Finding emissions solutions for a better future: An intern’s journey
This Chemical Engineer is seconded for her internship to Chemonics International in their South Africa Low Emissions Development Programme, she’s at the forefront of this futuristic field.
So what inspires someone to commit their life to such a selfless path? We asked her.
What inspired your career choice?
I have always loved Science and Mathematics, so Engineering was an obvious path, but I wanted to make a difference with the privilege I had of being able to attend university. Engineers can make a huge difference in the lives of people in rural communities.
What are your goals for this internship?
I’m going to learn as much as I can from likeminded people – those who are also working towards creating a better and greener environment for those who need it the most in marginalised communities.
The SA-LED program is working specifically with municipalities to address climate change issues, which is something I wouldn’t have been able to experience elsewhere. Being able to learn the internal structures of municipalities and seeing how I can use my engineering background to make a difference will be valuable for me and my career growth in this sector. I also love travelling and this internship has given me the opportunity to see parts of the country that I have never seen before.
What is the issue that you would like to be a part of resolving?
Educating people about climate change. South Africa has so many options for climate change mitigation but the severity of the problem is not understood by everyone in the country.
If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
I would want everyone in the world to have the chance at a tertiary education. Education is the key to solving most of the major problems in the world.
Who do you most admire and why?
My mom is such an inspiration. She is a nurse at the Belfast Gate Clinic and has always been so passionate about her job. From a young age, I have known that I wanted a career that I also loved and that I believed in wholeheartedly.
What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
We’re a gloriously diverse country, with people from so many different cultures and backgrounds. Working together we can achieve so much more than we ever could as individuals.
What makes our future so bright?
With roughly 65% of Africa’s population younger than 35 years old, the potential for growth and development are endless.