Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Infographics for Green Drinks KL: Waste Management - Views from Different Perspectives



Greetings from Green Drinks KL!

Here is a mini summary on what were discussed in Green Drinks KL: Waste Management - Views from Different Perspectives.




     Interested to know more? We have newly created a YouTube channel for it! 

     If you wish to connect with more environmental enthusiasts or learn more about environmental issues, do join us for our next Green Drinks KL networking event!

Theme: Impact of Film on Forest, Water and Climate Change
Date: 26 October 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: White Box, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, KL

Should you wish to register, you can sign up here:

Thank you and have a great day ahead!


Warmest regards,

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Green Drinks KL team

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Green Drinks KL: Impact of Film on Forest, Water and Climate Change


Greetings from Green Drinks KL!

We thank you for attending Green Drinks KL: Waste Management – Views from Different Perspectives! Your presence has helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit have helped make our time together both productive and fun.

     We hope that our diverse and dynamic group of speakers were able to shed some light on the current situation and steps that can be done to manage our waste properly. Our speaker, Dr Theng has shared, based on a study done by him, 70% of Malaysian has the awareness of recycling. However, as all the speakers have agreed upon, the change of behaviour has to be started with each individual – us and do not stop once we have started. Rene Fu has stressed out that, “We can have 100 excuses that individual effort doesn’t work… We only need 1 reason to start”. And to start being green, Prof Ezlin mentioned that we need a group of people to do it together, otherwise it won’t work. As for She Mei, she reminded us to always try our best to practice our consumer rights on waste.

     For our next Green Drinks KL, we have collaborated with EcoKnights to have our Green Drinks KL session in conjunction with the 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.


The event will tentatively be as followed:
Theme: Impact of Film on Forest, Water and Climate Change
Date: 26 October 2018 (Friday)
Time: 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Venue: White Box, Publika, Solaris Dutamas, KL

     Films with an environmentalism theme have increasingly be released to the public. Films like "WALL-E" and "Serengeti Shall Not Die" play an important role in creating awareness among the public and ultimately inspire audiences to take action on the challenges faced by our planet. How much impact has such films gives to the public? How do film makers make their message heard across?

     Join us in understanding more on these in the next Green Drinks KL. In the next Green Drinks KL, we have collaborated with EcoKnights to have our Green Drinks KL session in conjunction with the 11th Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival.

     For your information, Eco Knights is a non-profit environmental organisation that focused in sustainable community development. Every year, Eco Knights organises this festival to facilitate building a nation of ecologically conscious businesses, individuals and communities through on-ground activities and film screenings focused on critical environmental issues and stories.

     Follow us as we will post up more updates from time to time! We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with Green Drinks KL.

     For those who weren’t able to make it the other day, we have newly created a YouTube channel for it! (See link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg4O5vbpPRYQk6pHS6Dscpw)

*Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending. 


Warmest regards,

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Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks KL
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+60 11-625-47336 (GREEN)

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Green Drinks KL is a bimonthly gathering (held on *first Thursday of the month*) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks KL. Cheers!




Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Green Drinks KL: Waste Management - Views From Different Perspectives

Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

In the previous event, the theme was “Open Mic”. It was aimed to gather feedback from the smaller crowd on environmental issues that concerned the people the most. One of the topics that received the loudest voice is WASTE MANAGEMENT, and hence, it will be our next theme.

Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme : Waste Management - Views From Different Perspectives
Date : 2 August 2018 ( First Thursday)
Time : 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue : The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral) https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q


Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-drinks-kl-waste-management-views-from-different-perspectives-tickets-47911131484


WASTE is unwanted or unusable material, substances, or by-products. We have all heard about 3R previously, and now, there are 5R! Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. What can we, as an individual, do to manage our waste properly? Zero waste and minimalism lifestyle. Is it possible and is it feasible? What happens after waste has been dumped into the rubbish bin?

Let us explore and ponder on these in the next Green Drinks KL. We have not finalize the speakers yet. Therefore, if you have any recommendation, feel free to contact us!

*Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending. Also, by verifying the registration, students will be given 20% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification, while everyone else will be given a 10% discount, courtesy of The Gravy Factory! You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.


Warmest regards,

Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks KL
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+60 11-625-47336 (GREEN)

___________________________________________________


Green Drinks KL is a monthly gathering (held on *first Thursday of every month*) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks KL. Cheers!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Post Write-Up for Green Drinks KL : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!


On 3 May 2018, Green Drinks KL saw the gathering of 15 public members from various professional fields such as business, consultancy, journalism, oil and gas, waste management, fashion and others. The environmental networking event which was held on the first Thursday of every month at The Gravy Factory, Nu Sentral also attracted postgraduate students who wanted to be part of the solution instead of the problem to the environment.

The theme of the month was “Open Mic”, which was relatively unique as the host aimed to gather feedback from the smaller crowd on environmental issues that concerned the people the most. Subsequently, the monthly theme of Green Drinks would be customised based on the interest of the majority.



“We would like everyone to form a group that has a common environmental interest and discuss on why that issue concerns you and what we can do about it”, said Bernard, the event host.  

Shayley, an urbanite that lived in a condominium was frustrated by the amount of waste that she had generated as she decluttering one day. She realised that she owned many unnecessary items and began to be aware of her own lifestyle. Her realisation then motivated her to take responsibilities over the waste generated by practising recycling, if not rot (for organic waste) whenever possible.

“I freeze all my food scrap and bring it to a farm owned by an NGO called Free Tree Society for composting. But then and again, it may not be practical for me or other to do it every day”, said Shayley during group discussion.



On the other hand, a participant, named Elodie, was concerned with the use of plastic in packaging as such disposable or single-use plastic is choking our earth day-by-day.

“Currently my team and I are trying to promote alternative packaging which uses paper instead of plastic, to Mamak stall, a popular street-side restaurant by the locals for food and hangouts. We know that paper packaging is still not the best solution, hence we are currently still looking for better option.”

Another group of participants gathered to discuss issues related to trees: deforestation, maintenance of urban trees, appreciation for more green coverage on earth. Nahvin, an environment enthusiast - though deemed himself for working in the most polluting industry, oil and gas - was frustrated seeing how trees were chopped instead of pruned in the urban areas. He also yearned for businesses to reduce usage of paper by replacing conventional receipts to e-receipts. Sanjayala, a sustainability consultant, thought that greeneries are important for serenity and promoting positive effects on our mental health.



The sharing from representatives of each group had well benefited others to learn more and contribute ideas to help others in taking action. Green Drinks KL this round had created better engagement due to the smaller number of attendees as compared to the last month’s event which witnessed the participation of more than 50 people. Some were really delighted by new knowledge that they acquired. For example, Shayley, after expressing her frustration of not being able to compost at her condominium, received feedback from another participant that she was able start her own composting even in her own high rise home. Subsequently, they shared contact to keep in touch.

Another participant, Amirah, who is into the fashion industry, confessed that she was clueless on what Green Drinks is about but felt enlightened after Simpson, co-host of Green Drinks, explained to her on the background. She even rated 15 out of 10 scales that she would attend this event again. To further inspire and encourage her environmental interest, she was presented with a 100% organic cotton-made Earth's Gift tee shirt by Nukleus as a gift.



In just mere two hours of meeting a group of unfamiliar people, Green Drinks enables like-minded people to connect and build new collaboration. If you wish to connect with more environmental enthusiasts or learn more about environmental issues, do join us for our next Green Drinks KL networking event!

Date: 7 June 2018
Time: 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Venue: The Gravy Factory, NU Sentral
Theme: Waste Management 








Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Green Drinks KL : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!


Greetings from Green Drinks KL Team!

In the previous event, you have heard from us on the formation of Green Drinks KL Season 2. This time, we want to hear from you!

Come, grab a drink/food and mingle with environmentally-minded people. Details as below:

Theme : Open Mic - We want to hear from you!
Date : 3 May 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 7.00 – 9.30 pm
Venue : The Gravy Factory, Level 5, Nu Sentral (Beside KL Sentral) https://goo.gl/maps/gXctoAQ6T8q

This month, we will have an open mic concept. As we had noticed, most of the attendees are professionals, people in the field, youth leaders and so on, we would like to hear your experience.

Anyone will be allowed to share his or her experience, why you do it, and how can it be improved, in let's say, 3 minutes. By the end of the session, we would like to conduct a discussion on what topic or focus does everyone hope to have in the upcoming Green Drinks KL.

*Please register at Eventbrite responsibly so that we could know the estimated number of people that will be attending, at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/green-drinks-kl-open-mic-we-want-to-hear-from-you-tickets-45423673430

Also, by verifying the registration, students will be given 20% discount for the drink and/or food you ordered, courtesy of the generous owner. Just bring your valid student card for verification, while everyone else will be given a 10% discount, courtesy of The Gravy Factory! You may cancel the registration if you are unable to make it to the event.


Warmest regards,
Mr Simpson Tan
CEO of Green Drinks KL
simpsontan@greendrinkskl.org
+6 011-625-47336 (GREEN)

___________________________________________________

Green Drinks KL is a monthly gathering (held on *first Thursday of every month*) as an informal international networking initiative to connect environmentally minded people and professionals. It is a simple event with no formality. The main goal is to have some valuable conversations in an informal setting.

The Gravy Factory is located at Nu Sentral, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, and it is accessible by public transport, namely LRT, MRT, Monorail, KTM and ERL. So let’s reduce our carbon footprint where possible! The Gravy Factory has basic supplier Halal certification and no alcohol will be served here. We welcome friends from all walks of life to join the event. Besides, they have vegetarian choices too!

For more information, please visit www.greendrinkskl.org or www.facebook.com/groups/51963358529

Everyone invites someone else along, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organising network.

See you at Green Drinks KL. Thank you.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Lessons from the ones who started Green Drinks KL

Hi guys, the post write-up on our very first session is finally here! We decided to give a summary and the things we learned from the event. Hope you enjoyed it.

     People come and go. Just like people, Green Drinks KL had started and ended. With every hopes of bringing back this platform, a group of young enthusiasts decides to bring Green Drinks KL back. So here we are, at the Gravy Factory in NU Sentral, Kuala Lumpur, on 29 March 2018, all ready to kick-start our first Green Drinks KL season 2 with the theme, "Looking back, looking forward".

A good turnout for our first Green Drinks KL session

Simpson giving a short speech
Bernard interviewing Michael, the owner of The Gravy Factory, NU Sentral

"We need to inspire people with the opportunities that comes with the sustainable lifestyle."
Matthias Gelber

Matthias Gelbert sharing his thoughts

Be realistic
We are heading toward the sixth extinction as our previous generation failed to prevent it from happening. We need to realize what is happening right now. So what superpowers we need to save the world right now?

Inertia
The biggest force that makes us change is inertia. It is the force that let us pursue the things we want to make a difference. However, we need to know when to give up when we need to give up as well.

Make green a choice of living
We need to change our perspective of happiness. Happiness should stem from dematerialization, experiences and connections with other people. If all of us set going green as a new and exciting trend, we will all have a deeper sense of happiness.

Make green a choice of profitability
We need to show the younger generation that green is profitable. We can try doing creative ways like converting electricity bills into real carbon credits and tokens to show that going green is financially beneficial.

Joining an activist group
Joining a group of active youths allow us to brainstorm ideas on how to make our voice heard in the public. Not only that, we will gain lots of experience and blooming friendships along the way.


     All in all, our dear veterans accentuated on the role of younger generation in making the world a more sustainable place to live in. So please take note future eco-leaders! We cannot change our past but we can change our future. And definitely, like what Simpson mentioned, the end goal is to be happy. No matter what we want to do, we need to know what and why we want to do it. That way, we will have a purpose and inertia will take place.

A beautiful dance performed by Jennifer Lai

Khairun sharing her experience on becoming an activist
"Don't call me uncle" -Steve












     With that, networking session began and we concluded our first session for Green Drinks KL season 2. Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, we are proud to announce that Green Drinks KL is officially back! See you guys next month on 3 May 2018 and do follow us for more exciting news to come.


Group photo session


Friday, March 23, 2018

Meet Our Panellists

From our last post: http://www.greendrinkskl.org/2018/03/green-drinks-is-back.html
Our panellists are coming from different background. Here, we would like to have a brief introduction about them.

Source: www.greenmanspeaks.com 

Matthias Gelber is a Co-Founder of Maleki GmbH, a German company specialising in high performance, low carbon footprint construction materials. Matthias also serves as an Environmental Chief Officer of New Era Energy, a company which using the blockchain technology to enable a decentralized system to increase transparency and credibility, and to create a global benchmark for emission recording and reporting. Dubbed as the greenest man on earth, Matthias is an accomplished speaker and trainer on environmental issues and loves giving green talks to corporates, government organisations and schools in the South East Asian region.

Image result for steve mccoy counterpoint
Source: www.aseanaffairs.com
Steve McCoy is the Founder and Principal of Counterpoint, a consultancy firm giving support services on sustainability for the Corporate, Government and Non-profit sectors. Steve loves creating 'aha' experiences around the business case for sustainability and translating visionary strategies into actionable steps to close the gap between good intentions and performance.

Khairun Nisa Mohamed Zabidi is currently working with PwC Malaysia's sustainability team as a Sustainability Consultant in corporate responsibility, sustainability reporting and social and environmental advisory for the Southeast Asian region. Khairun Nisa interest and expertise centres on CSR, green public policy and building capacity for the mitigation and adaptation of climate change. In the past, she co-founded the Malaysian Youth Climate Justice Network (now the MYD) and zero-waste social enterprise the Recovr Initiative.