By Akash Suri
Embassy Kuala Lumpur concluded Planet Us, its year-long campaign to address the climate crisis through sustainable action, Feb. 26. An interactive, educational exhibit, Planet Us informed and inspired more than 7,000 Malaysian youth to tackle the climate crisis through hands-on activities aimed at leading more sustainable lifestyles. The exhibit traveled through six Malaysian cities, culminating its journey in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, where it was shown at both a local mall and at a local forest preserve popular with hikers and families. In each city, Planet Us included activities such as panel discussions, upcycling workshops, and beach clean-ups.
Planet Us emphasized three climate actions for sustainability: conserving natural resources, preserving the environment, and using technological innovations to address climate challenges. It included a comprehensive website and online game that foster better sustainability practices, including daily steps people can take to reduce waste.
Planet Us also incorporated a nationwide upcycling competition called “Closing the Loop.” Winning concepts included a waste segregation system using machine learning technologies, a sustainable form of upcycled soil, and an upcycled above ground pool. In his remarks at the Kuala Lumpur launch of Planet Us, U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia Brian D. McFeeters reiterated that combating the climate crisis is one of the highest priorities of the United States government, and that programs like Planet Us are designed to empower youth and provide them with a platform to promote sustainable lifestyle choices.
Akash Suri is a public diplomacy officer at Embassy Kuala Lumpur.