods, droughts and sea-level rise by 2030, with dire consequences.

The world’s top climate scientists have told us that limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require global net human-caused carbon emissions to fall by about 45% by 2030 from 2010 levels, reaching ‘net zero’ around 2050. This would require unprecedented, rapid and far-reaching transitions to reduce carbon footprint at the global, national and local levels.

Malaysia continues to have its share of extreme weather events. These will be increasingly hard to manage in a global warming scenario, impacting the lives of many in diverse ways. Solving the climate change challenge is everyone’s business!

This year, for the first time Malaysia’s perspective will be included in the “Solve Climate 2030”- a Global Dialogue involving about 100 webinars in 50 countries to discuss how state, community and individual actions can put us on the path to solving climate change by 2030?

Join us for an afternoon of conversation with some of Malaysia’s thought leaders in climate action. The webinar will also include an exciting event: a sneak preview of the “UM-Nottingham Bite-Size Climate Action Online Modules for Malaysian Youth platform” that is currently under development.

This exciting webinar is the first event of the UM Global Engagement 2021. The launch of the UM Global Engagement 2021 will begin 15 minutes before this webinar.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Date & Time: April 13, 2021 from 3:00Pm – 4:30Pm (HKT/MYT) Time Convertor

Dr Helena Varkkey
Principal researcher, UM-Nottingham Bite-Size Climate Action
Senior Lecturer Department of International and Strategic Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya

Helena is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, UM. Her research focuses on the governance of transboundary haze pollution and the political economy of palm oil in Southeast Asia. More broadly, she seeks to understand how economic development can be reconciled with environmental sustainability in this resource-rich region. She is currently the project leader for "Bite-Size Climate Change: Online Modules for Malaysian Youth", a project sponsored by the British High Commission Kuala Lumpur supported by EcoKnights, under the programme "Communicating Science for Climate Action". The project aims to develop multi-platform learning modules focusing on simple actions that we can adopt at the personal level to mitigate climate change, and to highlight the science behind these small but mighty actions.
Dr. Gary William Theseira
Technical Advisor, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre, Ministry of Environment and Water

Dr. Gary Theseira has more than a decade of experience in Climate Change and Sustainability Policy. He is a Senior Research Officer at the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) and consultant Technical Advisor to the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC). Between 2018 – 2020, he was seconded to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Malaysia (NRE) as Deputy Undersecretary before serving under the Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change as Special Functions Officer. Dr. Theseira holds a PhD. in Agronomy from Mississippi State University and conducted Post-Doctoral Research at the University of Minnesota.
Dr Yasmin Rasyid
Founder and President, Ecoknights

Yasmin is a marine biologist by profession and an environmentalist by passion. She has a degree in Marine Biology and a minor in Contemporary Religion from Duke University and a M.Sc. in Biotechnology and PhD in Sustainability Science from Universiti Malaya. Yasmin has 20 years of experience and knowledge in sustainability, community development, social entrepreneurship and social responsibility in Malaysia. She founded EcoKnights, an environmental NGO, in 2005 with the aim of assisting communities in the areas of sustainable development and served as the chairperson of the Malaysian Environmental NGO national coalition for four years from 2012-2017. She is now the Sustainability Director at Landlease Malaysia – a globally integrated real estate and investment group with core expertise in shaping cities and creating strong and connected communities.
Mr. Benjamin Ong
Head of Exploration, Accelerator Lab, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Darussalam
Co-Founder, Urban Biodiversity Initiative
Founder, The Rimba Project Living Lab, Universiti Malaya

Benjamin is the Head of Exploration at UNDP Malaysia's Accelerator Lab. A Chevening-CIMB scholar, he holds a BSc in Ecology from the Faculty of Science, University of Malaya and Masters in Sustainable Development from the University of St Andrews. Between 2014 and 2019, he anchored student volunteer engagement and environmental education at the UM’s Rimba Ilmu Botanic Garden through two platforms he founded: The Rimba Project and the Urban Biodiversity Initiative (Ubi). Benjamin’s interests centre on the relationship between humans and nature in cities, and on the power and agency of student volunteerism. His work has been recognised internationally: he won the Chevening Green Volunteer of the Year Award 2017, and the Marsh Award for Education in Botanic Gardens 2019.

For more info, contact Associate Professor. Dr Zeeda Fatimah Mohamad, the webinar coordinator at zeeda21@um.edu.my