Back into the Vault
Storing greenhouse gases within the Earth
Our planet is in dire need of atmospheric balance
that technological advancements are titling, at a rapid pace that is setting us up for climate catastrophe. However, there is a fascinating chance at righting this wrong by releasing the very greenhouse gases we are guilty of producing back into the Earth – underground where it sequestered forever.
BY YD BAR-NESS
Education and Hope
Inheriting a future
Every child has a right to education, yet the reality in Pakistan and Afghanistan cannot be further from this ideal. Years of war, instability and abject poverty have ravaged not only the landscape, but also mindsets, leaving one generation of illiterate people to succeed the next. Humanitarian organisations such as Central Asia Institute are working to improve the accessibility of schools, making learning possible for the unprivileged millions, including girls, who desire it.
BY KATRIN RONNOW
The Beauty of Neutrality
Making carbon a thing of the past
Neutrality is rarely celebrated in today’s society, unless of course we’re speaking about carbon. The ideal of a zero carbon footprint is a mammoth task that is very difficult to achieve purely by improving energy efficiency and consuming fewer resources. But through carbon offsetting, corporate organisations and the general public can compensate for unavoidable emissions by financing projects that deliver not just environmental benefits but also economic and community advantages.
BY SELINA TAN
A Second Chance
Healing bodies and souls
As the former director of Chiang Mai Women’s Prison, Naowart Thaarisutharat understood better than most the challenges facing offenders as their time behind bars finally comes to an end. Hers was a simple but daring solution: Empower these troubled souls to help themselves find purpose, a reliable income and a newfound sense of pride and self-esteem.
BY JIM NEALE
In the Flesh
When a child is commodified
In Nepal, one girl is trafficked every 26 minutes, while 7,500 children are forced into commercial sexual exploitation domestically every year. Anna Malika, an inspiring fashion designer who has overcome her tragic experience as a victim of this pervasive crime, is committed to helping survivors of child sex trafficking by providing them employment opportunities and funding for aftercare services – in hopes that those previously trapped will not tread the same path out of desperation again.
BY ANNA MALIKA, WITH SELINA TAN
Houses that heal humanity
Putting the afflicted before the affluent is the life calling of humanitarian architect Shigeru Ban, who endeavours to put a roof over the heads of post-disaster victims. Creating a viable refuge for
the affected community is no mean feat, entailing a keen understanding of its local culture and climate. Beyond the technological expertise to build sustainably, there is a pressing need for more skilled professionals to step forward and “re-cover” distressed minorities whom even governments cannot reach. BY SHREYA GOPI
Here’s Looking At You, Kid!
A fin tale
Following the firsthand account of a senior citizen who has decided to give up shark fin soup, this refreshing tale on the ever-controversial dish includes a detailed historical narrative on how the delicacy arose, translated into English for the first time. As well, be inspired by the words of famous Chinese celebrities who have plunged in at the deep end to speak out against this “tradition” – for the sake of our life-giving oceans.
BY LUNITA S V MENDOZA
TRANSLATION OF THE COMPENDIUM OF MATERIA MEDICA(《本草纲目》)SELINA TAN, BY WAY OF NAN DU