Though I have only noticed it in hindsight, the first two decades of my life have been marked by a profound interaction with the natural world.
Whether it was playing in the woods at prep-school or completing my (not so) daily 5k run, I’ve always found time to be outside in my day. Only recently, with the Coronavirus pandemic and its implications, have I noticed that this time is not only important for my physical health, but absolutely essential for my mental health.
Connecting with the natural work is a fundamental ingredient of the human condition, and one which many people in my generation have fallen out of touch with. With the growing impression that the human is separate from nature, my work for the UNA C&O will aim to dismantle this binary and see humanity as quintessentially integrated with the natural world.
As a final year student at the University of Oxford studying Geography, I have been fortunate enough to meet many people on the front line of the battle against climate destruction. Not only have they inspired me, but they have enforced the absolute necessity to act now before anthropogenic global warming exceeds the climate tipping-point.
For this reason, I have not struggled to find a career path once leaving university. It seems to me that climate action is the only choice for someone of my age and education, bearing in mind the potential impacts on the natural world and future generations.
Though my education has taught me widely, my special area of interest is Sustainable Finance, and the necessary centrality of the financial sector in the transition towards a low-carbon economy.
In these studies I have encountered the UN SDGs as a succinct transition framework for financial firms, which will help me in this role.
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