01 Dec 2016: The Sustainability Shift – Refashioning Malaysia’s Future

Following the successful launch on 29 November of its latest publication The Sustainability Shift: Refashioning Malaysia’s Future in Kuala Lumpur, Areca Books hosted the Penang launch on 4 December with Emeritus Professor Mohd. Nordin Hasan, Director, International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU–ROAP).

About the book
The threats of environmental degradation, climate change and imminent ecological collapse faced by humanity today demand an urgent response from individuals, industries and national governments. Yet, in most countries, national policies are still based on fragmentary thinking and unsound science. Malaysia, a resource-rich upper-middle income economy, is no exception. It will certainly make a difference globally if Malaysia – home to important tropical rainforests with mega-diverse species richness – can make a transition to sustainability.

Malaysia faces a spectrum of institutional challenges as it grapples with this transition. Instead of looking at environmental problems through a compartmentalised perspective, it is essential to understand the common root causes of an overarching unsustainability. This book shows how, by reforming its institutional hardware, software and ‘heartware’, Malaysia can nurture an inclusive, sustainable society and also benefit economically by greening its growth.

DATE & VENUE
Date: Sunday, 4 December 2016, 2.30pm
Venue: Level 1, The Star Pitt Street, 15 Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling, Penang

PROGRAMME
2.30pm: Arrival of guests
3.00pm: Welcoming remarks by Khoo Salma & Abdur-Razzaq Lubis, Areca Books
3.05pm: Launch of the book by Emeritus Professor Mohd. Nordin Hasan,
Director, International Council for Science Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ICSU–ROAP)
3.20pm: Photo session
3.25pm: Talk by Dr Adnan A Hezri, author, The Sustainability Shift
4.05pm: Panel discussion by ecologists/environmentalists Dato’ Dr Leong Yueh Kwong
& Datin Dr Kam Suan Pheng
4.20pm: Q & A
5.00pm: Book signing & tea break
5.30pm: End
Limited seats only, please RSVP to: arecabooks@gmail.com

About the author
Adnan A Hezri is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Sciences Malaysia. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia and an Honorary Associate Professor at the Australian National University.