How to be an Environmentalist? My perspective upon My new Found Passion

So, really, how to be an Environmentalist? Often people actually ask me that, how did I get the energy to do all these things while I already have a handful of things. How? To be frank, I never really thought of it until when I stumble this article I was reading. Being passionate in Environment is not what I define of, it could be a layman’s term but I would say it’s about Environmental Ethnics. Many times I would reply, ” No, it’s not about me being passion, it’s just what we are supposed to be, environmental ethics. We are lacking that, or to say, disappeared. My true passion is in Architecture and helping people to achieve their dreams.” But yeah I have been actively involved in these activities I guess, didn’t expect to have conferences from Canada or Indonesia to invite me to join them with all expense except air flight covered. And now in this stage for BYEE competition. So.? How to be an Environmentalist?

I was reading a post by David Suzuki HERE. Hereby I will quote some phrase and some input later.

“Follow your heart. Do what you love most and pursue it with passion.”

Environmentalism isn’t a profession or discipline; it’s a way of seeing our place in the world. It’s recognizing that we live on a planet where everything, including us, is exquisitely interconnected with and interdependent on everything else.

For most of human existence, we were hunter-gatherers who understood how deeply embedded in and utterly dependent on nature we were. Until we underwent the massive transformation from agrarian life to big-city dwelling, people knew that we were part of nature and needed nature for survival.

We tend to think of environmentalists as folks concerned about nature or an endangered species or threatened ecosystem. Environmentalists are accused of caring more for spotted owls or trees than people and jobs. That’s absurd. In seeing a world of interconnections, we understand that people are at the heart of a global ecocrisis and that genuine sustainability means also dealing with issues of hunger and poverty, of inequity and lack of justice, of terrorism, genocide, and war, because so long as these issues confront humanity, sustainability will be a low priority.

In our interconnected world, all of these issues are a part of the unsustainable path we are on. If we want to find solutions, we have to look at the big picture.

Dr. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author, and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation.  Learn more at

He basically sums up few important points here. We have to look at the bigger picture. You see, it’s always underrated, Environmentalist? What do you know and think of, at first sight, hug a tree? Go to the crowd? protest and sign petitions? Everything in this world has overlappings, we have got to see the bigger picture to know the long way of sustainability. That’s a very simple example of how Green Buildings concept came about in the Architecture today that was long practiced ago but like what David said, we underwent this transformation and didn’t feel that nature is a need to be part of us.

Another part is that Environmentalist is not a profession, I have seen numerous people doing their regard professions and still having time for their part-time NGOs and have been practicing these green habits into their daily lives and applications.

So came to think about it, I can type out a long story on how I came about in the next post, but all in all, it always started off with an event. It started off with my Shanghai Exchange. see more of the experience here at it’s where I experience to join the other 7 international interns in Shanghai to teach more than 3000 students about green energy. Then that’s where I felt that I could go further with it. And the more I read about the news today and books that provide irrefutable facts that where we are heading, I decided that something needs to be done, even with the least of it, I know i would be contributing. So that was the external push factor. While the Internal push factor? To know that I have something to do about in my life. You see, being an environmentalist is not a job, task, or a call, you can ask anyone in the KETTHA or green organization but not everyone will be ‘green’. They would still be a normal staff shaking legs in the office. Is our Minister of Kettha really green? I doubt so?

How to be an Environmentalist. The answer is. Walk the Talk. It’s NOT easy to walk the talk of going green in the world today. As long if you could, you could inspire more people than just saying out go green go green and shouting at the walls with those banners. Seriously. the fundamental is, do it within yourself. I could assure that’s hard for me because I’m trying to go for meatless Mondays and I’m even having a hard time. So be true to it. Stop wearing the Green Mask.

Well, an Environmentalist never really did exist for me, it’s just really a layman term. If I think I’m one of them, then I think I have yet to do enough, in fact I came to understand all of us with this ‘green fever’ will never have enough, I have not even really hit the headlines and say something about it, Well though in campus politics, while all the other contestants competing about having better student welfare speech, I made a stand in this perspective.

I unleashed the plan of making USM the first ever university in Malaysia to study Carbon Footprint indirectly by a daily university practice. I knew it was hard, everything was hard, but I came through a lot, and I think it’s fun. It’s not about being the odd to be an Environmentalist to be fun, but knowing that something doesn’t harm you and helping others and also helping the world. Why not? At least you have something to do with, not just waiting your days to pass by.

That’s the reason i have something to look forward to every morning i wake up. And every night when i head to bed, i know that i have done something at least.