International travellers to Britain tend to hone in on London, sampling the iconic sights of the capital city. If they have time, they may also pay a visit to some of the country’s other large cities like Manchester or Edinburgh. But the charm of the urban sprawl can wear thin
In a hospital ward in Hong Kong, an elderly patient is nearing the end. Suffering from a terminal illness, they can do little more than lie immobile on their bed, kept alive only by a constant supply of medications. For both the patient and their loved ones, the certainty of
The sentimental description of England as ‘a green and pleasant land’ is somewhat subjective. Yes, compared to the high rises of Hong Kong, the typical landscape of the British countryside –a patchwork of farmers’ fields fringed with narrow strips of hedgerow– does have a certain rustic beauty to it. But
It’s lunchtime in a gourmet restaurant just off Graham Street in Central. You’re sitting at a varnished wood table with gilded cutlery when your first course arrives: a tin of ‘caviar’ flecked with gold leaf, served with blinis and sour cream on the side. The salty richness of the dish’s
As discussed in previous articles, the global fashion industry is one of the most polluting in the world. Recently, at a panel on circular fashion at ReThink 2022, I was reminded not only of this fact, but of Hong Kong’s massive contribution to fashion pollution, which includes 392 tonnes of
It is said by some that India is the world’s easiest country to be a vegan or vegetarian in. And if you’ve ever flipped through an Indian cookbook, sampled the plant-based dishes in an Indian restaurant or know anything about the cultural influences on Indian cuisine, it’s easy to see
If you follow environmental media stories, you may have heard the recent devastating news that the wetlands of Doñana National Park –one of Spain’s most unique and important ecosystems– are now completely dry. While the record-breaking drought and heatwaves in Europe have certainly played their part, the main cause of
Traditional medicine (TM) in Asia is infamous for using animal parts as supposed cures for ailments: pangolin scales, rhino horns, tiger bones, the list goes on and on. The demand for these often questionable medicines has been devastating to wildlife populations, contributing to declines of 90% or more. Worse still,
It’s Autumn. At last, the wait is almost over for Hong Kong’s birdwatchers. Soon, the much-missed migratory birds will return here en-masse to grace the wetlands and forests once more. As the countdown to their arrival draws to a close, there is an aura of excitement amongst the birdwatching community
Mindfulness in the workplace. What you need to know to become more productive, happier, and focused at work
I’ve been there, many times. For years I thought it was ‘normal’. The constant frantic calls from clients making (mostly) ludicrous demands, my boss constantly reminding me of my monthly targets, and my colleagues’ seemingly enhanced hour-by-hour attempts to sabotage my work! I thought this was how it was ‘supposed
It is no secret that the world’s coral reefs are in big trouble. As well as the mass bleaching events that have become almost routine in an ever-warming sea, they are also being battered by pollution, overfishing and ocean acidification. Given that they support around 30% of all marine species
Accidents can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time. They also come in many forms, whether its spilling scalding hot coffee on yourself, or having some poorly stacked boxes fall on you, or even a child bumping their head after falling off a scooter. In such scenarios, it pays to
If you’re a person who is A) concerned about your health and that of the planet and B) aware of current eating trends, you might be feeling at least a little inclined to try switching to a plant-based diet.However, it is also likely that you are finding it difficult to
Did you know trees can release airborne scents that “warn” nearby trees to produce chemicals to make their leaves more bitter and deter hungry herbivores? Are you aware that parent trees can “hear” their thirsty offspring crying for water through low-frequency sound waves? Or that some species can “feed” their
Hong Kong is known for being a city of overachievers. Its strategic position as a bridge between China and the rest of the world offers abundant opportunities for professional growth. There are many businesspeople living in the city who have harnessed a spirit of self-learning to make something for themselves.Businesswoman
Corporations are no strangers to virtue signalling. With the right advertising catering to the dominant public sentiment of the time, it’s all too easy to persuade people that you support the causes they do and that buying your products somehow helps to advance those causes, whilst glossing over everything you
Plastic waste is one of the biggest and most obvious environmental crises of our time. As of 2015, an estimated 6.3 billion tonnes of it had been generated. It is polluting our beaches, choking marine wildlife and, perhaps most unnervingly, has even found its way into our own bodies, to
If your doctor prescribed you a day of sick leave in the forest, for anxiety and high blood pressure instead of pharmaceuticals, would you question his judgement?Who reading this hasn’t ever experienced degree stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, brain fog, etc.? In these times especially, finding a sustainable and natural way
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City Nature Challenge 2022: Get outside and have fun recording nature’s wonders in your own backyard
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Applied Wisdom and Purpose: How Closed Loop Partners’ CEO Ron Gonen came to lead the circular economy movement
In his early 30s, Ron Gonen was living “the dream” of many aspiring entrepreneurs. The ...