The Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) organised a webinar in Bahasa Malaysia titled “Kesihatan Planet Berpaksikan Sains, Teknologi, Inovasi dan Ekonomi (STIE)” on 1 April 2022.
The webinar was moderated by Ts Dr Jaysuman Pusppanathan, the Chair of the Young Scientists Network-Academy of Sciences Malaysia (YSN-ASM)’s Science Communication Working Group. Prior to the panel session, Dr Nagulendran Kangayatkarasu, the Deputy Secretary-General (Planning and Science Enculturation) of MOSTI provided an in-depth introduction into Planetary Health. The following panel session featured Professor Emerita Datuk Dr Asma Ismail FASc (ASM President) along with Tan Sri Dr Jemilah Mahmood (Director of the Sunway Centre for Planetary Health).
The environment is often overlooked in the pursuit of economic development and prosperity. In fact, many have no idea how interconnected human life is to its environment and how our actions contributed to climate change. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the lives of 4.1 million people worldwide, while leaving 90 million living under the poverty line in 2020. This mas made us realise that preservation and rehabilitation of the environment is important and the need to balance it with socioeconomic development. This webinar was organised to educate the public on the importance of public health for future generations.