Vanina Choe is a project coach at CliMates, an international think-and-do tank on climate change. As part of the “Secret COöPeration” project, in partnership with Erasmus+ and Globelink, she represents the “Collectif Démarqué”, 11 French youngsters striving to raise awareness about the social and environmental impacts of the clothing industry. To this end, they share examples of solutions and information on this issue on social media. They went in the public space to brainstorm on this matter, met company representatives and surveyed more than 500 individuals on their clothing consumption habits and their knowledge of the industry. Now, they aim to share the results and keep on working towards a true awakening of consciences. The objective of the Collectif Démarqué project is to highlight the impacts of the clothing industry – the second most polluting industry – on the environment and to stimulate action among consumers in order to reduce the footprint of this industry.
DESCRIBE YOUR MOTIVATION FOR AND COMMITMENT TO CREATING A BETTER AND MORE SUSTAINABLE PLANET.
My career ambition is to work in the sustainable development field, more precisely within urban local governments. They are crossroads where every actor of the society (governments, civil society, companies) meets and interacts – which make them central when fighting climate change. Yet, cities are also causing 75% of the global CO2 emissions according to the UNEP. As a city dweller, I feel like having a duty towards the victims of climate change who usually live in developing countries and cannot fight the dreadful consequences of global warming caused by the urban way of life.
The efforts made today to contain them are insufficient to ensure a sustainable life in the future, especially because too many decisions taken do not take climate change into consideration and worsen the situation. One step forward seems to be undermined by ten steps backwards. However, instead of fuel to despair and sorrow, those senseless decisions should be fuel to a relentless motivation to change things for the better. This is why I chose to study environmental policy at Sciences Po Paris. The diversity of the courses proposed in the master’s program is an excellent opportunity to learn about many different topics (project management, environmental history, geopolitics, renewable energy, environmental economics, environmental and health risks, urbanism). They will surely give me the tools needed for my professional goal.