One quick scroll of LinkedIn over the past year has told us a great deal about the pandemic. From #lost-my-job to #looking-for-work to finally #i-pivoted is enough to demonstrate the resilience of people in times like these, and their ability to innovate and pivot, even after decades of doing the same job.

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In some degrees, I’ve also adapted this past year, and broadened my focus from water and environment to working more broadly on the sustainable development goals. …


In December 2019, Wuhan, China was battling a mysterious virus. Within months, the virus spread in our interconnected global economy, infecting millions of people, and resulting in numerous deaths. Tens of millions more have lost their jobs as much of the planet remains at a standstill. Governments are stepping up to develop a stimulus package that will help their people weather this storm but the question is, can this stimulus package boost the economy and make it more resilient in the face of a future catastrophe? …


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While much is being done to explore therapeutics and vaccines for the new coronavirus disease, including the new and the project, little has been said or done about ramping up the work on improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH).

Save for Rwanda, that seems to have once again surpassed everyone in their , countries are failing to invest on hygiene improvement infrastructure.

The provision of safe water, sanitation, and hygienic conditions is essential to protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including the COVID-19 outbreak. Ensuring good and consistently applied…


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If you are anything like me, you are obsessively reading about the coronavirus — everything from the symptoms, the treatments, the ongoing clinical trials (I’m routing for you Gilead Sciences) to the oft-repeated social distancing measures to curb the peak. We’ve really made some good progress! Pat on the back.

Except we haven’t. And no one has yet called us out on it. We are f**king unbelievably unprepared for pandemics. Even now, as Italy and Europe is at the epicenter of the outbreak, facing the worst, people are still going to bars in North America. What is quite evident from…


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By virtue of my own field, I have a number of friends and colleagues working in the climate change and green economy space. Then, another fraction of them practice sustainable living of some sort — avoiding meat, recycling and using transit. And almost the entire lot shows up at City Hall for Climate Marches. Yes, all my friends are pretty woke.

But when I asked them about Article 6 or Article 11, I drew confused looks. What I realized was that most of them, save for a few, have not bothered to read the actual text of the Paris Agreement


Limits of a growth-centric approach to development

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Over the past two decades, news and media has bombarded us with stories of the alarming impacts of climate change, from disastrous floods, famine-inducing droughts to heat waves and loss of biodiversity. In fact, climate change dominates most of our environmental concerns today. This concern has led to revising the approach to development.

Enter sustainable development and green growth, which are heralded as the saviors of the climate change problem. These approaches argue that economic growth and environmental sustainability can be decoupled. …


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Besides the cost savings and the ability to create a “gig economy” from sharing, the sharing economy — services like Uber, Lyft, Airbnb etc. can lead to significant benefits to the environment. It makes intuitive sense, considering that much of what is being shared — everything from cars to rooms — can reduce ownership, and production.

But how green is the sharing economy actually and which services are the most effective in our quest for green growth?

Data suggests that transportation has the largest emissions reduction potential.

These CO2-equivalent (CO2e) emissions reductions are from reduced driving of private cars and reduced car production, not to mention the reduced impacts on…


A chick-lit story about two misfits, set in Lahore, Pakistan — Please excuse some slang

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I stare at the man, gawk at him actually. He is wearing very short shorts, his shirt is unbuttoned a little too low and his cheap silver chain glimmers in the afternoon sun. I purse my lips and fold my arms, wondering how I can best express outrage at this audacity. Who does he think he is? This is Pakistan for God’s sake, and we are in an awami (local) park.

The breeze is growing restless, and I feel it pull at my shawl. Quickly…


When was the last time you were really excited? Spring Break? New job? Grant application accepted? Disney Land? Did you get butterflies in your stomach?

Excitement is one of those emotions that makes life really worth living. But sometimes, it can leave us anxious.

Most people who know me often describe me as an excited person — someone who looks forward to outings and adventures, games and socializing, or the next adventure. I’m also a planner who looks forward to “what’s next?” Planning and ruminating over the next vacation, the next career move, or the next project, all give me…


Very recently, I considered getting career coaching. Sure, I had a great job with all the right perks, and I was in a career that I was “passionate” about, but there was this gnawing feeling in my head, that I wanted to do something bigger, something better. I just didn’t know what or how!

Thus began my search for a career coach. Immediately, the Internet flooded me with options of career gurus touting their words of wisdom. Decision paralysis, as well as the extreme critic in me, decided that career coaches were worthless or a waste of time. How were…

Laila Kasuri

explorer, water girl, writer, dabbler in too many (random) things @galatitravels.com

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