Ancestral knowledge researcher Lua Couto co-founded Futuro Possível, a platform that aims to encourage healing through decolonial education for planetary regeneration. Futuro Possível invites people to think beyond sustainability and create regenerative cultures by producing courses, workshops, reports, communication strategies and fostering online communities.
With ancestry and Global South perspectives at the core of what she does, Couto investigates alternative economies, regenerative design, biomimicry, collaboration and localisation, among others. Futuro Possível anchors this research in accessibility through a magazine and its associated Instagram and Telegram accounts.
'Earth is an expert on regeneration, but society is pushing all limits. We have issues that are too complex for individuals to solve. We need collective engagement and collaboration to promote the change we want.'
Eighteen-year-old Howey Ou is a climate justice activist in the world's largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world: China.
She grew up in Guilin, a small southern town surrounded by nature. Ou's passion for preserving the natural habitat of her childhood led to an involvement in local and tactical activism. From demanding that her school canteens ban plastic tableware to organising documentary screenings and planting trees in her hometown, she also campaigns for a drastic reduction in the country's carbon emissions (10.357bn metric tons per year, according to Global Carbon Project).
Even though her activism has been welcomed by the international community, with Greta Thunberg retweeting and praising her, in China she has been banned from school and the government has tried to impede her voice and actions.
‘It made me question how a country like mine, with a population of more than 1.4bn, did not have a single young person who was willing or brave enough to stand up and speak out against horrible environmental destruction that’s taking place,’ explains Ou.
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