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Green growth gurus: Jasmin (left) and Xiandi will be at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, from tomorrow to promote Malaysia’s green initiatives. Green growth gurus: Jasmin (left) and Xiandi will be at Expo 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, from tomorrow to promote Malaysia’s green initiatives.

PETALING JAYA - As Malaysia unveils its glittering country pavilion at the Expo 2017 at Astana tomorrow, two eager beavers will stand out.

They are Jasmin Irisha Jim Ilham, 23, and Xiandi Ooi, 20, who were both anointed as Malaysia’s “Green Growth Gurus” after winning an online contest organised by the Energy, Green Technology and Water Ministry (Kettha).

They will be telling the story of how Malaysia is choosing the sustainable way as it seeks to grow its economy in front of a global audience converging at Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, at an exposition with the theme “Future Energy”.

Both of them sport impeccable green credentials, with Jasmin having played an instrumental role with like-minded friends to promote a cycling culture within the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus (UNMC).

“The first step towards saving the world begins with you,” said Jasmin, who is credited with co-founding the Bicycle Project at UNMC where she obtained her degree in environmental science.

She is actively involved in green initiatives, and has profound interest in climate change and urban studies.

Her recent involvement was with the Malaysian Youth Delegation to COP22 Climate Change Conference at Marrakesh, Morocco, last year.

“My main message is that as individual, as young people, that our actions, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can create significant impact elsewhere, such as the ‘butterfly effect’.

“For example, if you choose to take away your coffee in a flask, you reduce waste generation, save landfill space, and cut carbon emissions,” said Jasmin.

Xiandi, who will soon enrol at China’s Peking University in September for her degree in philosophy, politics and economy, is a seasoned hand in mobilising youth, such as organising the Asia Pacific Model United Nations Conference here last July while studying for her A-Levels at Taylor’s.

“We have full responsibilities, whether we are at Astana or not. Our task is to mobilise people and to find out what youths from other countries are doing, and to spread the butterfly effect. Expo 2017 is the perfect platform to do so,” said Xiandi.

Kettha Minister Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili said: “These two bright young people will be part of the Malaysian delegation to carry our message to the world – especially among their millennial peers.

“I am confident we will enjoy great success at Expo 2017 as they are both full of zeal about our mission.”

Source: The Star Online | 9 June 2017

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