I recently interned at a charity based in Bangkok, Thailand, called the Plant A Tree Today (PATT) Foundation. They plant trees in order to combat climate change, as well as educate students on the environment through awesome trips in the forest. My experience was fantastic and I learnt a lot about conservation that you can’t be taught in a lecture theatre:
• Love for the environment is not something that can be forced on to people, you have to show them and let them be inspired by nature.
• Planting one tree might not save the world, but getting a child to plant that tree can inspire them to do great things and make a huge difference.
• It’s not easy to raise money for a very good cause, no matter how hard you try and how much you glitz it up.
• If you want to make a serious, positive environmental change you need big, reliable funding.
I thoroughly enjoyed working for the PATT Foundation and appreciate the insights that first-hand experience provides. Not to mention all those beaming smiles and laughing kids, inspiring me as much as I them, with their love and care for the environment.
Check out my interview with PATT’s top individual supporter Matthias Gelber (pictured below), also known as The Green Man for his dedication to tackling the climate crisis: