Climate change affects all walks of life

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Picture of Christie ChongGrowing up in Hong Kong, I have experienced first hand the effects of this climate crisis: frequent tropical storms, warmer and shorter winters, and diminishing air quality. All this can be changed. Climate change is an issue intertwined with everyone, not just the activists and tree-huggers. It is true that donating to environmental groups and participating in that one beach clean-up can help solve this issue. However, I believe in taking more impactful actions to make a lasting impact.

There must be something better that we can do

Reading more about social entrepreneurship made me realize what role businesses can play in solving world issues such as climate change. Like how Tesla has revolutionized the automobile industry by making electric cars more accessible. The Fairforce student ambassador program showed me such a solution. It showed me how to take action on a larger scale: by bridging the practicalities of the commercial world with the desire to do good in the not-for-profit sector.

Having interned roughly a month at Fairforce, I can confidently say that my experience here was empowering. Fairforce’s experimental approach to learning and working allowed room for much growth and development. With the freedom to explore different approaches to tackling different aspects of running Fairforce, this helped me to build my confidence while gaining real-life experiences.

Hailing from a liberal arts college, I never had the opportunity to take courses like business management or marketing. Despite this, I still managed to thrive at Fairforce by applying the skills I have developed from an interdisciplinary background such as research and written communication skills. 

Awareness is key

At the same time, experimentation meant that I have to be more acutely aware of the decisions I made and how it would reflect not only on myself but on Fairforce as a whole.

Student ambassadors connect Fairforce with the wider community of green-hearted professionals and experts. This meant that I have to reflect on what sort of message I will be conveying as a student ambassador as I send out promotional material, emails, and blog posts while considering what climate change and sustainability meant to myself.

Watching Fairforce grow as a result of our work while knowing that Fairforce will serve a greater purpose is always a source of fulfillment. 

It’s is not just an internship, it is a community

Working remotely meant that I was able to meet and collaborate with people from different places. Armed with diverse experiences and knowledge, but united in the mission to create a greater carbon handprint, Fairforce’s student ambassador program is a community of green-hearted students committed to fighting climate change by taking action. Yes, climate change affects all walks of life, so all the more reason to take action. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]