If ever there were proof that small actions can have big impacts, it comes embodied by Dr Jessica Lee. On her ninth birthday, her grandfather gifted her a parakeet and unwittingly set her on a path that would see her travelling to the region’s remotest corners, sometimes under the most treacherous conditions, all in the name of species and habitat conservation. National Geographic‐worthy adventures aside, Dr Lee, Assistant Vice‐President of Conservation & Research at non‐profit conservation organisation Mandai Nature, is charged with facilitating and managing local and regional research projects, while developing and reviewing proposals as well as working with communities to maximise the impact of species and habitat conservation from the ground up. Who would have thought that a tiny parakeet could have so much impact on the well‐being of Asia’s wilderness?
A similar “small spark” story could also be told of multi‐media artist Tan Zi Xi. In her case, it came about when she first read about the Pacific Garbage Patch—a collection of marine debris in the North Pacific Ocean that spans an estimated area of 1.6 million sqkm; approximately three times the size of France—while she was studying at London’s Central Saint Martins. Since then, she has sought to raise awareness and educate people on the plight of the oceans through her art. Her contribution to Singapore Art Museum’s “Imaginarium: Under the Water, Over the Sea” exhibition in 2016, for example, saw her collect, clean, organise and display more than 26,000 pieces of discarded ocean plastics for the thought‐provoking hall‐sized installation, Plastic Ocean. It was a mammoth task that only hints at the passion that she has for the subject.
Then there’s adventurer, author and advocate Christine Amour-Levar, who leads all‐women teams to some of the earth’s most challenging environments to raise awareness and funds for environmental conservation and female empowerment—two causes close to her heart that she serves through HER Planet Earth, a not‐for‐profit organisation she founded to help underprivileged women affected by climate change. (She’s also the co‐founder of non‐profit organisation Women on a Mission, which aids female survivors of war, violence and abuse). A marketing and communications specialist by day, her alter ego has seen her trek and name two unclimbed peaks in Antarctica’s Heritage Range, trail along the migration of Siberia’s Nenets reindeer herders, and fat bike across Greenland’s Arctic Circle Trail in winter with her female team.
United by their drive to make a difference for the greater good, these three remarkable women serve their causes in very different ways and on different fronts, but with the same impassioned dedication— and one that’s equally shared by Panerai. The Italian watchmaker’s commitment to sustainable environments has not only seen it constructing a zero‐impact Manufacture—from the materials used in its products and collaterals to the education of its staff and business conduct—but also supporting non‐profit organisations and long‐term projects that positively impact communities and environments. With Panerai’s 38mm Luminor Due timepieces, women can now chart their own earth‐saving paths comfortably on schedule and with peace of mind.
Here, we speak to the women about their inspiring journeys, life lessons learned along the way, and top tips for like-minded, environmentally inclined individuals.
All watches worn throughout the shoot are by Panerai
Photographed by Gan
Styled by Donson Chan
Makeup: Rina Sim using Dior
Hair: Christvian Wu using Revlon Professional
Photographer’s assistant: Samsidi Bin Baderi
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