Fabian Aellig

Fabian Aellig

As the son of an entrepreneur and office worker, Fabian Aellig grew up in a bilingual environment, mainly French and part Swiss German. He quickly realized the importance of languages, especially for business. After three years of studying Economics and Law, as well as Psychology, he joined the Swiss Study Foundation and began to study German and English literatures and linguistics at the University of Neuchâtel. In 2011, he graduated with cum laude but continued his studies at Neuchâtel, this time for a Masters in language and communication. The drama and choreography young Christian group GOoDlight also plays an important role in Fabian’s life. Loving everything to do with shows and music and getting more involved, he had the opportunity to combine both his IT and artistic skills to grow in the group, of which he eventually became president in 2008. Since then, they organized two Swiss tours for a total of 18 shows. A lover of travel, Fabian's had the chance to visit several places around the world . He has also lived for two months in England, eight months in Germany, was part of a humanitarian mission in Benin and is about to depart for Beijing for a journalistic adventure. Fabian strongly believes that culture matters in bettering our understanding of each other and is eager to discover what the world has to offer.

Recent Posts

From Leeds to Beijing by Train!

Flying. It’s convenient and quick but let’s face it – it’s a big environmental headache. And worldwide ecological conferences aren’t helping in that matter. As argued by my editor, Claudio Ruch, in the above linked article, we have to sometimes look beyond the carbon footprint to see what value we’re getting. After all, if there hadn’t been a global conference, I would still be sitting in Switzerland and Samuel Pickard in the United Kingdom, we would have never met and there would have been no extraordinary story to report.

While the World is Going Online, the Earth May Be Going Down

Several problems are being talked about when it comes to the Internet. We speak about one’s addiction to it, about the isolation it provokes – all connected, but all alone – about the risks of our data being stolen or the risks of buying online with a credit card. More rarely, we speak about Internet and its environmental impact. Has it ever occurred to you that while you are browsing the World Wide Web, there is a big charge of electricity coursing across the world to bring you the pages and documents you ask for? And I’m not talking only about the power your computer is consuming at the moment – as a fun statistic, a small laptop produces around 8 grams of CO2 per hour.

Bio and fuel? Up-to-date View on Biofuels with Philippa Usher

Biofuels are nowadays very controversial, even if they promise a lot. That is why  Adam Wong – who helped me for the preparation of the interview and who filmed it – and I took the chance to talk to a very up-to-date researcher in the fields. At the World Resources Forum 2012 in Beijing, we interviewed Philippa Usher from the University of Leeds. The brilliant Ph.D student from the Energy Research Institute is specialized in low carbon technology and more specifically, in microalgae biofuels. Her research, as she explains in the interview, focuses on Brazil where biofuels are already produced on a large scale.

Taking the “Bio” Out of Biofuels: Are They Really Our Saving Grace?

Biofuels from corn seem to have been in vogue lately. This is especially true in the United States, where the Navy just paid $12 million for a Pacific fleet this summer, reopening at the same time the debate.  But are biofuels really a sustainable and practical solution to our energy problem? Is it responsible to continue in that direction, especially with cars, while other possibilities could be and are being developed to avoid using fuel or biofuel? The concept of biofuels is not a new one and it is not just in the last decade that it came to the mind of some car producers to use ethanol to run their machines. In fact, Henry Ford planned to have his Model T running on ethanol, which is a type of biofuel, already back in 1906.

Bottled Water in Hot Water

Bottled Water in Hot Water
(D. Sharon Pruitt Pink Sherbet Photography)

An increasing population, growing needs and rising pollution… there is no doubt that changes need to happen in several part of our lives if we don’t want to empty the resources of our earth. Let’s look at the case of water, for example. The names “San Pellegrino” and “Aquafina” are well known to all of us; most of us have probably even bought a bottle or two without really thinking about it. But today, this is the very discussion on the table, as some politicians propose ideas that challenge our ideas of consumption and question bottled water.