Anathi Mbona | WWF South Africa

Anathi Mbona

Posted on 23 August 2017
Anathi Mbona is an intern at Nature’s Valley Trust.
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As a young adventure seeker growing up in the Eastern Cape, Anathi Mbona fostered her love for the environment at an early age.

Today she works as a Conservation Scientist, interning at Nature’s Valley Trust.

With her qualifications in Biological Sciences, Zoology and Aquaculture, coupled with the practical experience of her internship around data collection, management and analysis, Anathi will be able to hone her skills in shaping a dynamic career.

We asked her a few questions.

What inspired your career choice?
I grew up spending most of my leisure time outdoors as an adventure seeker, which fostered my passion for nature.

What are your goals for this internship?
The primary goal of this internship is simply to learn more about the role of a conservationist, to gain valuable practical work experience in a professional environment and to explore my interests related to possible careers. I hope to develop myself as a researcher, use the skills and information I acquired throughout my career path and focus on research and environmental conservation.

What is the issue that you would like to be a part of resolving?
The global crisis of water scarcity and management.

If you could change one thing in this world, what would it be?
Fight climate change by adopting a vegetarian diet. If we are serious about protecting the planet, the most important thing to do is to reduce meat consumption. The process of livestock production is one of the most destructive forces that drive climate change.

Who do you most admire and why?
All the people who do what they like in their lives. Being passionate about what you do does not only help you to be productive, more fulfilled and become an effective leader that is attuned to what gives you genuine satisfaction, but it also keeps you motivated to meet your goals and to become a source of motivation for others.

What role does your generation play in creating a better world?
Our generation should not be short-sighted when it comes to deciding when to start developing and using green technologies for our future to protect the environment and conserve natural resources. Going green will help us to escape the present grim situation (global warming) before things turn for the worst.

What makes our future so bright?
Considering the “hype” around global warming, Environmental Scientists need to seek eco-friendly strategies to ensure environment sustainability while ensuring that economic growth is achieved. Scientists also have the responsibility to teach communities how to interact with the environment (or use resources) in a sustainable manner.
Anathi Mbona is an intern at Nature’s Valley Trust.
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