An Environmental Science student at Nottingham Malaysia campus, Syaqil Suhaimi was introduced to the Malaysian Youth Delegation through Emily whom he initially met at a Power Shift Malaysia workshop in 2015. There are two major reasons as to why he embarked on the MYD journey: the first reason is self-actualization – by pursuing this environmental cause, he believes he will fulfill his potential as a global citizen in trying to preserve and/or better manage the environment through intervention and sustainable development related practices. The second reason, as cliché as it sounds, is to give back to society as he believes that there’s no better way to contribute than by ensuring that Earth is in a healthy state for future generations to come.
Lhavanya considers herself a jack of all trades and believes that skills from different disciplines and areas of interest can be translated and used in other areas and discipline. Which is why she is doing a degree in International Relations, is heavily involved in journalism and wants to use the skills and experience she has to fight environmental and wildlife related problems in the communications and policymaking arena. In addition to that she also loves hiking and really, really hopes that the pristine beauty of all hiking areas can be preserved and managed for everyone and future generations to enjoy.
Mike has not always been environmentally-aware. All the way up until high school, he never really cared about waste management, air and water quality, greenhouse gas emissions or any other environment-related issue. What really flipped the switch and helped Mike expand his worldviews on these environmental issues and other social issues was studying abroad. In 2013, he graduated from San Francisco State University with a BSc. in Environmental Science and has since kept a passion for climate science and environmental responsibility. By being a part of MYD 2017, Mike hopes to gain knowledge around international climate policy, to ultimately dedicate his life to environmental research, policy and management.
Before 6, he was already catching scorpions, bugs and lizards. Exploring nature has become a hobby which he loves to do every free time. As he grows up, he would often sketch animals and plants which appeal to his curiosity, before advancing to photography. He would observe tiny details of their pets – cats and fish to little insects. His passion towards nature is so natural that he was determined to study environmental science. Unlike other teenagers, he spends a lot of time in the woods studying plants and small animals in there. Indeed, this is one true nature lover and enthusiast.
A proud Penangite, Xiandi has no qualms on “No Plastic Day” because every day is a no plastic day to her. Spoiled by the greens along Penang’s Kelawai Road, she dreams for a greener urban landscape. Xiandi believes that environmental policies can bring collective change and youths need to be involved in the advocacy process. She hopes for an accessible sustainable future and thus joined forces with other youths in MYD to fight for a #green future. As a social media addict (okay, maybe not addict enough to be an addict), she’d love to see her timeline flooded with environmental-related posts because she knows that “sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama jadi trending”.