Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Intern at WWF-SASSI

Hi, I’m Kirtanya, a new addition to the WWF-SASSI team this year, interning in the Consumer Awareness programme. This newsletter was really fun to create, especially considering I come from a Biological Science background. I’ve always wanted to put my science degrees to use and be part of sharing the great science-related work out there, especially information on our oceans, and what we can do to become conscious consumers.

I have always loved the environment and running projects on campuses and through NGOs. In 2015 I was awarded at the Enviropaedia Eco Awards as an Eco-Youth of South Africa, and was also mentored by the Green Matter Fellowship as an ambassador of Biodiversity in South Africa, throughout my masters in Marine Biology. I have been very lucky to travel to China and Belgium for teaching internships and ocean data trainings, and I must admit, there is no place like home, and no work I’d rather be doing! I believe South Africa needs all the passion, and activation we can mobilise. WWF-SASSI provides a platform to do this – You can be an ocean champion no matter who you are!

I’m thrilled to be part of the WWF-SASSI team and engage in such meaningful work with diverse people, in a great environment. I look forward to engaging with you this year through our newsletters, social media, and volunteer training!

Keep it Green!