In 1999 there were a series of meetings, some organized by the Earth Council and others by Soka Gakkai, to discuss the Earth Charter with key stakeholders of Malaysia. An important contributor to the Earth Charter drafting process was Ambassador Razali, the former UN General Assembly President and a special advisor to the Prime Minister.
In 2000, Soka Gakkai Malaysia organized a forum called “Earth Charter: Its contribution to Mankind in the 21st Century”, with approximately 1,200 participants. During that time, the Local Agenda 21 Committee organized several training workshops on the principles of the Earth Charter.
In 2001, the Earth Charter Malaysia Committee was formed. It has organized seminars to promote the Earth Charter principles, and also training workshops for local community leaders. The group translated the Earth Charter into local languages and distributed it to schools and College Libraries.
Under the leadership of the Sabah Environmental Protection Association (SEPA), several civil society organizations from Malaysia
organized what they called Himpunan Hijau 109 or GREEN GATHERING in Kuantan on 9 October 2011. This was a massive event for peace and the environment, where over 5,000 people attended to endorse the Earth Charter and commit to make use of it in their areas of activities.
Also in 2011, “Seeds of Hope: Visions of Sustainability, Steps toward Change” exhibition featured the Earth Charter as part of its message. This exhibition was held from 9 April till 1 May, 2011 at Wisma Kebudayaan Soka Gakkai Malaysia (SGM) in Kuala Lumpur, as one of the main activities for SGM’s Month of Sustainable Development in April 2011. More than 3,400 visitors, including many school children, toured the exhibition which was opened to public for 23 days.
In 2008, Earth Charter Malaysia organized a series of lectures with more than 1,000 local community leaders. They produced and distributed EC materials (especially brochures), organized a drawing competition on the EC Logo for school children, and have sent press statements to local newspapers to call on the people to endorse the Charter. On August 29th, 2008 a Grand Cultural Festival Night was organized to celebrate the nation’s 51st Independence Day, the Earth Charter was part of the event.
In addition, Earth Charter Malaysia began an email campaign in 2008 to call on Municipal Councilors and politicians in the country to endorse and use the Earth Charter as a reference and ethical framework for decision making and policy development.
- Earth Charter Malaysia