Introducing myself and my journal: be here now

bessie
Posted October 24, 2009 from United States

About Me:I am a 30-year-old woman living in Fairbanks, Alaska. I work in an aquatic ecology lab at the University of Alaska Fairbanks where I recently completed my master's degree studying stream ecology. I came to this site because I am very interested in issues of environmental and social justice for humans and non-humans alive on the earth. I have had experience working in ecological research, advocacy for victims of domestic violence and child abuse, organic farming and education. Despite the relative wealth and privilege of life in the US, in my home state of Louisiana, as well as here in Alaska, I have encountered many instances of poverty and environmental racism that impact women and children disproportionately. In my work studying rivers I hope to contribute to conservation planning that benefits all of the animals who depend on rivers for their health and homes, including humans.

My Passions:conservation, social justice, environmental justice

My Challenges:making my contribution meaningful, overcoming my own fear and insecurity

My Vision for the Future:a world where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthy, safe, joyful life

My Areas of Expertise:stream ecology, sustainable food production, domestic violence

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  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Oct 25, 2009
    Oct 25, 2009

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • Jade Frank
    Oct 25, 2009
    Oct 25, 2009

    Hi Bessie,

    Welcome to PulseWire. We are thrilled to have you as a new member in our thriving community of women who are lifting their voices in the name of empowerment and connecting across borders to make positive change for women everywhere!

    I'm especially excited to see you here in our community because I myself am from Fairbanks, Alaska! It is great to see Alaskans here on PulseWire.

    I encourage you to use your journal as a place to introduce yourself, your work and your passions to the PulseWire community. Think of your journal as a blog, where you can speak your mind and reach an audience of nearly 3000 women and supporters of women's initiatives. I think that you will find PulseWire to be an exciting place to garner support, make connections and share your story!

    With your interest in environmental justice, you should consider to joining and contributing to the PulseWire group "Earth: Transforming Energy," a forum for sharing, learning, discussion, and inspiration around pressing environmental, sustainability, and land use issueshttp://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/groups/12327

    Here are a few other PulseWire members who are passionate about the environment that you might like to connect with:

    Rosemary Olive Mbone Enie Chief Executive Officer/Founder, Society for Women Empowerment Education and Training (SWEET) Africa Foundationhttp://www.worldpulse.com/user/100

    Erin Swanson Communications Specialist, Water.org http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2389

    heatherc67 Freelance Writer, United Distant Stars Blog http://www.worldpulse.com/user/2843

    catalicu Biologist, OpEPAhttp://www.worldpulse.com/user/2898

    I look forward to hearing more of your voice here on PulseWire! Also, check out this great opportunity to be published in World Pulse Magazine: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/mystory

    Warm regards, Jade

    Online Community Manager World Pulse