Youth & the Climate Crisis: Ambassadors for Change
Updated: Jan 25, 2020
KAMY collaborated with Amnesty International Malaysia and WORQ Coworking Spacein organizing the YOUTH &THE CLIMATE CRISIS: AMBASSADORS FOR CHANGE to mobilize the people for the #MYCLIMATESTRIKE on the September 21st.
The event gives a platform to understand how the youth have always been a fundamental part in activism especially in public interest issues -- environmental and climate crisis in particular.
After an introduction from KAMY's coordinator Nadiah, a recorded speech from Kumi Naidoo, the secretary general of Amnesty International, and keynote speech from Fahmi Fadzil, MP of Lembah Pantai, we proceeded with the screening of Unlocking Bengoh. This film highlights the untold story of how energy demand is linked to environmental and social conflict -- particularly mega dams. This documentary challenges the narrative of of mega dams as a "clean & renewable source".
Mustafa Along, the Leader of Jaringan Orang Asli Kelantan opened the panel discussion with the story of his ongoing fight in protecting his ancestral land in Gua Musang against unsustainable deforestation project, state-sanction, that has caused and exacerbated the environmental degradation in Kelantan, and how it might have led to the Bah Kuning tragedy in 2014. His story started ten years ago, as a young Mustafa Along of 25 year of age, spear headed his village men to fortify their fight against these illegal encroachment into their lands. Land grabbing is a persistent issue plaguing indigenous communities as customary land is not recognized by the state constitution.
Mustafa Along tells us the story of his fight to defend his ancestral land.
Fahmi Fadzil spoke briefly on the climate strike why there's a need for a climate movement