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Honoring my scallions: How my Asian parents’ food waste made me an environmentalist

Growing up as a low-income, first-generation Asian American, I was motivated by my immigrant parents’ food insecurity to fight for our planet. 

I was born into an American culture of honoring consumption. I was never shy, taking extra servings of catering food home from school events. Not because I was stingy, but because my immigrant parents whispered their fears of starvation after moving to the United States to escape poverty and the Vietnam War. My Chinese Vietnamese family of six struggled to stretch our monthly food stamps, like most families in Lincoln Heights, Los Angeles. 

Thailand is fighting to save a lone tree on a small, uninhabited island from overtourism

  • A lone tree sitting on a small islet in Thailand has been severely damaged due to a rampant amount of tourists climbing the tree for selfies.
  • The tree is on the uninhabited island Koh Khai Hua Roh in Trat Province.
  • Upon inspection on Tuesday, several branches on the tabantree (Xylocarpus rumphii) were broken off, and a large root appears to have been repeatedly trampled on.
  • Although the tree can only have five visitors at a time, a surge of tourists have been visiting the location after a traveler posted that the tree resembles a scene from a popular Thai comic book.
  • Local administrations are working to protect the tree by restricting the number of tourists who can visit the island and only allowing entry during certain seasons.

Officials are fighting to save a lone tree on an uninhabited island in Thailand that has been severely damaged by a surge of tourists climbing the tree for selfies.

Located on the Koh Khai Hua Roh islet in Trat province, Thailand, the taban tree (Xylocarpus rumphii) was discovered to have been severely damaged upon inspection on Tuesday. Local authorities reported that several branches had broken off the tree and a large root showed signs of having been repeatedly trampled on. 

Growing Rice May Release as Much Greenhouse Gases as 1,200 Coal Power Plants

Whether one grew up in an Asian household or chose to hop on the growing trend of vegetarianism or veganism, having rice as a staple part of one’s diet, unfortunately, hurts the environment.

According to nonprofit group Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), global rice cultivation poses the same catastrophic effect on climate change as 1,200 average-sized coal power plants, at least in the short term, Bloomberg reported.

China’s First Pro Surfer Calls to Save the Ocean From ‘Waves of Trash’

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Darci Liu, regarded as “China’s first pro surfer,” is now an environmental activist rallying to save the country’s coastlands. 

Liu, who was raised about 1,000 kilometers away from the nearest ocean, earned recognition as China’s first professional surfer in 2014, when media outlets reported her participation in various surfing competitions a few years earlier.

Indonesian Company Admits to Causing Oil Spill the Size of Paris in Borneo

A March 31 oil spill in Borneo that stemmed from a pipeline run by state-owned company Pertamina is now the size of the city of Paris.

Pertamina tried to be slick by denying responsibility for the disaster. But a report released on April 4 by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry forced the East Kalimantan Province-based firm to admit that one of its crude oil pipes caused the spill to spread 130 square kilometers (50 square miles) from Balikpapan Bay to the Strait of Makassar.