The 5 Gyres Institute empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure. I am a part of the 5 Gyres Ambassador Program, a group of individuals from all over the world who volunteer to advocate their mission by conducting workshops and speaking
at events. I also do pro-bono design work for the organization.
My final year research project at Parsons focusses on changing consumer behaviour when it comes to plastic packaging. I aim to achieve this by creating a reliable certification seal that ensures that the producer takes responsibility for recycling that product.
The certification is a prototype that can potentially be implemented by a reliable and well-established organization in order to have the required funding to promote this movement.
As a part of the Global Vision International (GVI) volunteer team, I spent the summer of 2016 in Pez Maya with a group of amazing people from around the world! This project works in conjunction with several highly regarded organisations such as Amigos de Sian Ka’an, a Mexican NGO famous for their conservation work. Through such partnerships, we as volunteers were sure that our efforts were making a serious and measurable impact under the water.
We studied how to identify different coral species using the CoralWatch methodology and collected data determining the ecological health of different species of corals in the Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve area. The base team I was a part of collected and analysed marine debris on a weekly basis through beach cleans. I was also an active part of education and awareness programs within the local community of a nearby fisherman's village called Punta Allen.
While interning with 17000 ft Foundation, I was a member of the base team in Leh that monitors the libraries and infrastructure set up by the NGO. I had the opportunity to visit seven government schools around the valley where I got to teach them their regular subjects and interact with the students through art and storytelling.
I was a Facilitator for two volunteer group projects with TeamUp@17000ft. "Ramites@17000ft" was the first group, with high school students from The Shri Ram School - Moulsari based in Gurgaon, India. With them, I spent 10 days in Govt. Middle School, Fotoksar.
The second group was "High Altitude Education" with Operation Groundswell, an organization based in Canada. We spent 2 weeks in Centralized Residential School, Lingshed.