Earth Matters BFM: Bite-Size Climate Action

Dr Matthew Ashfold (University of Nottingham Malaysia) and I were interviewed by Juliet Jacobs on Earth Matters, BFM, about climate education and action in Malaysia. We introduced Bite-Size Climate Action, which is a series of free, fun, and flexible online modules designed to inspire Malaysian youth to act for the climate. The project was developed by a group of educators and students from Universiti Malaya and Uniersity of Nottingham Malaysia. Listen to the podcast here.

Navigate to the project’s website, Instagram, or TikTok to check out our modules.

Interview on BFM Radio Morning Brief

Under Minister Yeo Bee Yin’s leadership (2019-2020), MESTECC was trying to push forward a transboundary haze law modelled after (but not cut-and-paste!) a similar law in Singapore, in an attempt to achieve more meaningful outcomes on haze prevention in the region. However, the current Minister of the (Renamed) KASA/MEWA Ministry just announced in parliament that the act has been shelved.

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I was asked by BFM Radio to comment on this development. The podcast of this interview is available here.

Interview with German Media

Najah Onn (Footprint Mechanics), Deborah Germaine Augustin (New Naratif) and I were interviewd by Michael Frantzen from Deutschlandfunk Kultur, the National German Radio Network, on our civil society-level efforts towards a better environment in Malaysia. We talked about our collective engagements via CERAH Anti-Haze Action group and New Naratif, and touched topics ranging from haze, palm oil, and plastic pollution. The full interview ran on radio and also appears in article format here, in an article entitled “Palm Oil and Plastic in Malaysia: Resistance to Garbage and Toxic Smoke” in the German language.

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Another (individual) interview was with Mr Janis Wicke of the German Online Magazine südostasien which translates to Southeast Asia, on the haze-producing fires affecting the region last year. The full interview (in the German language, entitled “Peatsols Are Almost Pure Fuel”, can be found here.

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Haze 2019: Media Coverage

The Southeast Asian region once again experienced transboundary haze in 2019, with Malaysia experiencing especially bad days in September. I was called upon by various media outlets to give my views on the haze and related issues including plantation involvement, need for extraterritorial laws, effectiveness of ASEAN, and Jokowi’s leadership.

Here is a selected list of news articles, TV and radio slots I was involved in during that time:

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Recent Media Interviews

In March 2019, I was interviewed by Joe Sandler Clarke of Unearthed, Greenpeace’s journalism project, for my views on the developing EU palm oil ban. The full article is available here.

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More recently in April 2019, I was interviewed by Prima Sarmiento, Hong Kong correspondent for China Daily, for my views on the worsening haze situation in Bangkok, Thailand. The article is available in full below.
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UNMC Mindset Public Talk & Astro AWANI Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan

The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus kindly invited me to moderate a MINDSET public talk on the topic of “Haze-Free ASEAN 2020?: National and Local Strategies and Challenges in Managing Fires and Haze in Indonesia”. The panelists were two of my friends and colleagues, Dr Rini Astuti, a research fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, and Mr. Alfajri, lecturer at the Department of International Relations, Universitas Abdurrab, Riau.

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The event was also picked up by the Astro AWANI sattelite TV channel, who invited us to continue to discussion on their late night English talk show, “Let’s Talk with Sharaad Kuttan”. The episode, entitled “Haze: More Than The Air We Breathe” was aired at 10pm pm 1 February 2019. The entire clip can be viewed here.

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