Often times, when we’re passionate about something, we tend to expect others around us to follow in our footsteps or at least grasp and adopt what we advocate. But in reality, as Aurora Tin says, “Don’t expect everyone to have the same mindset as you. If you’re too persistent, you might end up going crazy. Instead, learn how to lead by example.”
Aurora’s passion in sustainable living was conceived in 2007 when she went hiking in the mountains of New Zealand. While she was in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty during the hike, she also found herself wondering if she was doing enough to preserve the environment.
This was one of the reasons why she decided to become a journalist focusing on environmental issues after completing her studies in biomedical engineering in 2013. She was attached to a local daily but has since left the company to become a freelance writer.
Despite creating awareness about the importance of preserving the environment through her articles and living an eco-friendly lifestyle, Aurora still felt the need to do more. “There was a lack of facilities and resources to practice green living in Malaysia,” she recalls. Her frustration prompted her to conduct a one-year experiment on the Zero Waste Lifestyle (a movement that began in the USA which encourages people to refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle their trash to protect the environment) which later led her to create a Facebook group called Zero Waste Malaysia to promote this good cause in 2016. Today, Zero Waste Malaysia is officially registered as a non-governmental organisation.
“By now, I’m sure most of us are aware that we only have 11 years to get serious and adopt a green lifestyle before climate change reaches its tipping point. Zero Waste Malaysia’s new aim for 2020 is to look at the bigger picture where our team will be targeting bigger corporations and audit the wastes produced by them. If they abide by the rules, we’ll endorse their waste reduction efforts via a certification initiative. As for me, I changed my lifestyle completely overnight. I’ve even stopped using shampoo to wash my hair. Bar soaps are the way to go to reduce chemical production. But for you, you can start by taking small steps by reducing water and energy use at home, and saying no to plastic bags and straws. Small sacrifices can make a big difference in the long run,” explains Aurora.
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