OxForest.org Web Magazine
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A web magazine “OxForest.org” was launched in September 2020. Our planet is facing unprecedented challenges and we, the OxForest.org Members, work together to go beyond our own professional affiliation and expertise to get the message across to a wider audience (including children) for the environment and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: such as Poverty, Food Security, Health, Education, Gender Equality, Social Inclusion). Our mission is passing “the experience and passion we have” to the next generation who continue working for the same cause.
We are a world-class professional network for the environment and SDGs: 58 members across 21 nationalities (in both OxForest.org and OxForest.jp Members) mostly in their thirties (including 11 PhD holders, eight PhD candidates, and a MD) among them working for; the United Nations (UNDP, UNEP, WFP), World Bank, JICA, universities (UK: Oxford, Reading, US: Harvard, Maryland, and Japan: Tokyo), scientific institutions (CIFOR, NBER), local governments, NGOs, as well as the private sector (such as Deloitte, BNP Paribas, and entrepreneurs). We are highly motivated to inspire meaningful action for the environment we care about and the world we live in, and work together achiving the SDGs. Our initial members and articles are largely Japanese (OxForest.jp Members), but expanding to be multinational (Europe: French, British, Spanish, Portuguese, North America: American, Mexican, Canadian, Central America: Honduran, South America: Brazilian, Colombian, Peruvian, Africa: Malawian, Asia: Chinese, Indonesian, Pakistani, Filipino, Thai, Korean, Malaysian, Nepali * regional and population order).
The OxForest.org Members respect and embrace its member’s diversity: nationality, race, ethnicity, religion, age, appearance, ability, sexual orientation and gender identity. We will not accept any forms of prejudice, racism and discrimination against us.
The web magazine consists of three key sections: ENVIRONMENT, Sustainable Development (every target and indicator for all 17 of the SDGs), and GO GLOBAL (culture, travel, studying abroad and language learning) for a general audience to change the way we see the world from different perspectives.
What is “OxForest”?
It is a coined word meaning “cow (= ox) forest”. The name is based on the ideal image of cows, which are often recognized as mere livestock animals, running around freely in a forest. It contains our hope that the world’s deforestation and climate change will be stopped, while animal welfare will be enhanced.
The burner logo is designed with the motif of a baobab tree that grows widely on the African continent. In the savanna of East Africa, where many giant baobab trees are found, the Massai value their cows and are known as “cow herders” who live with them unlike how our industrial agriculture treats cows and produces greenhouse gas emissions.
In Southeast Asia, the word “forest ox” actually exists, and in Khmer language it is called Kouprey, which was once distributed in the forest areas of Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand. However, due to poaching and depletion of forests as their habitat, it is now said that about 250 forest oxen live in Cambodia or are already extinct. Since 1996, it has been listed on the IUCN Red List as “Critically Endangered“.
Yuval Noah Harari, the author of the bestseller “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014)” wrote a 2015 Guardian article under the title “Industrial farming is one of the worst crimes in history” and called “the fate of industrially farmed animals is one of the most pressing ethical questions of our time.”
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Become a Member
Currently, we are looking for new members who can write about climate change, deforestation, biodiversity, food and water scarcity, as well as SDGs (Poverty, Hunger, Health and Well-being, Education, Gender equality, Innovation, Inequalities, and Peace and Justice), renewable energy, organic and Fairtrade products, animal welfare, vegetarian recipes, yoga, Boy/Girl Scouts, camping, ecotourism, cross-cultural understanding (your experience from travelling, volunteering or studying abroad) and language learning (such as French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Russian, Arabic, Indonesian/Malaysian, Swahili), and more. We would appreciate just one short article from you!
If you are interested, get in touch with us. We will send you the writing guideline to your email (please be aware of spam filter).