“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it” – Robert Swan
When beginning my application process for this internship, I was hoping to find a start-up with the same values and passion for sustainability and the environment as me. But first and foremost, I hoped to find a start-up conscious of the impacts we as a species have on the ocean environment.
Growing up on an island (Madeira, Portugal), from a young age I developed a deep love and respect for the ocean and its powerful nature. In Madeira, the fishing industry is the predominant source of income and so our livelihood literally depended on the ocean to survive. There was no question that there would
be no end to my interest and curiosity about how the ocean works. As a result, I made the decision to study Oceanography at university and specialise in Physical Oceanography during my masters. My passion for the subject continues to grow endlessly.
As a keen conversationalist and environmentalist, a key lesson to be aware of is that what you give the ocean, the ocean gives you back. This is the lesson humanity is now being taught by the plastic crisis with now over 10 million tonnes of plastic entering our oceans every year. There is no quick and easy solution
to this enormous issue, but small steps can be taken to mitigate and reduce future impacts. Everyone has the capacity to make a difference, no matter how small you may think it is. Every little helps.
As the above quote states, it is easy to expect someone else to deal with the environmental issues we are now facing. However, it is important to avoid the diffusion of responsibility. We are all responsible for our planet and we are all accountable for its fate so we must all play a role in mitigating and solving the
biggest problem faced by humankind thus far.
It is fair to say that my degree has hugely shifted my lifestyle and my way of thinking. I am much more conscious of my daily decisions than I was ever before. I started making positive changes to my life by stopping my consumption of meat, reducing my consumption of plastic (be it by buying a metal or bamboo straw, or by always using a ‘bag for life’ when food shopping) and by buying sustainable clothing. These are only examples of a much bigger list of things you can do. But the first thing , if you haven’t already, would be to watch the tv series that has transformed a nation – Blue Planet l and ll narrated by the legend that is Sir David Attenborough.
Ocean Goddesses has given me a great opportunity to be a part of this movement towards a more sustainable, ethical and plastic-free future while incorporating female empowerment into this amazing brand. Ocean Goddesses encompasses everything I stand for, from environmental consciousness to providing slow fashion ethically and responsibly while supplying extremely versatile and beautiful dresses for everyone!
I am now writing this blog post after meeting Klementina for the first time, and I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this ‘tribe’ of humans trying to change the world dress by dress. Ocean Goddesses has started an incredible and niche movement led by the amazing Klementina allowing you to support this planet that we love.
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