Conversation with Natalie on Dr Sylvia Earle Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023

Conversation with Natalie on Dr Sylvia Earle Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023

Natalie Chung, a young social entrepreneur, environmentalist, and sustainability leader from Hong Kong has been selected to represent her country at the Dr Sylvia Earle Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023. At only 18, Natalie co-founded her social enterprise, “V’air” back in 2015 to promote low-carbon local tourism, i.e. ecotourism as a means to mitigate climate change. As a remarkably impactful sustainability leader in Asia Pacific, she has been awarded the Tatler Gen.T List, Eco-Business Youth A-List, and was recognized by The Japan Times as a female climate activist driving change in Asia.

Now, as she prepares to represent her country at the Dr Sylvia Earle Antarctic Climate Expedition 2023, let’s take a closer look at how she practices sustainability in her regular lifestyle and how she plans on creating a long-term impact through the upcoming expedition.

Tell us about the expedition.

I will be going on the Dr Sylvia Earle Antarctic Climate Expedition in February 2023. The mission of the expedition is to formulate 23 net zero solutions to accelerate carbon neutrality by the year 2035. This is currently our ambitious goal and our central message is actually to highlight the role of the Ocean in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and resilience because we think the ocean is a big missing piece in the puzzle and a lot of people only focus on land-based solutions when it comes to climate change while in a lot of countries in Asia, we’re actually very vulnerable to sea level rise and ocean acidification, which are accelerated by climate change. So, hopefully this expedition will shed light on some of the ocean-based solutions and how the communities can develop solutions that are both innovative and able to help us transition to net zero.

On the expedition, there will be a mix of crew members and ambassadors from various backgrounds and disciplines. We’re hoping to generate some interdisciplinary discussions and solutions. I’m a climate activist myself, from Hong Kong and there are people from the UN Network, IUCN, professors, and researchers from different fields. There are also writers, artists, and of course, underwater photographers. We have two National Geographic underwater photographers, Jennifer Hayes and David Doubilet, who will be capturing some of the photographs that will be used later for our exhibition around the world.

So the expedition itself would be a nine-day voyage and for the first two days we will have a small conference at Ushuaia, Argentina to formulate the resolutions. And then the final day, we will also have a day in Punta Arenas, Chile to post a conference on the resolution and how to carry them out to action steps on the ground, and how all the participants in the expedition can bring back these solutions, back to their home countries to spread the news and see how to implement them in the community.

How does it feel to be a part of the expedition team of Dr Sylvia Earle, who was recognized as the First Hero of the Planet by Time Magazine?

I feel very star-struck because Dr Sylvia Earle was always a role model for me. What she’s done for ocean conservation and as one of the pioneers in space, and we call her “Her Deepness” instead of Her Highness, for how deep she has traveled down the sea. So I think it’s a very precious opportunity.  We did have some air time before, at virtual conferences. So, I once spoke with her and listened to her remark, which is absolutely inspiring.

And this time, what’s even more exciting is that the ship that we are boarding is also named after Dr Sylvia Earle. It is a new cruise ship for the expedition that is carbon-neutral. We will also be celebrating Dr Sylvia Earle’s work. So it’s very interesting. This ship will be on its first mission. But it will probably be Dr Sylvia Earle’s last expedition because she’s getting old.

So I think it will be a great platform and opportunity for a lot of youth and older generations to come together to form intergenerational climate solutions that will be inclusive and equitable for all. Because – I think the youngest on board would be eleven years old and the oldest would be like 90. So it’s a huge range and I’m very excited to be there.

But at the same time, I think, there is a huge responsibility for me to make full use of this, for example, by forming partnerships with different media outlets and especially with a focus on Asia, because most of the people on board, I would say, come from the Global North. And we need to make sure that the solutions are centered around the needs of indigenous people, and the underprivileged communities in global South and Southeast Asia as well. So, hopefully our discussion will be more inclusive by bringing in perspectives from Asia and the rest of the world.

How do you plan to add value to the expedition with your expertise in the areas of public education, corporate training, and media and communication?

My role in the expedition is the Key Opinion Ambassador. There are a total of around 30 of us and I think what differentiates us from the rest of the expeditions is that we are already doing monthly meetings on the resolution. So we’re kind of forming the backbone for the 23 goals that we will finalize on the expedition. Now we’re using the Delphi method. It’s like a social science methodology based on expert elicitation and literature review to try to find a consensus on what direction of solutions we are coming towards. So we’re having monthly meetings on these to formulate the expedition goals.

And then for me, I’m the only Hong Kong representative for this entire expedition. So I think I will play the role of bringing in some of the localized knowledge and also solutions back to Hong Kong, given that we have quite rich financial resources that we could mobilize and some of the corporate partners in Hong Kong that would be able to do something at scale. So hopefully after the expedition, I could use the findings to convince some of the major business leaders and political leaders here to implement solutions. That could not just benefit Hong Kong but also the rest of the world. For example, Hong Kong has a climate-resilient infrastructure, and how we can export these technologies and skills to the rest of the world and showcase our best practices. So I think I would ask this bridge throughout this expedition to amplify the impact. 

How can media play an important role to raise awareness and help overcome the climate crisis by reaching the Net Zero Target by 2035?

I think the media can take a role in the whole communication strategy of the expedition. We want to focus on people who are very alarmed and concerned about climate change, people who already have some knowledge and want to act against climate change but they don’t know how or don’t know the full set of solutions yet. So I think for us as our focus is on Ocean, and the role of the Ocean, I think the media could help shape the narrative for – why is it so important to represent Ocean, the media can help to create the whole momentum around ocean which is so crucial for climate action, adaptations, resilient and livelihood, and how we can tie in the Antarctic narratives with some of the phenomena, we see in Asia. Because I think the Antarctic is at the forefront of climate change, they are warming at an alarming speed. They’ve already warmed three degrees celsius since I think they’re like pre-industrial age. So I think we can create/ consider the Antarctic as a model of what the future would look like if we continue this warming truck and then use the power of the media to paint that scenario. So that we can all feel the sense of urgency, at the same time the power to act. Because we know that the ocean is immense and there are so many potential solutions in the ocean that we have not yet fully explored. 

You’re the co-founder of V’air. Tell us about the platform.

So we started up V’air back in 2015 as an organization to promote low-carbon, local tourism. The reason is just that, we figured that almost 20% of Hong Kong people’s per capita carbon emissions come from flying overseas. So, during pre-covid times, we used to fly a lot of short trips to Japan, Korea, Taiwan just for for weekend getaways. This issue was kind of not that elevated back in 2015 like now when most people are focusing on some of the energy-saving measures for climate change. So, I wanted to bring this back to the table, like – if there was an elephant in the room, when people said, “Oh I’m not using a plastic bottle but I’m flying like 10 times a year.” So I want to correct this by showing people the potential of local tourism – it’s actually eco-tourism and geological tourism. That’s how we started. And we have a web platform to showcase these attractions in Hong Kong. We also published a book showcasing 39 roots in rural and urban areas, so the book is like a guide to travel around locally. We also organized eco-tours for schools and corporations – introducing them to different tree species, special endemic insects, and mammal species in Hong Kong as a form of nature education. We realized that quite a lot of people enjoy hiking a lot, but they wouldn’t pay attention to the trees or they would not pay attention to the story behind the trail. So we think there’s immense value in doing that – kind of sparking that interest and curiosity in their surroundings so that they don’t always need to go abroad in order to find excitement or find a thrill.

How are you expecting to integrate your work at V’air into this Expedition?

I was actually planning, after the expedition, we would create more tours around marine protected areas. Because one of the preliminary resolutions that we have touched on in our current discussions, one of the goals would be enhancing marine protected areas globally. In Hong Kong at least 3% of the ocean is protected but we want to raise that to 10% which is the global standard. We could also be hosting more ocean-themed eco-tours. Because currently, we have a lot of land-based tours like terrestrial country parks, and some of the rock formations but not so much in the sea or near the shore. So that’s what I’m planning to do.

Also, another way to integrate is, how we’re training the next generation of young leaders. So in Hong Kong, we have our internship and fellowship program. So, in the past few years, we have already trained over 100 youths and sparked an interest in sustainability and climate advocacy. I’m hoping through the expedition, I will be able to learn from some of the other famous educators on board and see how we can make or copy our existing model elsewhere, like in other Asian countries or how we can collaborate with different partners to extend our impact.

Another thing I would like to try is to expand to other regions. We tried to expand to Singapore before but there was a bit of difficulty and also Covid restrictions. So now we’re looking into mainland China opportunities so that our target group could be bigger. I guess it’s not enough for the Hong Kong people to stay in Hong Kong. Maybe we need to give them more options, for example, taking high-speed trains from China to Russia, which is also a low-carbon mode of tourism. There’s this Siberian train track, so maybe that could be an option, also low-carbon. Because it feels very restrictive to have everyone stay here. We want to keep the experience educational but also entertaining. So we’re looking at some of the high-speed rails as travel options. And then, you can also apply to other places like India. I guess in India, there are lots of ecological hotspots that local people may not pay much attention to. So simply encouraging more people to travel, from South India to North India, could reduce outbound travel and harm to the planet.

You promote eco-tourism through V’air. How is this expedition aiming to promote eco-tourism?

I have actually had a lot of self-reflection on whether I should join the expedition because I was wondering if what I’m doing – like joining the expedition, could cover my carbon footprint. So, first of all, we will be offsetting the whole expedition ensuring all the operations are as low carbon as possible, for example, we have vegan meals on this ship and we’re ditching single-use plastic, etc. Another important thing is, how we are shaping the narrative to ensure that it’s not promoting exploitative tourism to the Antarctic. Because people have previously treated it as a leisure option and not just for research purposes, a lot of people go there just to see the penguins, like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. So, we actually do not especially encourage that, but then we don’t want to be too ironic about how we have the privilege to go but other people don’t. So I think we are planning to work on a more immersive educational experience, such as, we are introducing VR so that we can take some VR video clips for people in different places to experience it without having to travel there. And I guess the future of tourism, even eco-tourism would be more of a hybrid reality experience – like how we are integrating some tech elements into the tourist experience and using different senses to feel like having meditation and wellness integrated. Therefore I think, it is important to have that narrative or have that note in mind that we are a very privileged group of people who are able to go there firsthand. And how we are translating these first-hand experiences into something valuable for people to experience second-hand would be the key and the goal for us. 

Why do you think raising awareness, especially among young people is necessary?

I think young people play a crucial role in shaping the future because eventually, we are the ones who will be the steward of the planet in the future. So what we are deciding now and what we are proposing now will potentially shape how we live and how habitable the planet becomes. So I think it is definitely important to hear and listen and use voice in policy making and have a system that can institutionalize our thoughts into actual policy and decision-making processes instead of a tokenized form of youth participation.

And in this case, I think for the expedition we are hoping to come up with the 23 high-level goals, but eventually, we want to come up with action steps beneath the goals. So, for example, one of the goals could be promoting less consumption of seafood. Because it promotes sustainable fisheries and also protects ocean resources.

And then on action steps, we can translate it to youth by organizing some youth campaigns, or incorporating this into part of the syllabus so that they can understand at a young age what’s the issue with consuming too much seafood and how we can select wisely what to eat. I think incorporating that into the educational curriculum is the best way to ensure that we know from a young age, what is the right action to take for a planet that we would like to see in the future. Also, another thing is how culture and values are created and are kind of formulated at a young age – like once you are structuring your value system, it’s important to have that intervention on what’s the most ideal or sustainable way of living. So I think that’s also why I really think it’s important to focus on nature education. Because when you bring people up to nature, they get to understand why it’s so important to conserve it rather than educate them afterward to pick up their trash, to not do this and not do that. So I think building that kind of intrinsic human nature relationship from a young age is crucial as part of our youth development training for climate action.

We’ve noticed that you’re a keen follower of sustainable fashion. How did that journey start? 

Actually, I haven’t really purchased clothes since I was young. Because my mother works as a fashion manufacturer and she always has a lot of samples and some of the defective items that she would just bring home and we’d just wear them. I guess her job experience shows me how disruptive the fashion industry is, given that they’re throwing away so many clothes she tries to bring as many as possible back home, but then the rest will still be thrown away. And so, from a young age, I realized this problem of fast fashion and what we can do as individuals to counter it. I was lucky enough that I didn’t have to buy anything because my mother would give it to me. But now, as I grow older, I still need to shop on my own. So, then I will opt for thrifting second-hand clothes. I think I kind of started to experience the joy of thrifting when I was in the United States for exchange studies and saw a lot of thrift shops. In Hong Kong, it’s not as common to find these thrift shops, as most of the thrift shops are relatively low-end – very, very cheap fashion or fake items. So, it wasn’t very encouraging to go there. But then, a few years ago, I came across a new foundation in Hong Kong called Redress and I really appreciate their work. It’s run by 3 to 5 people – a small team but they’re collecting a lot of relatively higher quality secondhand clothes, and then they sell them. They rent a space in an A-grade office building and host a Second-hand Gala for everyone to buy these clothes at a cheaper price. I’ve become a fan of that Gala and I really appreciate how this is becoming a trendy thing to do – to wear secondhand items. I hope this will continue in the future. 

I guess the most important thing is to destigmatize wearing second-hand. Because when I go to more high-end places and I tell people that I’m wearing second-hand, they might still think lowly of me. I think we just need to detach the idea of wearing second-hand from being cheap because it’s actually regenerative and positive for the planet. So I’m actively trying to shape this narrative by being proud of wearing second-hand and also encouraging more of my friends to change into this new lifestyle.

Do you go through eco-anxiety? If you do, how do you deal with it?

I guess for me, I haven’t really experienced true eco-anxiety, unlike some of my friends. I guess it’s because I’m living in a relatively privileged city, so I don’t feel the immediate impact of climate change on our community. I do feel sad seeing all these negative things happening around the world. We need to be even stronger and even more confident in trying to solve it from the perspective of mitigation to adaptation. I think seeing all these extreme events, my attention is shifting more from the mitigation side to the adaptation side, because I think, for mitigation, it kind of seems like some of the solutions are natural because there are financial benefits to do so, like people are investing in renewables because it just makes sense. But for adaptation, it’s always about loss and damage, it’s always about compensation. There’s no natural motivation to push adaptation projects to be realized. So, personally, although I haven’t felt eco-anxiety, I just feel a stronger urge to work on climate adaptation and see what we can do to make these impoverished communities live better and even for resilience – like how do we build resilience in that infrastructure in community networks. So that we can prevent damage to them when future events hit. 

Tell us about a practice(s) in your culture that’s actually very sustainable and good for the planet. 

I guess it’s the rice dumplings, like, for Dragon Boat Festival, we will wrap rice with banana leaves and then we tie it with a string made from seagrass. So it’s a natural way of making our delicacies. 

How do you practice sustainability in your regular lifestyle?

I think I’m very cautious of what I do and what I admit, for example, for travel, I would try to aggregate my tours as far as possible. Then I wouldn’t need to travel too many times a year, even for important events. Then, of course, I don’t use any single-use plastic, so I never buy drinks outside. I would always only drink water most of the time. Or, maybe if I really need, I get aluminum canned drinks so we can recycle the cans. For fashion, as I mentioned before, I always follow slow fashion, and I even buy my furniture and other items from second-hand marketplaces. For makeup, I use vegan and cruelty-free brands. I’m a pescetarian and I’m moving toward becoming a vegetarian or vegan, but I’m still struggling with some of the nutritional requirements for myself. So I guess, my advice would be to do what you’re best at and to pursue that. 

I’ve also learned over the years to not stigmatize people. Like, I used to discriminate against everyone who used plastic bottled water but then when you think about it, maybe they never take a flight, or maybe they’re very sustainable with their diets. So I think everyone can play that part and support others because everyone doing things, even if it’s something little – would mean a lot to the whole world.

What do you do for fun?

I love hiking because it is a good way to connect with nature and also with the local villages, especially going to the snack shops selling local food, like tea cakes along hiking trails. 

Who is your idol?

I was actually inspired back in primary school when I did a project on climate change and we interviewed a polar explorer called Dr Rebecca Lee. She’s the first woman in the world who has traveled to the North Pole, the South Pole, and Mount Everest. So she’s my absolute idol. 

And now I am very honored to be able to go on this expedition and hopefully I can bring as much impact to the world as she did because she inspired me just by having one interview. And I hope that I can also speak to someone and inspire them to be an advocate for the climate.

What’s your mantra for life?

I think it’s that – change starts with ordinary people doing extraordinary things. I always think that change doesn’t need to start with something very grand but just as my idea would evolve into something that is material if you work hard enough and there’ll be people supporting you along the way. So when I first started V’air, it was completely out of the blue – we had just joined a competition and had this idea and then we decided to continue it – just because we really believed in the mission. And then we met quite a few important mentors along the way, who advised us to keep going and introduced us to business partners so that we could grow and scale up till today. So, I think, we need to believe in ourselves and our capability to do something bigger than ourselves. 

How can people join you in the climate movement? 

I think the best way is to just reach out to me if you’re interested in starting a regional chapter of Vair, like just the same idea of promoting local tourism in your locality. And we can share some resources with you to start the organization in your country or city and even with some startup funding that we’re able to raise here in Hong Kong. So if you want to do something in Bangladesh, for instance, and you’re looking for somewhere to start, we can potentially give you some grants to start it locally so that we can expand our impact. 

For other things, you can stay tuned with my social media and I’ll be posting some of the channels through which other people can participate in the Antarctic Climate Expedition. Because I think during and after the expedition, we’re planning some idea co-creation rounds where we’ll be doing virtual webinars and brainstorming sessions that everyone can join in forming part of the resolutions for Net Zero and potentially some of the submissions we make to the UN and National governments.

Your Guide to a Career in Sustainable Fashion

Your Guide to a Career in Sustainable Fashion

It is evident with the rising climate crisis that we are slowly and inevitably turning to sustainability and greener practices. Businesses are certainly aware of this, but when it comes to the fashion industry, (one of the largest polluters in the world), there is a growing demand for environmental protection and conservation, a movement that has now reached a fever pitch.

Basically, it is no longer enough for fashion designers to just make beautiful outfits. With the increasing number of conscious consumers around the world, the industry is grappling with questions about sustainability. This has enabled sustainable fashion brands to finally get the exposure they deserve and also led other brands to start practicing sustainability (those that are not still greenwashing us, of course). Basically, new green career opportunities are now on the rise within the fashion industry, providing us the opportunity to make actual impacts while focusing on our careers in fashion.

Fernanda Lopes Lima, Ethical Fashion Designer at TUAessence says, “Aiming for a Sustainable Fashion is the only way to make Fashion today if we want to think of a future. Therefore, the possibilities are endless. Those brands not focusing on social and environmental matters are doomed to fail very quickly, I believe.”

So what does it take to start a career in Sustainable Fashion? Let’s get started:

1. Identify your sector: 

Start with identifying what you want to do. Knowing exactly which areas you want to work with will surely make your journey easier because then you can just focus on the knowledge, academic degrees, and skillset required for your preferred role.  

Not sure what’s in store?

When it comes to sustainable and ethical jobs, there are a plethora of options available, some of which are linked to the fabric materials and design, others to supply chain management and ethical sourcing, and others are connected to the corporate social responsibility aspect of these businesses. Here are some examples for you (only some because there is so much more!).

As I mentioned before, these are just a very few examples. There are so many more exciting roles that the sustainable fashion industry can offer. By the end of this article, you will have plenty of resources to help you find out more about roles within the industry and relevant opportunities.

2. Educate Yourself:

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To be able to thrive in the sustainable fashion industry, you will need to take out some time to educate yourself on topics like climate change, sustainability, renewable energy, circular economy, climate justice, sustainable fashion, worker health and safety, gender equity, etc.

For those wanting to start now, my advice is: EDUCATION! Be curious, wonder, ask questions, study, dig deeper and learn from brands who are truly committed to doing a Conscious Fashion.

Fernanda Lopes Lima, Ethical Fashion Designer at TUAessence

Now, of course, for each field of work, you will need a specific set of skills along with theoretical and practical knowledge. Note that if you already have a degree but you don’t think it is relevant to the sustainable fashion sector, you might be wrong. The industry offers all sorts of roles and your degree in Business, Computer science, Engineering, Arts, Development, or even Social Sciences can still help. Yes, your degree is not wasted – well, unless you don’t intend to work within the field anymore. 

So basically, if you already have a degree that you want to utilize, you only have to make the effort to educate yourself and sharpen your knowledge around the sustainable fashion industry, climate change, sustainability in general, renewable energy, circular economy, climate justice, worker health and safety, gender equity, etc (if your degree did not already cover these sectors). For this, you don’t necessarily need to spend a fortune. There are plenty of free resources out there for you. 

FutureLearn provides amazing courses on pretty much everything from Sustainable Fashion to the SDGs to help you get a solid concept idea. Apart from being super flexible, their courses are delivered by experts in these fields from world-class universities and organizations. You can access these certified courses on FutureLearn

And if you are looking for some free resources to learn about fashion and sustainability, you should definitely check out the list below:

If you’re looking to invest in a degree instead, there are a plethora of options out there for you. As for specific degrees or courses to take to pursue a career in sustainable fashion, there’s no “one size fits all” formula. Academic institutions around the world offer various programs that can help you not only get your knowledge and skills sharpened but also enable you to create a strong network of people within your area of passion. 

3. Get Involved: 

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Get yourself out there, talk about your passion, meet like-minded people, and make friends who share similar beliefs with you – all while carving your way into a smooth career in sustainability. Here’s what I mean by getting involved: 

Join local or online events: You can also join relevant workshops, seminars, and other relevant events happening around you or online. There are gazillions of these happening right now, so why not join one? Not only it’s an easy way to learn more about your sector from experts but also an incredible networking opportunity. Who knows? Maybe you will find a mentor or might even make some really cool friends who share your passion. You can follow these useful platforms that regularly organize workshops, campaigns, and relevant events that you can participate in :

Volunteer your time: Get involved in sustainable activities around you. You can start by looking for volunteer opportunities in the sustainability sector within and outside your community. These can include activities like plogging, planting trees, marine conservation, beach cleanups, community gardening, wildlife rescue and so much more!

Here are some useful links where you can find out more about volunteering opportunities locally and abroad:

  • The United Nations Volunteers – UNV program offers a plethora of volunteerism programs worldwide.
  • is a non-profit organization with plenty of volunteer opportunities to choose from based on your location and interests.
  • Volunteer World is one of the most trusted platforms for people around the world looking for opportunities to volunteer abroad.
  • Volunteer FDIP is another great volunteer abroad organization program that offers volunteer opportunities in over 16 countries around the world.
  • Fuze Ecoteer also offers to connect you with various kinds of sustainable volunteer opportunities around the world.
  • Habitat for Humanity offers many green building-related projects in various countries around the world. 
  • Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) is a wonderful space for you if you want to trade your time and work for rooms and boards in one of many countries around the world under the WWOOF network.
  • The Student Conservation Association is a great platform if you live in the United States and are looking for local volunteering opportunities, an internship, or even a seasonal job in a national park around you.
  • Friends of the Urban Forest is also based in the United States in San Fransico and they seek local volunteers to help with tree plantation projects. 

Get some field experience: Many of these platforms above also offer wonderful internship programs around sustainability that might interest you. By joining an internship program relevant to your sector, you get some actual field experience before you apply for your dream job. Subscribe to our green opportunities newsletter to get updates on relevant internship opportunities in the sustainable fashion industry. You can also follow Green Jobs Board founded by Brown Girl Green as she and her team share green opportunities regularly. LinkedIn is also a great and easy way to find opportunities like these.

Pro tip: If you’re already involved in a company that does not really practice sustainability, you can take that opportunity to build sustainable initiatives within your company or organization. This really adds as an experience if you can manage your supervisors to get on board. This could be something as simple as organizing and leading a community gardening project or maybe a weekly/monthly plogging or beach clean-up activity with your co-workers.

4. Connect and engage: 

Start talking about your passion with like-minded people, remember, the goal is to build relationships, not just connections. Get active on your social media, and share your experiences, learnings, and thoughts about all these volunteer events, workshops, and seminars. Talk about why you care about sustainability in fashion so much and share relevant studies to back yourself up. 

Follow and interact: There are so many prominent communities and organizations working hard to bring sustainability in fashion in various ways from advocating for the rights of garment workers around the world to promoting awareness on the environmental impacts of fashion. Follow them on Instagram to learn and interact with them. Many of these platforms like the Slow Fashion Movement and Remake also offer ambassador programs where they encourage inspired individuals who are passionate about sustainability in fashion to become one of them enabling them to actively participate in and organize relevant campaigns and events. Here are some of the best online platforms and communities that you can follow:

Gear up: Now is the time for you to start getting active on LinkedIn. Establish your credibility by updating your experiences, educational background, and relevant courses on your profile, and make an effort to really brush it up to make it professional. Remember, you have got one chance to make a good impression, so you need to make it count by crafting a relevant compelling story about who you are and what you do and incorporating that into your LinkedIn profile. Once that’s done, find relevant peers, industry experts, and professionals to follow. Start connecting and actively engaging with people and communities who can introduce you to opportunities in the industry. Make sure to utilize the networks you have built through all those workshops, seminars, and volunteer programs.

5. Find job opportunities and start applying: 

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Now that you have the knowledge, experience, and network, you’re ready to apply for your dream job. Start with making a great resume that stands out. Here’s how:

  • Highlight your skills and experiences, along with your degree of expertise in a visual and easy-to-read style.
  • Keep it simple and relevant, not too cluttered
  • Make sure to focus on your extracurricular activities. Yes, these play a huge role.
  • Ensure that your resume/CV visually stands out, or is nice to look at. 

Once that’s ready, you are set to apply for your dream job. You can find ethical companies with relevant opportunities on LinkedIn just by putting your keywords on the job board. As you’re already following your dream platforms on social media and LinkedIn, you will automatically know when there are new opportunities. Apart from that, you can also keep an eye on our green opportunities section to stay updated on current and upcoming relevant opportunities in sustainability.

6. Be patient and persistent:

It might take some time for you to hear back from employers, especially in the current times. Know that it’s completely okay and do not let that discourage you. Feel confident to follow up with the hiring managers with your specific queries like what the timeline is like for the position. Remember to always maintain a humble and positive attitude.

Bonus: Some extra useful resources for you:

1. Newsletters you can sign up to: 

To help you learn and stay updated:

To help you find career opportunities:

2. Podcasts you can listen to:

3. Eco advocates, greenfluencers, and journalists to follow:

4. Books to read:

  • Loved Clothes Last by Orsola de Castro
  • Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best To Fast Fashion by Clare Press
  • The Conscious Closet: The Revolutionary Guide to Looking Good While Doing Good  by Elizabeth Cline
  • How To Break Up With Fast Fashion Notebook: A Guilt-Free Guide to Changing the Way You Shop, for Good  by Lauren Bravo
  • Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion by Tansy Hoskins
  • Secondhand: Travels in the New Global Garage Sale by Adam Minter

Got more questions? Just reach out to us on Instagram or send us an email.

Wishing you good luck on your journey, cheers!

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