Nature calls.

My first trip to something as close as calling it a zoo visit was the Sunway Lagoon animal park back in high school. I remembered going to the park in Sentosa Island when it first opened but did not recall much about it except the pink dolphin show. It was the ‘not so’ huge cage belonged to two tigers that got me hooked as I passed by to enter Sunway Lagoon theme park. It was my first life experience being close to a wild animal, fascinating yet wrong in so many ways. The tigers are beautiful creatures, I figured what was shown on TV were indeed true and more I was a mix of excitement and awe to see something real and right in front of my eyes. But, a part of me was curious about the whole picture.

Why is the tiger so quiet and lazy?

How do people feed them?

Aren’t tigers supposed to be running around?

Growing up in the city, I don’t have the luxury of seeing animals as often as I liked and because my hometown is also a city, I don’t have that countryside home to go back to during the holidays. What I knew was limited to the information I obtain from books and what I see on TV. So, it was a bit odd to see two passive tigers in Sunway Lagoon right in the middle of an urban place. So many questions popped in my mind and I was telling myself over and over again this is not how it is based on the TV shows I watched before this.

It was since then I started having interest in animal protection, specifically tigers. I loved them when I was young, I love them still but now that I’m older I learned there’s so much more about them, especially the importance of protecting instead of using them as a profit-making tool. Because tigers were the animal that first got me into thinking about animal protection, it’s only natural that they hold a special place in my heart. I wouldn’t call myself an environmentalist or an eco warrior, but I do believe in the cause and all the efforts to protect nature. I didn’t start acting on it though until only recently. In fact, it was back in college when I visited Malaysia’s National Zoo for the first time in my life and while I left feeling dazed about seeing them in such close proximity, the feeling that it’s all wrong became stronger.

Even then, I wasn’t too sure what I could even do.

I know I couldn’t go out there and be a volunteer to protect them or physically participate in movements as I was restricted by many rules at home. I read and keep on reading and on days where the news reported animal abuse or yet another death caused by humans I can’t help feeling disturbed and helpless. The urge to help was boiling but I didn’t know what to do, where to start, who to talk to or how do I even help.

I believe that many of us would feel the same way, especially when we weren’t exposed to animal protection awareness campaigns , organizations or education about it.

It was when I studied in the UK that I saw ways I could help and contribute within my capabilities. I started reaching out through fundraising activities, hoping that with the little amount that I collect, I would create a ripple effect in instilling awareness among my friends and family. Raising money was a way I could help and it’s something I enjoy doing too so I focused on that, putting whatever experience I had to good use and hoped that it would have eased the struggles of volunteers in the front line who actually go out of their way to protect the nature.

Along the fundraising journey, I also realized many other things about the effort to protect and conserve our environment. I think it’s easier to give up than fight for the cause because often, you meet a dead end or you hardly see any actual impact. There are so many barriers it almost feels like it’s impossible.

You’re not only going against people who sees the environment as a mean to make profit but also tradition and culture.

For example, when I visited Phuket I was so difficult to convince my family not to go to the elephant show because their argument was that it’s part of the culture and so many other people go as well. There’s also the other side of the argument that elephants and the people there have a long history of relationship. The Thai people worships elephants and take good care of them according to the history and bond they have between them for centuries. But there are also cases where the animals are abused while in training. I would say that it is probably a similar case to how our farmers use buffalo to plough their plantation field. Back in those days elephants too were used as a mode of transportation in Thailand.

The concern here is that today, some people are abusive towards their animals and we don’t have to use wild animals such as elephants or tigers, it can even be our pets.

So, yes despite only exploring a small part of this fight, I find myself giving up many times, defeated in arguments and it was almost useless when majority’s voice was not on my side.

But this also made me realize that the cause of this issue is mostly due to lack of awareness. Education in this area is not enough, it’s probably out there but it’s not reaching to everyone in the community. We read an article today about an animal being abused or a forest burned down due to the impossible hot weather in some area but it stops there for us. We would be sorry, feel sad about what happen, wished things didn’t turn out that way, we got angry and frustrated, grumbled to our friends about what we read in the article but we weren’t taught on what we can do to stop it from happening again. We don’t see ourselves being involved more than just reading it and that, I believe is where education comes in. When we educate ourselves about our surroundings, about our rights, our law and country we also learn how we, as part of a bigger society could act on situations like this. We may not realize that we were being ignorant which is why education and awareness in this area is very much needed to be emphasized and instilled.

Which is why, despite seeing more dead ends than impacts I still want to fight with those who believe in this cause. Because I feel that it’s a responsibility we carry as part of the society. Creating an environment that is livable, isn’t that something that involves us the primary users of Earth? How we manage it reflects our ability to remain in existence and I think that duty lies in everyone. I know I can’t do much, but I also know that continuously changing, educating and improving our lifestyle will eventually lead to bigger impact.

I started from the most famous organization that’s available in almost every country which is WWF. But there are also many non-profit environmental organizations that we could refer to. Some do research work, some focus on certain areas such as government policies and many other specifications. Here are some websites I usually check to get updates on environmental issues and learn more about the nature in my country.

Sometimes, we are aware of all the environmental issues happening around us. Social media and the news update us regularly. But it is taking that next step is what’s important here. Most of the time, we don’t know what we can do. Believe me, we can do so much more if we take one step further. You can change what you are angry about. Work within your capabilities. Just because you can’t go down to the field or be at the front line to protect nature, that doesn’t mean you are not capable of contributing to the cause.

We can’t all be farmers or fishermen. Some need to be seller, some as buyers and many more. Only then the economy will be moving forward. This concept applies to this cause as well. You could be working in terms of changing policies, becoming an eco ranger, promotes recycling, a trendsetter for green lifestyle and many more other options. You just need to act on it. It may be late as we have so much to work on, but it’s never too late and you’ll never know what you can achieve unless you try.

So try, and bring positive changes. You can play a role in this too.

 

p/s: I’m already all pumped up about crowdfunding for my tigers. Hopefully I will have the time as I wish to make it an annual affair rather than just a one time thing. Hope this write up will make you explore on how you can personally contribute to this cause too 🙂

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A Paper Affair.

This is a post about my recent research on paper making and how it affects our Earth. We all know that it’s good to reduce paper usage and if you do, make sure you shred it and voila your duty is done. But this post will be more than just these two simple steps. It all started when I had to use papers during my internship. Back then I was doing a lot of company credit rating research so I had to read pages and pages of companies’ annual reports for my credit rating reports. It’s all finance stuff so if you’re not into finance, let’s just say that I had to read and research a lot. It gets tiring sometimes to continuously read reports on your laptop and makes it slightly difficult to discuss with your colleagues when you don’t have the printed copy. So, torn between wanting to reduce paper usage and getting the job done, I decided to print. Not all , though. The feeling still bugged me about reducing paper usage. Then I proceeded to the shredding machine where I make sure all my papers get shredded and not thrown into the rubbish bins. But it occurred to me, what happens then after I shred the paper? Will it help with the environment and where does all this shredded paper go?

At that time, it was just a thought which I forgot about later on. Then earlier this year, I had my final examinations and I printed some of my slides. I usually just use my tablet to learn but realized that I end up writing everything back while studying (not so efficient and very time consuming and I waste paper as well). So while printing them, the same thought occurred to me and I got a little distracted and frustrated with the amount of papers I used. I came home and with all the free time I had, I started reading up on the paper industry. I did my research and to be honest, it took me awhile before I came up with this post because I wasn’t sure about so many things with the industry. And this is what I found out from all the readings I did. It may not be complete with all the information about pulp and paper industry and this is a summarized/simplified version based on my understanding so if you are interested on this topic, you can definitely do a further reading.

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http://www.brdisolutions.com/what-is-the-paper-converting-industry

The diagram above is a clear process of how paper industry works and what is done when you recycle your paper. Starting with the collection of wood, following the brown arrow that leads to paper making which then is distributed out before going back to the industry as a recycled product. It’s pretty much straight forward and looks sustainable with very little environmental problems. That was what I thought when I first did my research. But if you look again at the process, these are some of the issues concerning the paper industry:

Cutting down of trees; the consequences of it. When you cut down trees, not just one of two trees but hundreds of them for paper production you not only disrupt the natural habitat for wildlife but also may cause soil erosion and contribute towards global warming. It may seem like a simple problem where you can solve by planting new trees to replace the ones you cut but it’s not. That’s the thing about natural resources and environmental problems, they’re all interconnected and you have to look at the bigger picture to connect the dots. The disruption of ecosystem can cause permanent effect to the wildlife and also may lead to extinction of some species. It’s not like as if a forest can be built within two weeks so should we be cutting down trees without waiting for trees to grow first ? The dilemma is always there. In fact, 40% of industrial wood is traded globally and this means that its not just a one country’s affair. People trade wood for production of paper, among other usage of wood. We cannot replenish the forest before cutting them down again at the rate we are consuming it. The question is, how do you shift the wildlife to a new habitat before cutting down the trees ? How do you counter back the issue with soil erosion ? At the rate we’re going, we’ll probably clear out all the forest and left with no more trees to harvest.

This is where the recycling part comes in. In today’s paper industry, there are two types of pulp used; virgin and recycled fibre. Recycled fibre is used in the paper production so that we can reduce the intake of virgin fibre which is a product made from the trees we cut down. So if you’re wondering what’s the purpose of shredding your paper, this is it. The shredded paper will go through a few process before turning back into pulp that is then used again for paper making.

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http://printingandreading.storaenso.com/sustainability

Chemicals and water pollution. The process of paper making, whether using virgin fibre or recycled fibre uses chemical and other materials. Transforming the wood to pulp usually involves cooking the wood chips in a chemical solution. Chemicals used, from what I read are often sodium hydroxide and sodium sulfide. After that, fillers are added such as chalk, clay, starch or titanium oxide. The materials vary based on the type of product produced and the company’s methods. Even with recycling paper, you have to remove the ink which involves bleaches or dyes then convert them back into pulps that can be rolled to papers or other products. This will lead to water pollution, no doubt. It is not easy to separate chemical solutions from the water again and it’ll eventually flow into the ocean, disrupting the aquatic ecosystem and also affecting the soil. In fact, based on research done, pulp and paper industry is one of the largest consumer of water used in industrial activities. There was an article by WWF about this industry and how it’s affecting the environment in more than just one way. It also said that paper mills discharge pollutants and this will lead to aquatic problems as well as health issues. Let’s not forget that we humans consume water too on daily basis and with all the pollution, the water needs to be treated first before it’s safe for us to consume. This adds to the social cost and consumer will have to bear the additional costs.

Apart from the obvious environmental issues I stated above, there are other concerns too such as illegal harvesting, regulations, irresponsible practices in the industry etc etc. There have also been development on producing paper using other resources as many people are becoming more aware of the issues in this industry. I found this while doing my research and it’s a really good website, do check it out !

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http://thepooproject.ourproject.org/index.php?slab=about

The development of creating a sustainable environment is a continuous effort and requires lots of researches. But even the little things, if we are able to do it we should. Here are some suggestions on how to help:

  • Shred them papers ! If you don’t own a shredder, recycle them at the recycling centre. You can google the nearest recycling centre, I’m sure there’s one in each area. Don’t forget to remove paper clips or other non-paper materials before you recycle.
  • If you can avoid using paper, why not? Save you some pocket money too!
  • Responsible sourcing and trade of paper products. Know the brands you choose and choose a responsible one.
  • Ask for transparency in the sector, exercise your rights as a consumer! If you have questions about the brands you use, why not drop them an email for clarification?

Let’s not forget that wood is used for more than just paper. It’s also used to create furniture, construction of buildings and many other products. If we cannot avoid using those products, the least we could do is use it wisely and not practice irresponsible consumption. Remember, when you buy something, the company will have to produce more to replenish their stock. This means higher demand for wood and therefore, more trees being cut down. Not all products from wood can be recycled and reused as raw ingredient. If you buy just to realize later on that you have no use for it and end up throwing it away, that too can contribute to various environmental problems. Let’s together be a responsible consumer 🙂

It’s the little things that matters, the little effort that will bring changes to the world.

Morning from Budapest

Woke up today feeling at ease especially in a room filled with warm colors. The sunlight peaking through the curtains make it even more calming. It’s my third day in Budapest and I absolutely love this place, although I might say the same thing for every place I visit. But it is indeed beautiful. Budapest city is made up of two sides with Danube River in between. Not only it has 2 sides of history and culture to offer but it’s also different at night. Everything is relatively near and its interesting what you can discover when you’re out on a stroll around the city.

Since exams are over, I’ve been doing a bit of catching up with the current environmental issues especially here in Budapest. It fascinates and disappoints me at the same time to see what’s been going on around the world with regards to the environment. So here’s a bit of the information I got while I was leisurely enjoying the sun (or more like the bed) in Budapest.

On the 5th of June we human beings celebrated World Environment’s Day. I’m sure nobody missed this because it was trending everywhere on social media and there were news coverages about it too. I also read that US big players such as Google and Apple are joining forces to work towards their commitment in the Climate Change agreement. While Trump wanted out, it’s comforting to know that many US citizens are fighting his decisions and willing to come together for the purpose of making a better environment. But it saddens me to see that even environmental issues are highly influenced by politics when it is definitely every person’s responsibility to preserve and keep the environment in a healthy state. With so many challenges to protect our environment, the World Environment’s Day was indeed needed to bring people together and to instil awareness on the importance of keeping mother nature alive. People all over the world joined in celebrating the richness of earth by exploring nature and participating in environmental activities. Many organizations celebrated by holding conferences, events, competitions and setting trends on social media. It was really good to see everyone spirited about the environment and we must keep the momentum going. We can’t just celebrate for a day and expect the environment to heal on its own.

I also had a read on the passing of our Sumatran rhino in Malaysia. It is such a devastating news and with Puntung gone, Malaysia is left with only 2 Sumatran rhinos which is so close to extinction in Malaysia. Even in Indonesia, there are less than 100 Sumatran rhinos left. While Puntung’s death was to resolve it from going through suffering of chemotherapy and other pain, it is not doubt that the low number of Sumatran rhino population remains as a major concern for environmental workers in Malaysia. Protecting endangered species have always been a challenge in Malaysia especially when we are home to a diverse range of wildlife. Early last year, the news exploded when we lost more than 3 tigers within a month due to animal traps, accidents and poaching. That did not include other events, particularly animal trafficking and poaching that is constantly occuring not only in Malaysia but within the Southeast Asia region. While we don’t see the importance of protecting the wildlife, it is our duty to keep the balance in place. The wildlife is a source of contentment and happiness. It is in this world for reasons we might never know. But like every other creature on this planet, it is not our place to wipe them out so we can take over. They exist just like why the sky and sun exist. It is part of nature. The wildlife teaches us compassion and empathy on how to coexist in peace.

Apart from wildlife issues which are a constant worry, I’ve also been searching for ideas on how we can recycle things and remake them to be useful! While browsing through, I found a video about the typical paper cups we use to have hot drinks which are labeled as recyclable but often they are not recycled because of the high cost to remove a layer of wax from the cups. How surprising isn’t it ?! Of course when I get home I’ll be doing more research on that to fully understand the issue. I also found a few ideas that transforms plastic and old clothes to yarns so that it can be reused for weaving and knitting purposes. Since I love doing artsy stuff I had so much fun discovering all these ideas. I even made a few to-do list once I’m back at home. While this might not be contributing much to the amount of waste we humans generate every second, I really do hope that bit by bit we can instil awareness especially in Malaysia about the effects of wastage and how it pollutes our land, water, soil, air and many more. A polluted environment is definitely worrisome as it affects our health in general.

Also, I think this was old news as I read it a few months ago but there was a argument about the ban of plastic bags in Selangor, a state in Malaysia. While the ban of plastic bags was a common practice in other developed countries, not everyone took it well in Malaysia. The reaction towards this ban was also quite different. People were more willing to pay extra 20 cents to have the plastic bag for convenience. Since the ban was in place, the consumption of plastic bags for rubbish bins increased as well. The reason behind this was because many people used to recycle the plastic bags as waste bags but now they need to purchase as they can’t recycle the plastic bags anymore. While implementing ban for plastic bag had a good objective behind it, I think we should have also offered suggestions for solutions to the possible problems that comes with it. It is also important to educate why the ban of plastic bag is needed and how people can change their lifestyle to adapt to this new regulation. Alternative materials should be ready to act as substitute to plastic bags and we have to make it accessible for people to obtain them. Perhaps a short and long term campaign should have taken place so that it creates a sense of responsibility and encouragement for people to adhere to the new change in regulation. The objective of the ban is definitely a good effort but we could definitely improve more of creating awareness and getting more people to willingly pledge to the ban rather than enforce it to them.

With all the readings I did while in Budapest, it occured to me tht although we do have people fighting for the environment in Malaysia, it is not enough. It is not only protecting wildlife but also in our daily lifestyle. Although it is not easy, we could try to slowly change by constantly educating ourselves. Businesses and large organizations play an important role in shaping the lifestyle of our community too. It is so important to create awareness where possible and to learn about sustainability whenever we can.

world ocean day

Today the world celebrates our ocean. Some of you may not know what is it about ocean that we are talking today. With the rise in issues regarding endangered wildlife, the marine is similarly affected too.

This is why United Nation along with other organizations started campaigned for marine life, dedicating today to those who have fought hard to preserve the ocean in its natural habitat and also to ensure that people are aware of the efforts made to keep the ocean in a well balanced eco system.

The ocean is no longer a habitat for fishes and plants. It is where tonnes and tonnes of waste are being disposed of, making it their home as well. For some reason, although many people realize that items such as plastic bottles are not biodegradable they still throw it as how they wish hoping that it will magically walk to the bin itself or will be carried away somewhere and is not of any concern anymore. Such little things that we find it tedious to do so we take the easy way instead causes harm to others and in this case, the aqua habitat. A recent video was made viral about how a group of youth were helping the turtle by taking out a long stick that was stuck in its nose causing breathing difficulties. There are many cases we are familiar with about finding plastic bags and all sorts of rubbish in a fish’s body and yet we fail to reflect that it is us that are causing the problems. With the change in climate and rise in temperature, not many marine life area able to cope with these changes. Some are even struggling to find a place to call home especially those animals on the north pole. We are consuming more and more seafood as the population grows but at the rate things are going, it is not surprising that we might have a shortage of seafood in few years time. Marine life are having difficulties surviving in the ocean as they have to adapt to the change in climate, facing risk of getting tangled by the rubbish human dispose in the ocean, not to forget they have to face the risk of living surrounded by the toxic waste we pour in the ocean as if the toxic waste is fertilizer.

Many efforts have been done over the years to conserve marine life, but it is not enough. We can conserve so much, but unless we find solutions to the problem there is always the risk of losing the ocean to human destruction. We will be losing yet another habitat to human’s greed for technology and development. It is no doubt that we are able to coexist with the ocean, the forest and not having to destroy another habitat in order for us to consume them. We just need to find the balance in restoring back those that was taken by us humans.

If you think that a small change will not affect the world, you are wrong. There are many things that we can do to help save habitat. It all comes down to mentality and values we practice. As a parent, teach your children to recycle and DIY are always the best weekend activity. It’s creative and it helps for children brain development too. Don’t just talk, show them how it is done and make them do it with you too. Soon it will be a daily routine similar like how we brush teeth in the morning or wake up at 7 am on weekdays. Get them involved at a young age. There are more than just academic education that we have to teach the younger generation. For some reasons, according to some culture in Malaysia if we are to enter the forest we should not simply cut down any tree or even their branches. In fact we should not harm any animal unless for food purposes. Although the advice never taught us why but simply a rule, it helped us understand that other beings deserve respect and we are nobody’s superior on this earth. Teachers and guardians can engage kids with field trip such as clean the beach campaign. Instead of encouraging the kids to focus on purely technological invention, why not help them create eco-friendly technology to sustain the world. The most important thing is to get yourself educated with issues concerning the earth. Get involved more in efforts to protect and conserve the nature. It is after all a joint effort that is required by every one of us living on this planet. We are in no position to be ignorant as this is part of our responsibility. The world came in an order that is perfect for survival. It provided us what we need and over the centuries have changed us from the stone age era to the modern era. Without these lands and nature we are so eager to destroy for wealth and better future opportunities, we wouldn’t have survived in the first place.

So today, make a pledge and change the way you view this world. It is not ours to do as we wish and it is our duty to keep it in balance. Be more considerate of your surrounding and help conserve mother nature.

#worldoceansday

Will you take action or simply look?

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This was taken from a charity organisation based in UK called World Animal Protection. Can you see what’s the problem with this picture ?
I would have just shake my head if you ask me the same question a few years back. But that was before I found out how animals are treated with such cruelty behind this act they put on as a show for entertainment. It’s where the problem lies, not many people are aware how these animals are treated when they are not being paraded. When I was younger I thought they were treated well and that is why they become tame, because they are loyal to the owners for taking them in. I got excited every time I am close up with a tiger but it striked my mind how weird it is to see a tiger so passive, so emotionless; unlike the glorious and fierce animals they should be by nature. It got me thinking how these tigers are “tamed” and the articles I found about it was horrifying. It is almost impossible to imagine what kind of humans can afford to use such torturous methods just so they can take advantage of the animals’ uniqueness and make money out of it. It’s a shame, really. While some people find it normal to beat up animals and starve them so they listen to you, I personally think that it is wrong and unethical. There are no doubt other ways to find a source of income and although this world can be harsh without money, the animals don’t belong to you or anyone and they shouldn’t be used for your own benefit.

I am not sure if you’ve heard of the ‘Water for Elephant’ movie, the main star was Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon but that movie showed me how animals was living behind the scenes. I remembered I almost stopped watching the movie when the other guy was hitting the elephant over and over again so the elephant gets into training. All for a circus performance which was disgusting.

If you asked me a few years ago, I would have gotten excited if I get to pat a tiger. But today, not anymore. I would rather watch a tiger from far, in their natural form; a fierce & glorious predator. After all, that is how a tiger should be. And that is why they are beautiful.

So say no to animal cruelty. They should be free and not chained. I am supporting this motion to make Tripadvisor stop promoting such cruel entertainment and you can also make a difference by visiting the World Animal Protection website to sign the petition.

Earth – our responsibility

It’s amazing how we are all uniting and celebrating Earth Day today ! Today we celebrate those who have been dedicating their time and energy working on how to make this planet greener and healthier. I truly respect people who’s constantly taking a step further to ensure that our earth is well taken care and you know it’s not an easy job to do so.

Let’s not forget that it’s not only today that we celebrate Earth Day, but it is every day and night regardless of where you are on this planet. Do the little things or the big things just so we know that there are people, Earth warriors still fighting for mother nature. There are many issues related to the environment and nature that needs your attention, some are alarming issues that we cannot ignore – climate change, wastage level, animal abuse, haze and so on. All you got to do is just type it up on google and you will find lots and lots of problems we are facing today. These problems can only be solved if you, together with other people unite and work as a team creating awareness to the world and make a difference. Today and every day it’s about the earth. And the earth is our home. We wouldn’t want to keep our house in a dusty, disgusting condition right ? So treat Earth right. Make every difference you can with the power you have in your hands.

Happy Earth Day ! 🌏

P/s : here are some photos of nature I took during my travels around the world 🙂

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T for tiger !

I am pretty sure most of you ( at least my friends and family ) knows that I am all about tiger conservation. It’s only recently that I started help raise awareness using my social media and this is also one of the reasons why I decided to create this blog so I can reach out to more people and hopefully continue update about the wildlife conservation that’s happening around the world.

Unlike Nepal, Malaysia is still struggling to provide a proper tiger sanctuary for the Malayan tigers. At the moment, we have about 250 – 300 tigers that we are aware of in Malaysia. I’ve always loved the cat family. They are fierce and strong but at the same time so graceful. What made me actively follow updates on tigers in Malaysia was due to several tragedy that happened recently in February. You can checkout the devastating article here . I took a step further now that I am capable of helping by doing a fundraiser under WWF Malaysia. Now, now don’t think just because you are 12 years old or younger you are not capable of making a change. Everyone can make a difference. There are many ways you can help and I believe for young kids out there, the best place to start is your school. Get everyone including your teachers to be involved. My advice is dream big, start early 🙂 Okay so back to the fundraiser. The fundraiser lasted for a month and my target was MYR500. While I was happy that I’ve exceeded my target within that one month, I believe we Malaysians can do better than that as individuals. Personally, I believe a certain amount should be given back to the society, especially mother nature since we utilize most of what they offer to us anyway.

Some of you must be thinking what good is the wildlife to the country ? We should focus more on our economy and inflation in Malaysia is so high people got other worries besides donating to the wildlife.

Yes, inflation can be a bit scary especially if you’re supporting a big family. But the good thing about contributing to tiger preservation and other wildlife is that, not only we teach our nation empathy and that there has to be a balance between the wellbeing of the environment and economy but also we create a huge range of job opportunities. Yes, more work for our citizens. So why not support such good cause ? The economy is not the only thing that can create job opportunities. Let’s say we increase the tiger population in Malaysia, don’t you think we will need more vet to take care of the growing population ? We will need more rangers and don’t forget that this job also allows more ‘orang asli’ who are comfortable living in the forest to enter the work field. Check out this article about how the translocated elephants are disturbing the ‘orang asli’ and what is the possible solution to this problem. It is possible that we can use their expertise and provide jobs for them at the same time. We will have job opportunities for researches and boost outdoor tourism as well. Many people love Malaysia and its tropical season. The beach, the sun, the forest and all that exotic adventure; people love it. All of this opportunities just for preserving our nature, I say why not ? And yes although it may take millions and a long time to achieve this, I believe that if all citizens of Malaysia care for wildlife preservation this is not something impossible. If you think donating MYR 5 has no effect, think again. If there are about 500,000 citizens donating the same amount, we would have a total of MYR 2,500,000 worth of donation. Imagine what we can achieve with that amount of money provided it is allocated efficiently. I think it’s all worth it and I hope this changes your perception towards donating for the wildlife too.

Our donation will be an investment to the country and it’s a long term investment that brings positive outcomes.

But I mostly do it because I am happy knowing that I try my best giving back to the society by helping those who needs help, especially the animals since we are responsible for them. I believe it’s sort of a therapy for me knowing that my actions will help others for a good cause. If you believe in preserving tigers and that we should take action in Malaysia so no more tigers are sacrificed due to accidents and poaching, sign this petition that was created by MYCat a while ago . Also , checkout this inspiring article by WWF UK about how they converted a person from being an animal poacher to a ranger !

If you wish to support tiger conservation in Malaysia , there are a few non-profit organizations but my personal favourite are these two :
WWF Malaysia
MyCat

You can also check out the latest article about a conference that is happening soon in the effort to double up the number of tigers. This is a good piece of article with tiger statistics in several countries.

There are many ways you can help; one of it is to be a volunteer or the easiest is donate. As for me, I do a monthly donation to WWF UK by adopting a tiger. I pay about £3 a month ( it’s not even a huge amount, trust me ) and the fund goes to the tigers in Chitwan National Park, Nepal. But if you want to be more specific and contribute to the wildlife in Malaysia you can also fundraise like what I did since I’m right now in the UK and volunteering option in Malaysia is not possible when I’m thousand miles away. Of course there are also similar adoption scheme under WWF Malaysia if you prefer to do monthly donation which is equally good. If you want to do a fundraising event, you can have a look at this web , it is a very popular fundraising web for individuals n charities . It takes literally 5 minutes to set up a profile and people don’t have to worry if the money goes to other people or the charity organisation because it goes straight to the charity’s fund. You don’t have to deal with any bank transactions, everything is pretty much taken care of. It’s secure n safe too. Definitely a good web to encourage more people to donate. There is also another type of fundraising where you set up a stall , sell things and donate the money to charity which is amazing too because you can reach out to more people and help create awareness at the same time.

Together, I believe we can make a difference in Malaysia for our wildlife. Here’s a photo that was posted during World Wildlife Day. This photo is so impactful for me and I hope it does for you too #saveourtiger

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