In 1974, a group of concerned individuals set up the Environmental Protection Society Malaysia (EPSM). It became the first environmental organization in Malaysia focusing on the adverse impacts of human activities on the environment.
The objectives of EPSM are:
- To prevent the deterioration of our environment as a result of human activities;
- To control activities that contribute towards the deterioration of our environment;
- To initiate measures for the improvement of our environment;
- To stimulate public concern for the state of our environment.
What It Does
Since its inception, EPSM, which remains a non-profit organization run by volunteers, has been active in highlighting pressing environmental issues, undertaking studies and proposing solutions based on research. Its initial areas of focus included air, water and noise pollution, deforestation, waste and public transport. To note, some of their activities till today are;
- Involved in protecting Taman Negara National Park and advocating for the introduction of the proactive Environmental Impact Assessment legislation.
- Since the mid-1990s, EPSM’s focus has been on introducing various holistic global environmental concepts in Malaysia such as Local Agenda (LA) 21 in 1997, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) in 2002 and Ecological Footprint Analysis (EFA) in 2007.
- The Sustainable Living in Malaysia (SLiM) campaign launched by EPSM in 2007 remains an ongoing activity of the society. At the onset EPSM introduced the concept of EFA, a tool to measure sustainability, as the basis of SLiM.
You Can Do Your Part Too
EPSM welcomes anyone; from individuals to corporate citizens, to contribute towards advocacy and creating public awareness of environmental issues that we face in our daily lives. You can help EPSM promote sustainable development and make a difference.
Nithi Nesadurai, President