Target: Jeffrey Sachs, Director of Sustainable Development Solutions
Goal: Applaud efforts to create sustainable communities in Malaysia
Since the United Nations’ 2015 global sustainable development goals were introduced, many developing countries have made considerable progress towards the development of sustainable communities. In Malaysia, an innovative project called ‘Smart Village’ is proving to be an ingenious innovation aimed at improving the environment and rectifying poverty.
The construction of these self-sustaining ‘smart’ villages will lift almost 100 families out of poverty and into affordable housing and employment. The project will also minimize the carbon footprint of cities while promoting healthy lifestyles through rapid reuse: a practice that utilizes waste, such as biomass waste or waterwaste, in every capacity to promote environmental sustainability. Each sustainable community consists of 100 affordable homes, high-tech educational, training and recreational facilities, as well as integrated, sustainable farming systems that provide villages with food and employment. The 1,000 square-foot homes, built mostly from post-consumer materials, take up as little as 50 acres of land and can be constructed in just ten days.
Further, the innovative farming operations in every smart village provide communities with meat, grain and other nutrient-rich crops that don’t need harmful pesticides or fertilizer to grow. And, the village’s solar-generated power, biomass energy, and mini-hydro electricity innovations provide power to community halls, resource centers, places of worship, playgrounds, and educational facilities, while supporting 4G internet for e-learning and e-health services.
With a population of up to 28 million people and almost 75 percent of Malaysians living in urban developments, responsible for contributing to 50 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions, project Smart Village isn’t just improving the livelihoods of future generations, but it is also improving the world. There are currently three fully functioning communities and 11 Smart Village projects in progress — each tripling an average family’s income to US $475.
As we create ways to cut down our carbon footprint and reverse the consequences of global warming, Malaysia’s Smart Village project is proof that with a little dedication and modernization, we can reach our sustainable development goals. Sign the petition to applaud Jeffrey Sachs’ efforts in global sustainable living.
Dear Jeffrey Sachs,
Malaysia’s Smart Village project is one of the most innovative, ingenious and progressive moves in the fight to end global warming and reduce our carbon footprint. Urban communities are responsible for roughly 50 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions and with almost 75 percent of Malaysia’s population living in cities, it is safe to say that the country has long been contributing to the decline of our planet’s health.
Smart Village not only benefits the world, but helps Malaysian families escape poverty by providing education, employment, affordable housing and healthcare, all while supporting a sustainable environment. All in all, your efforts deserve to be applauded and as a supporter of environmental sustainability and green living, I believe that the Smart Village project will not only meet UN global sustainability goals, but exceed them.
Thank you for being such a vigilant supporter of our world’s health and, someday, I hope to see Smart Villages in every country.
[Your Name Here]
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