About this talk
We are pleased to inform you that Southeast Asian Cultural Heritage (SEACHA) will hold a sixty-minute talk on “Indigenous Youth, Culture, and Climate Action” presented by Joshua Anak Belayan on Saturday, 24 September, at 14:00 (Bangkok, GMT+7) via Zoom webinar.
During his childhood days, Joshua spent almost every school holiday going back to his village and spending weeks with his grandfather where his indigenous culture and knowledge are shared between an elder to the next generation. His interest in advocacy stems from being empowered by a local indigenous roundtable discussion which prompted him to start highlighting the importance of indigenous culture and how they should have a bigger voice at the decision-making level. In YSEALI, he was exposed to the concept of faith and environment by Sofiah Jamil and subsequently taken as a teaching fellow to run a workshop on the importance of faith and environment and organised the Rhyme for Nature: Faith and Environment Poetry and Songwriting competition. Through this influence, the concept of faith and culture was adopted in a preamble of ASEANYouCan Dialogue’s Bandar Seri Begawan Declaration.
Speaker & Moderator
Speaker: Mr. Joshua Anak Belayan
Joshua is Director of Finance and Sponsorships at ASEAN Youth Advocates Network Brunei Chapter
He is also currently a YSEALI Academic Fellow doing Environmental Studies where he focuses on bringing faith, culture, and environmentalism. He hopes to connect with other youths in SEACHA who use their faith and culture in the fight for climate change. Joshua is currently in his final year of BSc in Biology from the Universiti Brunei Darussalam and a fellow at the East-West Center, Hawaii studying Environmental Studies.
Moderator: Ms. Moe Moe Lwin
Director of Yangon Heritage Trust, Myanmar and Member of SEACHA Executive Board
Moe Moe was trained in architecture and received an M.Sc in Urban Planning from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok. She practiced as an architect for over 22 years, and has volunteered in professional affairs for nearly 20 years. She is currently the Director of Yangon Heritage Trust, an independent non-profit organization working to promote and protect Yangon’s unique heritage, since it was founded in 2012. She has been serving as executive member of the Association of Myanmar Architects since 2001 and of the Myanmar Architect Council since 2015.