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With a background in Ocean and Atmospheric Science, WWF Masters intern Bellinda Monyela works on climate change mitigation at The Green House.
The 24-year-old has managed to turn a childhood curiosity into a flourishing and unique career path for herself and the planet.
We asked Bellinda where this passion was first borne and her answer intrigued us:
What led you to this career?
My choice was sparked by my love of Geography, especially climatology and hydrology. Even as a child I was transfixed by moving cloud cover, density and shape! I even used to play bet with my little sister, over whether it was going to rain or not and how heavy the rain would be, from only wind direction and cloud cover. As I grew older, this love deepened to the point of wanting to understand how rain influences all other spheres of our planet.
What do you want to take away from your time as an intern?
I want to expand my horizons and grow my knowledge, especially in mastering several technical skills to become better at data manipulation and analysis.
What issue would you like to be a part of addressing?
I’d like to get my hands dirty by playing a critical role in youth development so that we prepare our future generations to take care of themselves, their country and the world.
Who do you look to for inspiration?
My mom and grandmother: Despite their wounded hands, they gave me wings to fly with no limitations and were always ready to catch me and help me fly again.
What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
The only way my generation can shape a better world is if we are given a voice and allowed to be creative. To become role players we need to be empowered with education and decent jobs. In this way, we would be in a better position to challenge the injustice and steer our planet towards sustainability.
What makes our future so bright?
We have a bright future because of our creativity, humility, awareness and innovative and advancing technology.