I got interested in environmental projects two years ago. I lived in Australia when I first saw a little blue penguins. I liked them so much that I decided to focus on becoming environmentalist instead of marketing communicator as I planned before. During my journey towards my goal, I was also involved in ocean conservation in the Philippines. Finally, I decided to learn more about my home, Europe, the Southern coast of the Baltic Sea. This is how I ended up in Rostock, Germany.
I joined the German Coastal Union EUCC-D. I am currently involved in environmental communications and I also assist scientists in the field. One of the projects I work on is MORPHEUS. The main goal of it is to provide recommendations for waste water treatment plants. Baltic Sea is full of nutrients and wastewater treatment plants are one of the ways how nutrients enter the sea. Another project is DUNC. It promotes the importance of cultural heritage and UNESCO protected sites around the Baltic. Mainly this project promotes sustainable tourism. These projects are related to environmental sustainability and are important for sustainable development of the Baltic Sea.
I like my work with EUCC-D because it seeks to make an impact on nature and tries to solve environmental challenges. The Baltic Sea is one of the most polluted seas in the world. Despite that, lots of industries are operating on the coast of the Baltic Sea. For example fisheries and tourism. Being an important part of the European economy, they need to be sustainable to keep the resources for the heathy nature and future generations. Sustainable development is so important and I feel proud to be a part of it.
Thank you for IVY and EUCC-D for this amazing opportunity!