Green Intentions: Giving back to our earth
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Daughter of Tan Sri (Dr) Francis Yeoh, managing director of YTL Corporation Berhad, one of Malaysia’s largest listed companies, Ruth might be born with a silver spoon, but she is far from taking anything for granted. Despite her family’s wealth, she is no spoilt princess, but rather a passionate, down-to-earth woman with a vision, bent on making the world a better place.
Some of the projects that Ruth is involved in not only focus on sustaining the environment but preserving cultures as well. Ruth is a trustee at Rare and one of the projects she has worked on is training carpenters and builders in Yunnan Province, China, to adopt green building techniques to reduce logging. They also install solar hot water thanks, so villagers, who live right on the Tibetan border can enjoy hot water without the need to cut down trees for fuel. This project not only helps conserve Himalayan wilderness areas but also maintains the quality of life of local communities and protects the unique architecture of their traditional abodes. Ruth has also gotten her hands dirty – she has travelled to these remote villages in Yunnan to pitch in with the construction work.
So what drives her to protect the Earth? “We all know our elderly relatives will die one day. But does that mean it is acceptable to abuse them while they are alive?” she asks. And that statement, simple as it may be, takes to task how we should treat the Earth – like a precious member of your own family.