Brittany Benson has a Civil Engineering degree from the University of Calgary and is currently perusing a master degree in International Management and Development at Lund University in Sweden. She hopes to one day have a career working with natural resource management from a sustainable development perspective, and inspire others to work and travel abroad. In her free time Brittany loves to cook, read, play soccer and spend time outdoors.
When did you realize that you had a passion for the environment? What made you realize it?
My passion for the environment emerged from both my recreational activities and my career ambitions. I grew up in Calgary, spending time in the mountains and vacationing in the summer to the beautiful lakes of interior BC. Spending time outdoors is my favourite past time and makes me realize the interconnectivity of humans and our environment. Also I have worked with energy production in the past, which is closely linked to environmental challenges.
Do you have a favourite Starfish article? What makes it so special to you?
My favourite Startfish article is Go Green, Philippines because it discusses integrating the local population into the sustainability practices. Also, the Philippines has been topping my travel list for the past few months!
If you could focus your energy on one issue facing the environment today, what would it be? How would you do it?
If I were to focus my energy on a single environment issues today it would be limiting deforestation and forest degradation because this initiative reduces carbon dioxide emissions and leaves the natural landscape intact. Also, around half of the world’s forests are in low- and middle-income countries where deforestation efforts are done in conjunction with community livelihood benefiting activities. It is my goal to have a career working with projects aimed to reduce deforestation in developing counties.
Do you have any green new years resolutions for 2013?
Yes, my green new years resolution for 2013 focuses on the food – what I am eating and where it comes from. I have recently turned vegetarian it has been an enriching experience because I have become more aware of the social and environmental impacts of food consumption. My resolution is to eat an 80% raw food diet with more food coming from local, seasonal sources.
What would you like to see the Starfish accomplish this year?
This year I would like The Starfish to continue to grow and give its reader valuable and unique perspectives on current social and environment issues. I hope it is able to reach a larger reader base and encourage more community action.