After the success of 2013 version of #PowerShiftMsia, the volunteers got together and began talking about hosting another training in 2014. This is indeed very necessary and vital to the growth of the youth climate movement in Malaysia.
Glad to report that we have completed the 2014 version roaringly victorious.
This is what #PowerShiftMsia meant to some of the participants and volunteers who attended the Youth Climate Change Empowerment WorkCamp.
- A young university graduate nearly lost her passion in environment until she reconnected with like minded people in #PowerShiftMsia (Woo Yin San)
- A USM, Penang students overcame her self-intimidation and inspired to contribute back to society (Nurul Nabila)
- A young lady changed her world view on climate change and ready to take action now (Amalina Ariffin)
- PowerShiftMsia taught a staff volunteer that the choice, to do nothing or something, is yours. (Elaine Lim)
Although these victories may seem small to the average person, you know that they are not.
Again, thank you! We love your support.
#PowerShiftMsia 2014 saw the participation of 65 youths from all around Malaysia and the world. We have participants representing Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Egypt, Ghana, Bangladesh, Sudan, Pakistan and Yemen.
With such a diverse background of participants, it brought more perspective into the global climate change discussion and were found very beneficial to the program.
In supporting this program, we must never forget the team of 24 strong volunteers from Malaysia and Singapore.
Empowering participants with variety of workshops like :
- Digital Campaigning – being the most efficient channel in reaching out to Malaysian audiences, spreading climate change and environment awareness on the internet is vital, tips and tricks in using social media tools, how to effectively tell you story on youtube, facebook, twitter and many more.
- Policy & Governance – understanding the policy is crucial in affecting change in the system, connecting the policies on the United Nations level to the local government implementations, what are the difficulties and how can we leverage and apply influence on the system.
- Understanding Media – mainstream media can be both allies and enemy in environmental campaigns, more often allies, learn what kind of stories do the media wants, what publications do the readers want to read, how to draft a press release
- Creative Activism – taking meaningful action is not restricted only taking it to the streets, there are many non-violent direct action in the book, and many are shockingly creative and effective, join us to learn more
- Theory of Change – our aim to shift our wasteful fossil-fuel focused society to efficient renewable centric is easier when we can identify the sector of the society behaviors, once we understand this, we can cater our strategies effectively
- Storytelling – getting personal with our personal narratives and campaign stories, and how to craft a campaign story that will move mountains
We are featured local environmental heroes who shared their knowledge and experience, recognising their work and hoping to provide inspiration to all our participants.
We felt that there is a strong need to have more youth climate training across Malaysia. Thus, Penang was selected due to its strong environmental support by the local communities. We hosted the program in ‘Centre for Marine & Coastal Studies (CEMACS) by Universiti Sains Malaysia’, a university research centre located within the area of ‘National Park, Penang’ operated by PERHILITAN (link).
Video: #PowerShiftMsia 2014 Youtube Channel : http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLc1CAw7x2HHvfOhfL0D6Vw-h417HAxbaO