Proof that concerted collective action can move mountains
In a chat with us, Robb Report Singapore Thought Leader and founder and CEO of HER Planet Earth, Christine Amour-Levar was upfront about what superpowers she would have if they were an achievable reality: “Healing powers, the ability to heal oneself and others. I think it would be a profound gift to alleviate suffering, cure diseases, and improve the overall well-being of individuals”.
Proof that not all superpowers are the stuff of myth and that not all superheroes wear capes, the philanthropist and social entrepreneur founded HER Planet Earth, a global non-profit women’s advocacy movement for gender equality and environmental conservation in 2016. At the organisation’s recent event Into The Blue, held on 24 October 2023 at Catapult, Southeast Asia’s first Shared Executive Learning Centre in Singapore’s Rochester Park district, it raised S$45,000 for the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation’s conservation initiatives in the Philippines, where Amour-Levar grew up.
Into The Bule, a charity cocktail reception and film screening, gathered 100 C-suite professionals as well as industry leaders, high-net-worth individuals, and sustainability experts, was sponsored by LGT Bank AG, the largest royal family-owned private banking and asset management group in the world. The soirée was emphatically timed to coincide with the International Day of Climate Action, and was premised on the central purpose of raising both awareness and funding for the preservation and rejuvenation of natural resources within the Marine Protected Area (MPA) of Palawan in the Philippines.
In an official release, Fred Tardieu, Founder of the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation, who attended the event stated, “We often believe ourselves to be alone and isolated in our convictions, but all it takes is one evening, a setting, a team, and the world clings to you. At that moment, anything can be achieved. I believe in humanity; the only problem lies in understanding our priorities. This evening has shown us that civil society can accomplish great things and be a catalyst for renewal. We must mobilize it for the benefit of all and, especially, for the new generations.”
In the same release, Amour-Levar outlined how everyone has to play in safeguarding the health of our natural environment: “To cultivate a thriving ecosystem, we must foster active participation from local stakeholders, enlighten our youth, and ensure that adults recognise the economic potential of safeguarding and efficiently managing our oceans. It’s this forward-thinking approach that we must embrace for our future.”
HER Planet Earth, now in its seventh year of operation, continues to spearhead innovative fundraising approaches for its charity partners. With Amour-Levar at the helm, the movement’s efforts include embarking on challenging expeditionary journeys across the world to hold a torch for gender equality and the empowerment of women impacted by climate change.