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Asian Geographic JUNIOR

Asian Geographic JUNIOR Issue 3 - 2015

In ASIAN Geographic Junior's "Living Legends" we take you on a journey of exploration through Asia's incredible cultural legacies; from ancient lost civilisations that mysteriously disappeared to ground-breaking inventions that have shaped the world as we know it today. Find out how to become a black-belt master of Kung Fu, let your mind soar with dragons, or discover the Asian monks that have gained real-life superpowers. With a mix of fantastic stories, activities and of course, never ending fun - we're about to explore Asia's exciting and enduring heritage in a way that's never been done before.

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in this issue

3 min.
biking is better!

Using their very own pedal power, people have cycled across continents. More than a billion bicycles have been produced, and in many places, including India and China, bicycles are peoples’ primary form of transport. What’s more, cycling will get you from A to B without producing all the fumes and greenhouse gases that cars, buses and trains release into the atmosphere. Making a bicycle only uses five percent of the energy it takes to make a car, and 20 bicycles can be parked in the space that one car takes up. But cycling is not only good for the planet. It’s really good for you too! BENEFITS OF BIKING 1 It boosts your energy levels! The more you exercise, the more energy you will have! Even if you’re feeling tired, you can get an…

1 min.
easy chickpea oat veggie burgers

Delicious and hearty burgers that can be make lickety-split! A good source of plant-based protein and perfect for your next meatless Monday meal! INGREDIENTS (Makes 6-8 burgers) 1-2 tsp olive oil 1 small-medium yellow onion, diced 2 cups oats (not instant) 1/2 cup ground walnuts 1 cup cooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained 3/4 cup almond milk (or milk of your choice) 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp dried sage 1/2 tsp salt DIRECTIONS 1. Heat oil in a large frying pan. Once hot, add the onions and cook (and stir) for about 10 minutes until very tender and golden brown. 2. Combine the oats and ground walnuts in a large bowl. 3. Place the chickpeas, almond milk, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried sage in a blender and process until very smooth and creamy. 4. Once smooth, pour into oats…

1 min.
laugh out loud

‘I have an obsession with wind farms.’ ‘Really?’ ‘Yes. I’m a huge fan.’ Q: What is a tree’s least favorite month? A: Sep-timber! Q: What are you going to do for Earth Day? A: I’m going to recycle all my old jokes! Q: What kind of plant grows on your hand? A: A palm tree! Q: Why did the leaf go to the doctor? A: It was feeling green! Q: Why is a tree like a big dog? A: They both have a lot of bark! Q: How do trees get on the Internet? A: They log in! Q: Why did the gardener plant light bulbs? A: She wanted to grow a power plant!…

8 min.
the power around us!

It is amazing to think that in the last 100 years humans have managed to walk on the moon and send a robot to Mars, and build powerful computers that can fit into our pockets. However, we are creating electricity in a way that is slowly killing life on our planet! Most of our energy comes from the burning of oil, coal, and natural gas. These are known as “fossil fuels” as they were formed millions of years ago, created by layers of dead and buried animals and plants exposed to intense heat and pressure over millions of years. THE CARBON “QUILT” We burn these fuels to create steam that turns turbines that power generators. The problem is that when we burn these fuels, we release huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the…

3 min.
it can start with you!

The environment, what does it mean to you? For me, the environment isn’t just the plants and animals around me, but it’s also the people surrounding me. One way to look after your environment is to look after everyone in it, help your parents around the house or help a little sibling with their homework – being nice will make our environment a positive one to be in. On the other hand, the environment is seen by most as Nature. I currently live in England and here there is a major problem with littering. Even with anti-littering laws and penalties such as fines, people still do it! I know that in Singapore littering isn’t a problem because of strict law enforcement and I think that is the best thing to preserve…

2 min.
sustainable sport

SUSTAINABLE STADIUMS Singapore Sports Hub, in Singapore, is solar powered and uses natural cooling to reduce the need for aircon! Its movable roof means that people can play come rain or shine! ANZ Stadium, Sydney, Australia uses rainwater to water the greenery within the stadium, and to flush the toilets. Beijing National Stadium, Beijing is heated by underground geothermal pipes. Rainwater is also collected to use as irrigation and to flush the toilets, and solar panels provide part of the stadium’s energy. World Games Stadium, Taiwan is the first stadium in the world to rely completely on solar power! Thyagaraj Sports Complex, in India is built with eco-friendly bricks, powered by solar and pumps extra energy back into the grid, the stadium even uses high-tec systems that conserve water! ATHLETE ACTIVIST YAO MING The world famous basketball player…