The Difference Between the U.S. and Thailand’s Sustainability Scenes

Cartoon Watanasirisuk is Verdical Group’s Sustainability & Business Development Intern. She is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she is pursuing a double major in economics and biology & society. Cartoon is currently staying with her parents in Thailand and taking classes at UCLA remotely.

Growing up in the capital city of Thailand, I’ve gotten used to the amount of cars constantly on the road and to the plastics that encase almost everything in the grocery stores. It wasn’t until I saw how self-sustained and natural my great grandparents’ lifestyles outside the metropolitan area were that I became aware of the difference between the older, less ‘developed’ or less westernized and the more modern ways of living. 

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Nature’s Guide to Working From Home During the Pandemic

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Fireweed thrives in a forest among charred tree trunks after a wildfire in Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada, in 2015. 

Cartoon Watanasirisuk is Verdical Group’s Sustainability & Business Development Intern. She is currently a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a double major in economics and biology & society.

Our daily lives have changed substantially in the time span of a few months due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Having a decent home environment to quarantine in is a privilege, but that doesn’t mean staying indoors for an extended period of time isn’t a challenge for many of us. 

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An Introduction to the Environmental Justice Movement

September 20th, 2019, New York City. Youth Climate Strike, an initiative that addresses the climate crisis and promotes environmental justice, led by Greta Thunberg. Credit: Cartoon Watanasirisuk.

Cartoon Watanasirisuk is Verdical Group’s Sustainability & Business Development Intern. She is currently a junior at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is pursuing a double major in economics and biology & society.

This past summer I was in New York during the September climate protest that was initiated by Greta Thunberg. Having never participated in a rally of any kind before this, I was stunned by the number of people and the intensity with which they demanded actions for our climate crisis.

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