Building for Boundless Actions Nurtured Around Nature And Society
We are co-author of a review paper published in a journal under Springer Link’s SN Applied Sciences!
We had met once before, bumping into each other with one of his former students, Aarvin, who was and now part of my team at CM ECO. When we first spoke about the work I did with my team and our efforts supporting the transition to better sustainable choices amongst Malaysians, specifically in Klang-Valley and in Perak, little did I know that in the months leading up toward the end of the year, I would then be invited to co-author alongside a group of very well-experienced educators.
On the 1st of December 2019, I was approached by Alex Lechner, an associate professor in the field of landscape ecology from the University of Nottingham and that’s where this journey started for me.
Going back and forth with each other leading up to the eventual start of what we would then come to know as the Covid-19 pandemic, it would take us from the end of 2019 till the end of the first quarter of 2021, before we got wind that our submission for a journal was finally recognized and published on Springer Link, under SN Applied Sciences.
Taking a total of 16 months of going back and forth with each other on content within the paper while managing a business and team through two rounds of movement control order has definitely been both a challenging and rewarding experience for me.
When news of journal had hit me via an email from Alex, I had a flashback of our first meet, of Alex who had now moved to the UK, who was an associate professor at Nottingham University, Malaysia at the time of our first meeting and now a senior lecturer at the University of Lincoln – Lincoln Centre for Water and Planetary Health, in the UK. It hit me there and then just how long this journey took. When his email read “We have got it up and published”, it felt surreal that we now have a published peer reviewed journal entitled, “The plastic waste problem in Malaysia: management, recycling and disposal of local and global plastic waste”.
This experience had shown me that despite adversity, geographic location and the odds we had experienced in light of a pandemic, that when a group of individuals with a common cause come together, the spark of change can ignite endeavors that many will get to enjoy in years to come. It further ignited my direction and mission with the tribe at CM ECO, that we were and always will be all about “Building for B.A.N.A.N.A.S”; that we will continue building for boundless actions nurtured around nature and society.
Signing for now,
It’s not about being perfect, it’s about taking baby steps with the right foot forward every chance we get. Most of the positive and negative things that bring about change in Human civilization start with some’one’. May we continue to choose to be that one.
– Vernon Foo, 2021