What is Penang Climate Action Week?

Penang Climate Action Week 2019 is a programme of events aimed at creating public awareness on climate change, to promote sustainable production and consumption and to promote discourse on climate actions and solutions.

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Penang Climate Action Week Agenda


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Penang Climathon


Date: 16 November
Time: 10am – 10am
Venue: Bangunan UAB, George Town, Penang


Climathon is a year-round platform, with a powerful solutions-hackathon
at its core, translating climate action solutions into tangible projects, supporting climate-positive businesses and start-ups, and addressing local policy changes.

In partnership with Climate-KIC, Europe’s Leading Climate Innovation Initiative, participants will spend 24-hours competing in teams to produce climate action solutions specific to Penang: waste management for restaurants and street vendors; early warning system for floods; and plastic pollution in rivers.

The winning proposal will be submitted to the Global Awards where selected finalists from all over the world (announced in December 13, 2019) will be invited to the Global Awards Ceremony in January 31, 2020 with travel expenses paid by Climate-KIC.

Register today to join!




Penang Climate Action Week Launch & Climathon Penang Awards Ceremony


Date: 17 November
Time: 2pm
Venue: Bangunan UAB, George Town, Penang


Launch to be officiated by YB Jagdeep Singh Deo, Executive Councillor of the Penang State Government, followed by the awards ceremony to recognise winners from the Penang Climathon.

By invitation only.

Climate Change Exhibition

Date: 17 – 24 November
Time: 9am – 8pm
Venue: Bangunan UAB, George Town, Penang


An interactive exhibition to raise awareness about the reality of climate change, to encourage visitors to think about possible contributions to help address the problem, and to provide some feedback to identify future areas for intervention.

Information addressed include: global and local climate change, effects on the environment and biodiversity, climate actions, climate adaptation plans.

Free Admission.

From Policy to Practice

Date: 19 November
Time: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Venue: Bangunan UAB, George Town, Penang


A forum to share knowledge, experiences and lessons learned from policy makers and practitioners on how to build and strengthen resilient capacity for Penang in the face of climate change.

Topics & Speakers :

  • Penang Green Agenda: Making Penang Greener and more Sustainable by 2030 – Dr. Ng Shin Wei, Global Policy Asia Sdn Bhd
  • A Low Carbon, Zero Carbon City – En. Ahmad Zabri Mohd. Sarajudin, Seberang Prai City Council
  • Climate Resilient Communities – Hafiz Amirrol, MERCY Malaysia
  • The Penang Climate Adaptation Plan – Sofia Castelo / Murali Ram, Think City

Free admission. Register now to book your space.



Climate Change and You

Date: 19 November
Time: 8pm – 10pm
Venue: Bangunan UAB, George Town, Penang


A casual session to impart knowledge on the efforts of local climate advocates with regard to climate action and the practice of sustainable living, as well as to provide a networking platform for local activists and concerned members of the public.


Topics & Speakers:

  • Climate Change 101 – Justine Vaz, The Habitat Foundation
  • Zero Waste Lifestyle Journey – Melissa Tan, Zero Waste Advocate
  • Food Waste – Calvin Chan, Mushin Green Enterprise
  • Activism – Why We Need to Talk about Bio Diversity – Benjamin Ong, United Nations Development Programme

Film Screenings


A series of films have been curated by Think City and our partners to spark discussion on various levels about climate action and solutions.

Each film screening will be accompanied by a panel of speakers for a session of discussion after the screening. Some will feature the director/producer.

Venue: The Lounge, Ground Floor, Bangunan UAB, Gat Lebuh China, 10300, Penang


List of Films:

  • 18 Nov: Our Planet
  • 20 Nov: Sumatran Rhino
  • 21 Nov: Sunken Graves, River of Life Expedition, A Plastic Ocean & Documentaries on Penang Rivers Awareness Project.
  • 22 Nov: Living the Change
  • 23 Nov: Kids’ Special: Screenings of Climate-Themed Films for Kids
  • 24 Nov: The Fight for Kelantan’s Forest & Sunset Over Selungo


Admission is free for all film screenings. However, each screening is limited to a maximum of 30 persons so do register your attendance below.

Our Planet

Date: 18 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Daniel Mahadzir (Climate Reality Leader), Dr. Ahmad Zafir (Habitat Foundation) and Phubalan Karunakaran (WWF)

This series will explore the Earth’s most important habitats, and celebrate the life they still support. We will reveal what must be preserved if we are to ensure a future where humans and nature can thrive. – David Attenborough, “One Planet”

Trailer: https://youtu.be/aETNYyrqNYE

Operation Sumatran Rhino

Date: 20 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Lydia Lubon

A race against time is ongoing in Malaysia. Conservationists are on a desperate mission to save the country’s last Sumatran rhino. The only way to achieve this is to capture all the remaining individuals in the wild – a dangerous and costly operation. Operation Sumatran Rhino chronicles Malaysia’s foremost rhino scientists in their incredible quest to save this critically endangered species.

Sadly on 27 April 2019, Tam, our last rhino died at Borneo Rhino Sanctuary in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Lahad Datu due to old age and multiple organ failures.

Article: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/05/491821/tam-malaysias-only-male-sumatran-rhino-dies 

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T92W79havL8

A Plastic Ocean

Date: 21 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Rexy Prakash, Andrew Han (Penang River Awareness Project)

A Plastic Ocean begins when journalist Craig Leeson, searching for the elusive blue whale, discovers plastic waste in what should be pristine ocean. In this adventure documentary, Craig teams up with free diver Tanya Streeter and an international team of scientists and researchers, and they travel to twenty locations around the world over the next four years to explore the fragile state of our oceans, uncover alarming truths about plastic pollution, and reveal working solutions that can be put into immediate effect.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zrn4-FfbXw

A River of Life Expedition

Date: 21 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Rexy Prakash, Andrew Han (Penang River Awareness Project)

A kayak expedition down Gombak River with Members of Parliament, Dr Ong Kian Ming and other industry and community experts to understand further the ‘River of Life’ Project. The team navigated through the polluted river which most used it as ‘garbage bin’. Fearing the “toxicity” of the murky waters, his team of four brought wader suits normally used by fly fisherman to ensure they do not get wet for the expedition, which was a month in the works.

Article: https://says.com/my/news/river-of-life-expedition

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcV-9vfnR9c

Sunken Graves

Date: 21 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Rexy Prakash, Andrew Han (Penang River Awareness Project)

Tampasak was a small village located in Penampang, Sabah. It was home to a vibrant indigenous community who fulfilled their daily needs with natural resources in this undulating landscape. In the 1980s this area was identified as the site for the Babagon Dam. Although the villagers protested against the building of the dam, they eventually complied and moved to a new area set aside by the government. But they did not manage to move everything in time. A number of graves could not be relocated because they were so old that the identities of the deceased were no longer known. To this day, the graves remain submerged and inaccessible beneath the water, a poignant reminder of a community’s lost link to their ancestry.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6V3zamBwW4

Saving Penang’s River: Sungai Ara

Date: 21 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Rexy Prakash, Andrew Han (Penang River Awareness Project)

Sungai Ara which meanders along Taman Jajar (Linear Park) is certified as the cleanest river in Penang. Follow Rexy Prakash Chacko and Dr. Kam from Penang Hills Watch and Penang Forum- Towards Sustainable Development in Penang in their journey exploring Sungai Ara from its upstream to downstream

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VDp0xucubaE

Sg Kelian Documentary: Penang River Awareness Project

Date: 21 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Speakers: Rexy Prakash, Andrew Han (Penang River Awareness Project)

Living the Change

Date: 22 Nov 2019

Time: 8pm

Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future. This film explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way.

Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, Living the Change offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3d3rl6id_c

Sunset over Selungo

Date: 24 Nov 2019

Time: 6.00pm

Speakers: Mustafa Along, Secretary of Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages / Jules Rahman Ong, Film Maker

From a remote village, deep in the rainforest of Borneo, comes an inspiring story about freedom and belonging. Following members of the Penan tribe, ‘Selungo’ gives an intimate insight into an isolated way of life built upon centuries of jungle survival.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/136778026

The Fight for Kelantan’s Forest

Date: 24 Nov 2019

Time: 6.00pm

Speakers: Mustafa Along, Secretary of Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages / Jules Rahman Ong, Film Maker

Malaysia has one of the highest rate of deforestation in the world, and Kelantan is the worst hit. The biggest Orang Asli tribe, the Temiar people, are seeing their homes and livelihood being destroyed by state-approved logging companies. Failing to get a response from the state for their plight, they are resorting to setting up blockades to obstruct logging companies.

Article: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/cnainsider/the-fight-for-kelantan-s-forests-8763020

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTXXrqqYZc8

Climate Family Day


Date: 23 November

Venue: Penang Science Cluster , Wisma Yeap Chor Ee, 37, China Street Ghaut

Join us for a whole day and engage in climate action as a family.


  • Riverside Clean-Up | 7.00am
  • Make Soil Great Again! Workshop | 11.30am
  • GPark Rangers Programme | 2.00pm
  • Kids’ Special: Screenings of Climate-themed Films | 8.00pm

Riverside Clean-Up

Time: 7.00am – 11.00am

Venue: Balai Rakyat Jalan Patani

River and riverbank clean up while learning about the impact that litter and pollution have on the environment. Members of the community are encouraged to join us.

Co-organised by our partners: Trash Hero, AIMPACTZ and Gamuda.

Open to the public.

Click here to register your spot!


Make Soil Great Again! How to Compost

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Coordinated by Ground Control.

Registration is free. Limited to 25pax.


GPark Rangers Programme

Time: 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Young kids will explore through a day full of an enjoyable and interactive learning experience.
Through these fun experiments and craft, they will immerse their way into the creative world of science and nature and learn about their important role in climate change.

Admission is free but limited to 60pax.

Click here to register your spot!


Save Our Souls

Director: Nicholas Chin & Sean Lin

Runtime: 04:19

Type: Short Film

Synopsis: Artist Ernest Zacharevic carves a giant SOS distress call into the landscape of a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, calling attention to the ongoing destruction of Indonesia’s rainforest, the demise of iconic species such as the Sumatran Orangutan and its effects on the global climate.

Coral Woman
Director: Priya Thuvassery
Runtime: 52:00
Type: Long Documentary
Synopsis: This will be a filmmaker’s journey with Uma, a certified scuba diver, exploring the underwater world & the threat to coral reefs of Gulf of Mannar, India. Born in a traditional family in Tamil Nadu 53 years old Uma, a homemaker, has been trying to bring attention to this alarming environmental issue through her paintings. It is, in fact, these corals that inspired Uma to learn how to swim, dive & paint in her 50s.

Iron lady

Director: Mark Lee

Runtime: 03:32

Type: Short documentary

Synopsis: This story travels the journey on how an ordinary Malaysian housewife undertaking on an extraordinary task in making positive change to her community at the mangrove swamp she lives in.

Mr Garbage

Director: Mark Lee

Runtime: 03:29

Type: Short documentary

Synopsis: The journey of how an ordinary technician making extraordinary actions to his community. He protects the Life beneath land, making sure the waters in his hometown clean. Making positive change is a lifelong journey, persistence counts!

Barely Alive

Director: Chan Ming Chun

Runtime: 03:00

Type: Animation

Synopsis: Global warming wasn’t a public issue years ago but mother of the protagonist died in a heat wave and left her behind. Now she’s a teenager that can’t relate to her Dad, often feels alone and finds herself wandering on the street. Life is not only harsh on her but fate awaits.

Sustainable Visionaries: The Ecovillage

Director: Jorge Sancheza

Runtime: 07:00

Type: Short Documentary

Synopsis: Why are our Latin American cities increasingly polluted, violent and unhappy? Could it be that we must reconnect with nature? The sustainable visions of La Ecovillage are an example of how a community can live in complete harmony with the environment.

Bedtime Stories For The Brave

Director: Ipek Sertoz

Runtime: 06:10

Type: Short Film

Synopsis: A mother reads her daughter fairy tales about blue skies, the summer sun, and magical creatures called birds which travel tens of thousands of kilometers just to stay warm all year round… Everything we take for granted today has gone extinct; or now only lives in fantasy books, and people’s imagination. Our world is beautiful and has enough ‘magic’ for those who look for it. Maybe if we see it through the eyes of an innocent child who will never see nature in her life time, it will be easier to understand what is at stake now if climate change, global warming and pollution continues unattended.

Blue Tomorrow

Director: Numan Ayaz

Runtime: 14:53

Type: Animation

Synopsis: A man who lives alone on his island goes on an unknown journey caused by rising ocean. After witnessing a catastrophe on the way, he finds hope again with other people. But when the ocean rises again this time he makes an unexpected decision to an another unknown.

The Sun on Top of The House

Director: Farhan Umedaly

Runtime: 13:48

Type: Short Documentary

Synopsis: The indigenous Haida have lived on Haida Gwaii since time began. With European exploration came the demise of their people and indigenous ways of life along with the island’s dependancy on diesel fuel for electricity.
This is the powerful story of how the Haida have taken back control of their sacred lands and become leaders in renewable energy with the unveiling of ‘The Sun on Top of the House’ – British Columbia’s largest community solar project.


Director: Piotr Biedroń

Runtime: 06:40

Type: Short Film

Synopsis: A day in the life of a man who lives in a deadly polluted city. He faces a choice: him or hope for the future.

Climate Gig

Date: 23 November
Time: 8.00pm till late
Venue: Chulia Restaurant


Performances by the Heritage 4, and BEEMERS in a zero-waste gig with social
and environmentally themed songs to raise public awareness. An opportunity for the public to meet the organisers of PCAW and network with our partners and volunteers.

Admission is free so come check it out.

Reasons for Hope: A Message from Dr Jane Goodall

Date: 23 November
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Venue: Dewan Tunku Syed Putra, USM


A special address by Jane Goodall, Messenger of Peace, English primatologist and anthropologist with messages on biodiversity and planet conservation.

Admission is free but registration is required as places are limited.

Climate Workshops


Date: 23 – 24 November

Workshops dedicated to local sustainable practices, hosted by businesses and
organisations for the general public to understand more of their daily operations, focusing on the themes of biodiversity, urban agriculture and waste management.

List of Workshops:

  • 24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action | 23 Nov @ 11.00am
  • Dipto-no-Bento: Get to Know Your Roots | 24 Nov @ 10.30am
  • Climate Crisis & Mental Health: An Invisible Link | 24 Nov @ 11.30am

24 Hours of Reality: Truth in Action

Date: 23 November

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Lounge, Ground Floor, Bangunan UAB, Gat Lebuh China, 10300, Penang

24 Hours of Reality, usually held for 24 hours on 21-22 November, is a day that will mobilise a worldwide conversation about the climate crisis and celebrate the grassroots activists leading today’s climate movement.

In community centers, places of worship, homes, schools, businesses, and even on social media, Climate Reality Leaders will put truth into action and bring the hopeful message about today’s climate solutions directly to their friends, family, and neighbors.

Admission is free but the workshop is limited to 25 pax only. Register now to book your space.


Dipto-no-Bento: Get to Know Your Roots

Date: 24 November

Time: 10.30am – 11.30am

Venue: The Lounge, Ground Floor, Bangunan UAB, Gat Lebuh China, 10300, Penang

In our workshop, we use the lens of art, history and culture to better understand the science around Dipterocarps–a family of trees that dominates Malaysian forests, and, because of their economic importance, changed the course of Malaysia’s history.

To bring a tactile element into our exploration, we use the device of a bento box (made from laser cut machine with plywood material), which has 3 layers and a few components, each representing a part of the whole. Similarly, there are many layers and components to understanding a dipterocarp. Each tells us not only about the tree, but when we turn the same lens on ourselves, something about human society too.

Eventually, as we work through the layers, we arrive at the realization that plants and humans are essentially reflections of each other.

Admission is free but the workshop is limited to 25 pax only. Register now to book your space.

Climate Crisis & Mental Health: An Invisible Link

Date: 24 November

Time: 11.30am – 1.00pm

Venue: The Lounge, Ground Floor, Bangunan UAB, Gat Lebuh China, 10300, Penang


The World Health Organisation regards climate change as “the greatest threat to global health in the 21st Century”.

When you think about climate change, mental health might not be the first thing that comes to mind. Singaporeans and Malaysians are beginning to grow familiar with climate change and its health impacts. However, the connections with mental health are not often part of the discussion. It is time to expand information and action on climate and health, including mental health. The health, economic, political, and environmental implications of climate change affect all of us. The tolls on our mental health are far reaching.

The workshop will aim on understanding the causal link between climate change and mental health. Furthermore, you’ll be able to sit down and brainstorm the possible action to take to preserve the environment as well as managing you mental wellbeing.

Admission costs RM10 per pax and the workshop is limited to 25 pax only. Register now to book your space.


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