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Green Drinks: Off-Grid Living and Nuclear in Asia



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We have a bumper edition this month, with two exciting talks on clean energy!

What is Off-Grid Living, and what would it look like? Daniel Tay of Activistar talks about the off-grid world, where he looks at the application of renewable energy in Asia. Green Drinks KL Founder Steve McCoy is back! This time, he talks about nuclear energy in Asia, and how we must examine the thinking process behind it.


Date: 26 May (Thursday)

Time: 7.30pm – 9pm

Venue: Helipad, #05-22 The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen St

We hope to see you there!!

How to Get There

MRT – Get on the Northeast Line and disembark at Clarke Quay MRT Station

Bus – These buses get you there: 2, 12, 33, 51,54, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166,197, 61, 190, 851, 961, NR 1, NR 2, NR 3, NR 5, NR 6, NR 7

**Take the glass lifts beside the concierge (located at the entrance facing Swissotel Merchant Court), and get off at the 5th floor**

About Daniel’s talk

The off-grid world is closer to us than we often imagine or acknowledge. Frequent electric outages, overloads, rations and down-time from regular power grids are a common feature in many parts of Asia. Coping mechanisms like diesel generators and other rift-raft methods (often illegal) like fuel substitution causes public health, pollution and enforcement issues. Renewable energy and its varied applications is a very viable solution given reducing product prices and increasing costs of coping (think Fuel prices). The in’s and out’s of renewable energy application will be presented and more so, on its implementation and success rate.

About Steve’s talk

Whenever we try and debate an issue like nuclear power or think about a challenge like energy security, what we are really trying to do is prospicience – prospicience is an old word made new by a professor at princeton to mean ‘the art and science of looking forwards’ (think: anticipation, foresight, forethought, prognostication, long-sightedness, preparation, prevision etc).

A quick glance at all the major unintended consequences threatening life on the planet today must mean that we are not very good at doing prospicience! Sustainability (or rather, a version of this overused word) provides a different way of approaching this issue. It is thus able to breath new life into an otherwise old debate between 2 sides that pretty much have taken up intractable positions. It is different from the arguments put forwards by the environmental movement which, in my opinion, have done exactly the opposite of bringing clarity to the issue, and goes further than the usual health/safety line of logic. It is not only a different way, it is a better way… no, I would say, ONLY VALID way of approaching issues like this one.

In the end, there are still only 2 positions to take up – we are either for or against a nuclear energy programme as part of the energy supply mix in the face of increasing energy demand, dwindling fossil fuel repositories, and climate change realities… but HOW one gets to that position will determine the shape of a future nuclear energy programme or the shape of an alternative… and is therefore, absolutely crucial”.

About Daniel Tay

Daniel Tay started as a fully loaded online store dedicated to Off-Grid solutions. Buyers find the features of the online store straightforward and honest in product applicability.

About Steve McCoy

Steve McCoy is Founder and Principal of Counterpoint, a consultancy firm providing support services on sustainability for the Corporate, Government and Non-profit sectors. Counterpoint’s work rests on the simple understanding that the challenges that confront the world today offer a broad canvas of opportunity to secure a better tomorrow, and the conviction that maintaining the status quo is no longer a viable option. Steve’s passion lies in creating ‘aha’ experiences by brining his passion for inquiry and systems thinking to the discussion table – anticipating emerging issues, clarifying direction, and underscoring the importance of aligning groups around data-driven and evidence-based decision making. Academically, Steve read medicine, music and theology (not at the same time!) at London and Cambridge. Immediately prior to this, Steve was the CEO of the Force of Nature Aid Foundation working in the long-term recovery of communities affected by natural disasters.

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