In the serene setting of Taman Tugu, Kuala Lumpur, a significant event unfolded as Dr. Mike Rands, a distinguished environmental scientist and conservationist, shared his profound insights on crucial environmental issues. The event, titled “A Breakfast Talk with Professor Dr. Mike Rands,” was co-hosted by Think City and Yayasan Hasanah, drawing an audience from various sectors, including government ministries, agencies, and civil society organizations.
Dr. Rands’ Call to Action on Climate Emergency
During his talk, Dr. Rands, who is also the Master of Darwin College and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Cambridge, delved into the alarming realities of the climate emergency. He highlighted the urgent need for global attention and action, citing extreme weather events and rising sea levels as undeniable evidence. “From extreme weather events to rising sea levels, the evidence is clear, and it demands our attention and action,” he emphasized, calling for an immediate global response.
The Path to a Net-Zero Future
Dr. Rands underscored the importance of achieving a net-zero future, stressing the need for commitments and actions at all levels—national, business, NGOs, and individual. He stated, “This collective effort is the only way forward to avert a catastrophic climate emergency.”
Urgent Decarbonisation and Transformative Changes
The talk also saw Dr. Rands outlining the necessary steps for decarbonisation, involving major transformative changes across economic growth, human development, environment, biodiversity, and stronger environmental legislation.
The United Nations Climate Change Conference: A Pivotal Moment
As COP28 in Dubai draws near, Dr. Rands urged participating countries to set clear and ambitious targets for 2030, aiming to reduce biodiversity loss and implement more robust measures.
Think City and Yayasan Hasanah: Aligning with Dr. Rands’ Vision
Hamdan Abdul Majeed, Managing Director of Think City, reflected on Dr. Rands’ insights, aligning them with Think City’s mission to enhance urban liveability and climate resilience. Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari of Yayasan Hasanah also resonated with Dr. Rands’ call for actionable solutions, highlighting their ongoing environmental efforts in Malaysia.
Dr. Rands’ Asian Tour: Connecting Science and Community
Concluding his impactful talk, Dr. Rands continues his tour across Asia, including Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, aiming to connect with Darwin College alumni and partners in science and technology.
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