PSM Launches Climate Crisis Campaign 2020. Declare Climate Emergency!

PRESS STATEMENT PARTI SOSIALIS MALAYSIA 21ST JAN, 2020

In response to climate crisis, Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) passed a motion during 2017 National Congress conduct a study on reducing greenhouse gases. After in depth consultations with civil societies (CSOs) and PSM’s researchers in the last two years, PSM has completed a policy document to address several aspects of climate crisis.

In 2019 National Congress PSM passed a motion to launch a national campaign to address the urgent need to tackle climate change. Based on this document, PSM is launching a nationwide campaign demanding the government to “Declare Climate Emergency.”

Malaysia’s ‘business as usual‘ attitude is prevented from taking drastic but necessary measures to tackle the climate crisis.

Why we need to declare Climate Emergency Now?

  1. Deforestation is happening at an alarming rate, with land and natural resources under purview of the state, we are unable to regulate deforestation effectively.
  2. Our path to economic progress is unsustainable, with contradicting policies that demand exploitation of natural resources and preservation at the same time.
  3. Complete disregard for environmental effects by approving over-development Penang South Reclamation (PSR) is approved with ‘kelulusan bersyarat’.
  4. Failure by the government to reduce Malaysia’s absolute greenhouse gases emission.

Hence, PSM will launch “Declare Climate Emergency !” with the Phase 1 (January-2020 until May-2020) consisting of;

  1. First 10 Demands to six (6) Ministry which is crucial to reduce our GHG emission (letters sent to respective Ministries). Refer to Table 1 below.
  2. Social Media and mass media campaign to educate public about climate crisis.
  3. Conduct regional activities such as roadshow, forums and roundtables (refer Table 2) with communities, PSM branches, campuses and CSOs on GHG in;
    a. Seberang Perai, Penang
    b. Ipoh, Perak
    c. Pasir Gudang, Johor
  4. Call for action with members of public, grassroots and CSOs for Earth Day 2020.
  5. Political pressure for Pakatan Harapan to enact Declare Climate Crisis in Parliament.

Phase 2 will commence in other state(s) such as Pahang, Selangor, Kedah, Terengganu, Kelantan and Perlis.
PSM will be monitoring the progress of the First 10 Demands by respective ministries. PSM’s Climate Crisis Campaign 2020: “Declare Climate Emergency” was meant to empower grassroots and communities to push necessary change.

PSM calls upon the Pakatan Harapan led government to execute fast pace actions to reduce greenhouse gases to avoid catastrophic impact due climate crisis. Malaysia could only push developed and hypocritical nations after setting good example by becoming a carbon neutral nation.

Members of publics and organization who wish to get involved, volunteer and/or support could do so by contacting 019-4479734. Alternatively, follow Parti Sosialis Malaysia at our social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and website.

Issued by;

SHARAN RAJ
Central Committee
Bureau for Environment & Climate Crisis
Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)

21 January 2020.

One Comment Add yours

  1. ROBERT says:

    We need the rain forests to produce oxygen and clean the atmosphere to help us breathe. We also know that the earth’s climate can be affected, as well as the water cycle. Rainforests also provide us with many valuable medicinal plants, and may be a source of a cure from some deadly diseases. As well as the vivid beauty that comes with great diversity in plants and animals, rainforests also play a practical role in keeping our planet healthy. By absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing the oxygen that we depend on for our survival. The absorption of this CO2 also helps to stabilize the Earth’s climate. Rain forest lungs of the world.
    Effects of deforestation
    The loss of trees and other vegetation can cause climate change, desertification, soil erosion, fewer crops, flooding, increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and a host of problems for indigenous people.The Perak government has transformed 35,000 hectares of forest reserves into plantation forests. Of this, 7828 hectares have already been converted. The remaining 27172 hectares are in operation.Who will protect our forests for our children? It is clear that the government cannot leave it to protect our forests. For us, the public has an important role. 1. We must emphasize the government to cancel all plans to transfer 400 hectares Lands in the Kledang Saiong and Bukit Kinta Forest Reserves in Perak for forest plantations. 2. Rehabilitate or replanting 10 hectares of cleared land on the Bukit Kledang and gazette it as a Perak Forest Reserve.3. Establish a policy for the government to hold public consultations so that everyone can obtain general and civil social approvals. 4. Environmental Impact assessment (EIA) is the assessment of the environmental consequences (positive negative) of a plan, policy, program, or actual projects prior to the decision to move forward with the proposed action.Social impact assessment (SIA) is the process of identifying and managing the social impacts of industrial projects. It can also be applied to policies, plans and programmes. SIA is used to predict and mitigate negative impacts and identify opportunities to enhance benefits for local communities and broader society.What are the action taken till now on the above said matter by PSM in collaborate with NGO’S and civil society.
    . Lodged official Police report against MB.
    Brought this matter to land office and forestry department.
    Signature drive campaign on the said issue.
    Submitted memorandum to Menteri Besar (Chief Minister).
    Submitted official complain at Town planning department of Ipoh City Hall

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