Meet Marissa Jablonski; a true heroine. She is an environmental sustainability consultant who helps people, organizations and companies to transition toward more environmentally sustainable ways of living and working. She travels all around the globe to help improve water quality and reduce plastic pollution. Read all about her amazing work and accomplishments!
The path to becoming an environmental sustainability consultant
When All Good Newz first read about Marissa Jablonski, we already knew that we wanted to feature her in an interview article. She is pure purpose, inspiration and passion! And thanks to the internet and Facebook, we were able to reach out to her. For being only one person, she has accomplished amazing results. Naturally, we wanted to feature her; in order to make our readers aware of how much one single individual can do and change.
Why did you choose this line of work? Why plastics and the environment?
“I was born caring for the environment. There was no turning back after I celebrated my first Earth Day in Kindergarten. I helped my dad make a compost pile, and started realizing that science and teaching was a super way to spread the message! The plastics started when the US Embassy had a need for it. Otherwise, I was working at the United States Agency for International Development as an Environmental Advisor/Scientist.”
It clearly shows that she was born to do this work! Even through the internet, when reading one of her blog stories, watching her on YouTube or reading a news article about her, you can feel her motivation and drive! It’s exactly people like Marissa Jablonski who can bring about change to our world, when it comes to environmental sustainability-related issues such as pollution, water or different lifestyle choices.
What do environmental sustainability consultants work with?
Corporate environmental sustainability is an area that is becoming more and more important. Many companies around the world have started to adapt their businesses towards being more
Plastic waste reduction and the power of one!
You work with both plastic pollution- and clean water-related areas, can you tell us more about your work, or perhaps a special project?
“Yes, in 2018 I was selected to help the US Embassy of Thailand and the Phuket Hotels Association to create and run a 5-part program that ultimately helped 65 associated hotels reduce their plastic straws by 1.6 million and their plastic water bottles by 4.4 million.”
1.6 million plastic straws and 4.4 million plastic bottles! Take a moment and let those number sink in! On the one hand, it is extraordinary how much Marissa could accomplish doing just this one project and in such a short amount of time. On the other hand, the numbers give a hint of the enormous scope of the problem. Therefore, Marissa’s work is extremely necessary and important. In order to achieve environmental sustainability, many more people like her will have to start projects like these, everywhere in the world.
“Depending on the day and the wind and the tide, you can read the language on the plastic and find out which country it is coming from.” – Marissa Jablonski
Let the good take care of the bad!
Undoubtedly, there is a lot of work to do! But the more such work is carried out, the more people are getting aware of it and becoming engaged, the more positive change can result from it. Additionally, it is of the utmost importance to stress the positive psychology behind everything that has to do with the environment and the climate.
We have to stress the fact that we indeed are capable of improving the situation and that there is hope. If we do that, people will be much more willing to both do something for the environment and to help others. It appears to be a much more efficient strategy than abstractly talking about or analyzing the situation, or to spread fear and hopelessness.
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Don’t worry guys, All Good Newz got you covered on this one! We ARE a positive and uplifting news source, after all! Thanks to people like Marissa, there is a lot of hope and potential for the future! Environmental sustainability is already a reality, we just have to spread it and make it universal!
After having written about her plastic project in Phuket, Marissa just happened to mention this, while we are chatting with her:
“Oh, another fun thing I do is help design and build water distribution and sanitation systems with communities in the highlands of Guatemala through a group called Engineers Without Borders.”
As you can see, one single person, in cooperation with like-minded people, can bring about awesome change! Marissa Jablonski’s projects have led to a marvelous plastic waste reduction in Phuket and to clean and accessible water for many people in Guatemala. And she has fun doing it! That, perhaps, is the most crucial part of it.
We can all be environmental sustainability consultants
Lastly, we wanted to ask Marissa what we others can do for the environment. If we start with ourselves, in our homes, in our communities, then we can build upon that foundation and make it a global development. All of us can and should have personal, small sustainable development goals. It’s not a hard thing to do at all, and it feels great!
What has to be done in order to change the tide? What would we all have to improve on a global scale?
“I think what has to be done is 3-fold:
Change starts with self
We all have a social responsibility to learn as much as we can about the natural environment, climate change, single-use plastic, ocean and air pollution, etc. But we have to remember that each of us will have a proclivity towards different things. We need people who know economics, environment, teaching, banking, building, design, everything!
Leverage our impact in our community (including family) and in our employment.
Each and everyone of us has much more influence on those around us than we think. We can be kind and discuss these issues, ask for help and give suggestions. We are in this together!
And finally, we need to vote!
And that means at the ballot box, and also in the store. Our money speaks volumes. And if we use it wisely and combined with clear communication and feedback, the future will look different.“
All Good Newz want to thank Marissa Jablonski for this positive and feel good article and for the fantastic environmental sustainability work she is doing out there in the world!
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