Youth Conference Building Bridges for Sustainable Consumption and Production (BB4SCP) Aims to Encourage Malaysian Youths to be Responsible Consumers

1st – 3rd December 2016, Kuala Lumpur: Close to 60 youths from all over Malaysia took a bold step by participating in the country’s first youth conference on sustainable consumption and production (SCP). This is the first ever youth conference which takes on the one of the focus by Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by United Nation. The conference focuses on four elements which are important aspects of a Malaysian’s daily consumption, which are sustainable wood products, energy efficiency, and sustainable seafood and palm oil products.

The conference was held over two days, whereby participants are exposed of various kinds of modules which tackle different kind of aspects, including:- 

  1. An introduction to Education for Sustainable Development & Youth Empowerment
  2. SCP Schools
  3. Sustainable Business
  4. Sustainable Wood Products
  5. Climate change: An Inconvenient Truth Continues…
  6. Sustainable seafood

Participants were divided into two groups later on, and experienced field trips in which helps them grasps a better understanding on energy efficiency and sustainable seafood consumption. For former focus, participants were brought to the Diamond Building and the latter group was brought to Seri Kembangan Wholesale Wet Market.

The participants who went on the field trip to the fish market were guided by Mr. Lasal, Education officer from WWF. Participants were instructed to identify fish types that are available in the market with reference to the sustainable Malaysia seafood guide. Any information regarding on the fish sources, from the fish wholesale and retail prices down to fishmongers’ background, and accessibility of fish stocks were important information gathered to create a more bottom-up approach towards sustainable seafood consumption.

The second group of participants went to the Diamond Building in Putrajaya. This building is owned by the Energy Commissioner of Malaysia. One of its biggest achievements is to be the Best Green Building Index Platinum rating system in Malaysia. During the visit, participants were given insights about the building green technology that are applied to the building. One of out many technologies they use is the greywater system which utilize used water to irrigate the surrounding plants, photovoltaic panel which harvest sunlight to provide 10% of its total electricity usage, and the structure of the building itself (diamond shape) to reduce heat intake from the sunlight.

Giving a  welcoming remarks to the participants visiting the Diamond BuildingGiving a welcoming remarks to the participants visiting the Diamond Building

 

Some of the participants eagerly to learn more about energy efficiencySome of the participants eagerly to learn more about energy efficiency

 

A group picture of participants and the Energy Commission representativesA group picture of participants and the Energy Commission representatives

 

Guided by Mr. Lasal from WWF, participants were given insights on Malaysian’s fish consumption impactGuided by Mr. Lasal from WWF, participants were given insights on Malaysian’s fish consumption impact

 

Various types of marine and fresh water fish stocks were amongst local’s favoritesVarious types of marine and fresh water fish stocks were amongst local’s favorites

 

Using the Sustainable Seafood Guideline, participants are required to identify current market fish stock’s statusUsing the Sustainable Seafood Guideline, participants are required to identify current market fish stock’s status

 

Upon experiencing on-site trips and talks, participants were then led by Mr. Rizalman to construct a resolution which requires participants to think and act according to their surrounding and experience in the wet market and the Diamond Building. All the resolutions were submitted individually and then compiled together, giving the first recorded resolution for sustainable consumption and production in youths’ perspective. Moving forward, we hope that we can be the change maker in Malaysia’s governance in promote sustainable living and to influence producers and consumers relationship which focus on environmental sustainability.

On the last day of the conference, the participants participated in a SCP Fair that was held at Encorp Strand Mall, which featured various workshops and talks, forum panels and also an eco-friendly exhibition. Exhibitors whom had participated in the fairs were all eco-centric and are currently leading the way to a sustainable change in Malaysian-based consumption and production cycle. Exhibitors such as Grub Cycle, Ecocentric Transitions, Biji-Biji initiative, Cyclean, One liter car wash; were just a few of them to be named. Numerous short-session talks and light workshops were carried out throughout the fair, ranging from harvesting methane gas to generate energy, kick-start your personal vertical garden, to get to know palm oil-based products in daily consumption; participants were given a platform to discuss with experts to engage in a more concrete movement towards sustainable consumption and production.  

Wrapping up the 1st WWF Building Bridges for Sustainable Consumption and ProductionWrapping up the 1st WWF Building Bridges for Sustainable Consumption and Production

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