I had to cover the following points in 350 words for a program that focuses on environmental policy and planning:
#origin of interest in environmental issues
#How you'll benefit from the program
#what is your future career plans
#relevant special interests.
We don't have plan B because there is no planet B
This ecosystem that we have created for ourselves with a connection so deep that every single one of us are a part of it in the most infinitesimal sense begins with the green and the blue of our planet. For me, my love for the environment began with tree; an average krishnochura (royal poinciana) tree that a younger version of me found friendship in; a tree that was cut down in order to use it for more practical reasons. Back then it seemed like there was an imbalance afoot to how human societies worked with the environment, thus started my journey towards understanding how to combat this imbalance.
The 2010s is when the world started plans that will act as the bedrock of the future. IPCC developed the fifth assessment report, the MDGs were transitioned to the SDGs, COP negotiations were on the way, among others. That was also the time I found myself transitioning into an arena of sustainability through academia and professional expertise, and in time I have found out that my path has led me to a career where I see myself as acting as a driver to sustainable development through the SDGs.
By trade, I am a researcher who is highly influenced by the concept of sustainability and how science and technology can be used to connect the dots to policy making. My multifaceted interests in technology, conservation, philosophy, literature, art and culture, gender equality and philosophy pave my way towards achieving my goals.
I am applying to this program because I believe it will aid in my specific skill development and expose me to a diverse community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the environment and are driven towards change. I am highly interested in the research arena this program will provide me, and I would like to further my undergraduate final year thesis through this program.
I hope that you will provide me with a chance to learn from this program. In turn, I will aspire to uphold my goals, keeping in mind words from Ban Ki-Moon, "We don't have plan B because there is no planet B".
Any input is highly appreciated :)