KUALA LUMPUR: Zero waste advocate, Malaysian model, TV host and actress Melissa Tan has been appointed as Malaysia’s Earth Day Network Ambassador, joining the list of renowned international climate activists the likes of Leornado DiCarpio. Speaking about her new role, Melissa Tan said, “As an Earth Day Network Ambassador, I will continue to speak boldly for change, to influence individuals in all their capacities: as human beings, communities, business owners, industry leaders and policymakers for the preservation and restoration of the environment.
“We are all connected by our actions and we need to move in the same direction.” “I am committed to building a sustainability mindset in Malaysia and beyond: to #MakeGreenMainstream by providing guidance on how we can be conscious citizens; organise and collaborate in grassroots movements; and engage with businesses to do better. All of us have a part to play and through our cohesive efforts, we must act urgently to realise the SDGs and learn to thrive in harmony with the environment.” Kathleen Rogers, president of Earth Day Network, said, “We are grateful to have Melissa Tan as our Ambassador in Malaysia. Our several initiatives focus towards building a clean, green and healthy planet like The Great Global Cleanup, Climate & Environmental Literacy and Foodprints for the Future, to name a few. As an Ambassador in Malaysia, Melissa will add value to each of our programs. She is an already passionate environmentalist and a zero waste advocate.
“We are confident that Ms. Tan will influence many of her followers towards an eco-friendly and sustainable living. Faced with global challenges, we remain as committed as ever to stymie climate change with support of Ambassadors like Melissa.”
Earth Day Network’s Regional Director of Asia Karuna Singh said, “Melissa is a strong zero waste advocate, and she actively works to address several environmental issues in Malaysia through her organization, The Green Guerrilla. We are so proud to join hands with her and make concerted efforts toward environment.”
Melissa is a TV host and producer, actress, climate activist and zero waste advocate. She co-founded a social movement organisation, The Green Guerrilla, and regularly works with major brands and NGOs on environmental projects. Melissa connects to a wide, mainstream audience through her social media and website, creating digital content in sustainable living and fashion, climate action and other areas of the circular economy.
A passionate environmental speaker, she produces events like The Conscious Market and Clothes Swaps to engage the public in sustainable living. Melissa represented Malaysia in Asia’s Next Top Model Cycle 3 and The Apartment Season 7. She hosts and produces on Tech360.tv, a regional online tech channel.