For a long time, environmental activists fought a lonely battle against environmental degradation. Then the Internet and social media arrived and the green message spread like wildfire to a new generation.
Not enough attention has been given to the environmental awakening; so I thought I should write something for IPS outlining how Malaysia’s green movement, Himpunan Hijau, was born.
PENANG, Malaysia – Three years ago, Sherly Hue lived the life of a typical career woman in Kuala Lumpur, working as a marketing executive promoting building materials. But one day, she received a phone call from her worried parents that would forever change her life.
Hue’s parents, who were looking after her four-month-old son in Bukit Koman, a small village of 300 families in Raub, in the central state of Pahang, requested that he be relocated to Kuala Lumpur. A gold mining company had started operations in Raub and her parents felt it was no longer safe for the baby to remain in the village.