Fatin with Margarita Astrálaga, the Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Fatin with Margarita Astrálaga, the Regional Director, UNEP Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean

Environment student wins vlogging competition, advocates for environmental action in Barbados

Fatin Chowdhury, a UWaterloo Environment student, has a fierce commitment to sustainability in the face of climate change. Recently, he followed this passion and entered a vlogging competition held by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), where actor and UNEP ambassador, Don Cheadle personally selected him for first place.

Fatin’s winning video prompts viewers to prepare for World Environment Day (WED) as UWaterloo students and staff repeat this year’s theme, to “raise your voice, not the sea level.” WED is an annual event where UNEP works to encourage global awareness and action for the environment. As the winner of the vlogging competition, Fatin was awarded the opportunity to travel to Barbados to report on the event firsthand.

During his visit, Fatin travelled to various regions of Barbados to learn how the government and private sectors were responding to environmental challenges with different technology. He also connected with Yeb Sano, the Climate Change Commissioner for the Philippines who led a fast during the Conference of the Parties (COP19) when Typhoon Haiyan hit his country. “It was one of my most meaningful interactions during this contest,” said Fatin.

Fatin has been involved in environmental issues since high school, and during his time at UWaterloo he has attended Rio+20 with the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation, as well as COP19 in Poland last year. He also works with Global Island Partnership, which seeks to promote action for island conservation.

Though his trip has ended, Fatin’s environmental work is certainly far from over. He is currently living in Cambodia where he will be working in Phnom Penh for the next six months for Nexus, a co-operative of development organizations supporting vulnerable communities with climate-friendly projects and financing.

“It’s an interesting contrast to the high level international negotiations I’ve experienced. I will have the opportunity to examine how local projects are impacted by climate policies and how climate finance seeks to have a positive impact on local marginalized communities,” he said of the experience so far.

Fatin will return to UWaterloo in January 2015 to continue his degree in Geography and Environmental Management.

You can watch Fatin’s winning video above and read his blogs for UNEP about WED 2014  for UNEP about WED 2014 as well as his personal blog on the experience.

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