I’ve always had a deep sense of connection to nature ever since I was a child and my dad would take my brother and me hiking and camping in our local regional parks. That connection has only grown stronger over time. While many continue to distance themselves from the natural world, I increasingly find myself wanting to be amongst ancient redwoods, along coastal shores, and atop the highest peaks. There is vast hidden wisdom within these ecosystems, if we only stop our unnecessarily busy lives for a moment to listen and learn from them.
There was a time in my life when I took all this for granted as I became absorbed into the artificial modern world we’ve created for ourselves and thought following the American playbook and societal norms would lead to success and happiness. That didn’t exactly pan out so I left my engineering career in the pursuit of something that was more aligned with my passions and values—and where I could apply my skills and knowledge to affect positive change more directly and on a much larger scale. That led to me taking on the climate crisis in my own way by working on climate policy at the local level.
With everything I’m currently working on, I always keep my vision for the future in mind that reminds me if we are to sufficiently address the challenges before us, we must stop taking the natural world for granted and learn to live symbiotically within it, rather than apart from it.
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