Lara Eviota

Lara is a writer, producer, and consultant specializing in social impact and sustainability communications. She helps purpose-driven organizations drive change using the art of strategic content, conscious marketing, and journalism. Lara has bylines in Remake, Sunstar Cebu, Rappler, and elsewhere.

Natural gas build-up endangers coastal residents in the Philippines

On the coast of Batangas, liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and gas-fired power plants are projected to nearly triple. A mix of pipelines, jetties, and tankers would soon accumulate in the Verde Island Passage—a center of marine biodiversity. As the Philippines pushes forward with its vision to become an LNG Trading and Transshipment Hub for […]

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breaking into the impact sector as a southeast asian

A Southeast Asian’s Guide to Breaking Into the Impact Sector

The quest for impact-driven work is a rising priority across Southeast Asia.  A new report reveals that 98% of 2,023 Southeast Asian workers feel it’s important to find a sense of purpose through their careers. And, a company’s social responsibility reputation is a critical consideration for 77% of jobseekers. This surging desire to align professional

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what asean changemakers read in their free time

What ASEAN Changemakers Read In Their Free Time

Between launching initiatives, building movements, and lobbying for progress, what do changemakers read in their free time? Changemakers in the ASEAN region share the titles and tomes that keep them educated, inspired, and mentally recharged. From memoirs offering personal inspiration, to analytical texts unpacking complex challenges, the changemaker’s reading list highlight the value of constantly

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Viral science reels on Tiktok

How a Singaporean science channel creates reels that get up to 3M views

  “Hi guys!” This is the signature opener of Kong Man Jing, a teacher-turned-content creator making science accessible. Her bespectacled face takes up the entire screen in 9:16 aspect ratio before the reel cuts to reveal she is once again wearing a yellow polka-dot dress. The fast-talking host raps out science facts in laymanized language

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Teacher-turned-influencer Kong Man Jing on making science accessible

At first glance, Kong Man Jing doesn’t seem like your typical science communicator. With her yellow polka dot dress, black-rimmed glasses, and quirky persona, the former science teacher comes across as a passionate kid eager to share her latest discovery about the natural world. Biogirl MJ, as she prefers to be called, is on a

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Tree planting in the wrong places can exacerbate climate change

Is your tree planting program heating up the planet?

A new study warns that tree planting efforts could actually make global warming worse if undertaken in the wrong places. Published just 36 days ago, the study reveals how adding trees can paradoxically lead to heating instead of cooling. Coincidentally, a record-breaking heat wave hits South and Southeast Asia. Temperatures as high as 44°C force

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I fell for greenwashing. Here’s advice from experts so you won’t

I worked for a fake sustainable fashion brand. I didn’t know until it was too late. In college, I started freelancing for purpose-driven organizations and soon got an offer I couldn’t resist: the chance to work with a Canadian clothing brand that promoted environmentalism. The founder lives an eco-friendly lifestyle and started the brand with

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Sustainable water festivals in Mekong need to be practiced.

It’s Not on Tourists: A Multi-Stakeholder Guide to Sustainable Water Festivals

For three days every April, droves of people celebrate water festivals like the Songkran, Thingyan, and Chaul Chnam Thmey, taking to the streets and splashing buckets of water on each other. These lively festivities are deeply rooted in the cultural traditions of the Mekong region, where water is believed to wash away negativity in time

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