You know there is nothing that I love more than being out on a silent boat on the water.. and i suppose that i am lucky that my job sometimes allows me to do just that. Okay, not always silent, sometimes there are people shouting orders, but you do get some quiet time to look at the horizon as you move between sampling locations.
As I mentioned before, I work a lot in shallow water coastal areas, and as part of my current work, I like to focus on ways to improve our food productions in a sustainable way. Which involves (and hope this will increase as my research progresses) some working with local fishermen (more often than not, quite though on the outside but really some very nice people!).
I have recently been doing some 'light' thinking about the meaning of life, about our motivations and drives (well, mine) that prompt us on our daily routines and keep us going. This thinking prompt me to take a closer look at my personal life and identify where my priorities lie. Out of this personal brainstorm, a common-theme keyword came out: 'inspire'.
Those who know me, also know that I can get a bit 'geeky' when it comes to nature, and particular those little critters that live on the seabed (but also when it comes to all of the little terrestrial invertebrates that many dislike). And I would really like to pass on my knowledge harnessing my passion for all of these things, inspiring some geekiness in those who surround me. By inspiring as many to slow down and take a closer look to the little things and the delicate balances, i hope to inspire respect and willingness to protect these spaces. Because, who would like to protect something they know little or nothing about ?
This idea, brought more questions to my head.
How do we influence and inspire others?
This week has marked an important milestone for me: my first ever lecture!
Apart from maybe talking too fast at times, I seemed to have captured at least some students attention, which ,as a first timer , I can be happy with. Hopefully i imparted some knowledge, sparked some curiosity and inspired some young minds (a girl can dream, right?).
I think you are wanting to know what was my lecture about?
I introduced the students to the wonderful world of ‘Habitat complexity!’.
And why should I teach about that?
As extinction rebellion protests go on in many cities, I am left to wonder whether I like their approach or not. I indeed DO believe that we all need a shake up and a wake up. But is protesting the way forward? Is it necessary to create such disruption? And are the politician even listening, are E.R. trying to get their attention, or is it just aimed at waking up fellow citizens ?
If you remember, before extinction rebellions made the headlines, there were the climate strikes and the teenager protests headlining the same newspapers, but it's already old and forgotten news, and who knows what will be next?
As everything this days, we get on with the new and out with the old when it doesn't 'spark joy' anymore.
So, is it enough to just protest for a while ??
I am left to wonder, like probably many of you : who should save this world?
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