Meet the Earthwatchers!
 
Ella Cristina Acioli, Mina Juruti-Norte do Brasil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“I am interested in understanding the studies that have been developed worldwide related to climate change and forests. As an employee of Alcoa we will work in the area of environment to design and tailor a project for our region where we can systematically collect data to assess the correlation between forests and climate change.”
 
Todd Bell, Willowdale Mine, Australia
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“From participating in Earthwatch I am hoping to be able to learn about how climate change is impacting other countries and be able to feed this information back to the operators at Willowdale during training sessions. I am also hoping to further improve my environmental research and fieldwork skills, while working in a diverse team.”
 
Marco Bouchard, Alcoa Baie-Comeau, Canada
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“I have grown up in a small town, surrounded by forest and lakes. I am eager to draw parallels between what they are facing in Brazil, and compare them to what we are facing here in Canada (less snow in winter, more severe tides, acid rain, etc.)”
 
Edson Dos Santos de Souza, Ferramentaria Central, Brazil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“I hope to gain experience in order to educate people in my community about climate change and the preservation of forests. Despite the subject being much in vogue, I know that much remains to be done and want to give my contribution to the planet and the life. I will contribute with great enthusiasm and objectivity because I am a person who has great experience in rural and forest environments, I want to improve the lives of my community with accurate and effective actions.”
 
Anna Falvay-Dulics, Alcoa-Köfém Kft., Alcoa EMP, Hungary
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“With their actions, people have great affect upon their surrounding environment. Because of this, we have even greater responsibility in taking good care of our environment, of natural treasures and wildlife. We are also responsible for maintaining actions that aim to protect our environment.”
 
Jamie Lee, Fullerton, CA, USA
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“My passion for sustaining our world’s natural resources developed through my college years and has grown even more after entering the workforce, especially since I’m an Environmental Engineer. I hope to put my knowledge to use by participating in a hands-on experience in a natural forest/reserve.”
 
Alba García Patallo, Alcoa Inespal Avilés, Spain
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“I think this is an exceptional opportunity to really get involved with the environmental problems that we are experiencing nowadays, to understand them and learn how I can collaborate in preventing them. I also consider the possibility of being part of an Earthwatch Institute project as a very important privilege. Collaborating with a nonprofit organization is always a grateful experience.”
 
Xiaopeng Geng, China
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“I hope to be given the opportunity to broaden my horizons and gain more experiences through the exploration of nature, which will serve as inspiration to increase my awareness and aspiration for environmental protection. I also hope that by being closer to nature, I’ll be able to contribute my support and do my part for scientific work. I look forward to obtaining the opportunity to learn about animals and plants in the natural world, climate change research, as well as experience in the forests. I hope to have an understanding of the urgency around conservation and acquire first-hand knowledge to promote the importance of actions and awareness of environmental protection to people around me.”
 
Liang Lu, China
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“I devote half my time at work mainly to the environmental protection of Alcoa’s local community, children’s environmental education and sustainable development. I want to study global climate change more deeply to better and more comprehensively integrate it into Alcoa’s community work, as well as promote Alcoa’s excellent corporate responsibility and culture.”
 
Peter Machen, Wagerup Refinery, Australia
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“This expedition will provide me with some first-hand experience of the enormous task ahead. It presents an unparalleled opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of our true place on Earth and to proactively pass that knowledge on to the next generation of young Australians.”
 
Cornelia Major, Booragoon, Australia
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“I am genuinely passionate about environmental causes. I try to lead a sustainable lifestyle wherever possible. Gaining more theoretical knowledge will help make my passion for environmental sustainability even stronger. Joining the Earthwatch project would give me more knowledge of climate change issues and also would allow me to make sure that our procurement processes improve in respect to sustainability.”
 
Marcelo Montini, Alcoa Pocos de Caldas, Brazil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“My involvement in this program allows me to contact and exchange experiences in sustainability with people from other countries, creating a system of best practices that can be applied in our home, business and community. Additionally, this experience will help my personal growth, because I will have the opportunity to experience new cultures, and meet different people from these locations.”
 
Katherine Naess, Alcoa Mosjoen, Norway
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“As a young girl, I was part of the 4-H organization for many years, where nature and society are two of the main pillars. Those years taught me a lot about the importance of preserving our environment, even in Norway where we take so much for granted. Norwegians are in general very occupied with environmental conservation, recycling, protecting our fjords and coastline and sustainable development is taught from childhood. I would like to participate in the program to learn more about Alcoa’s role as an active member in the global society. Being one of the newest members of the Alcoa family, it will be great to have the chance to make a sustainable difference.”
 
Freyja Omarsdottir, Alcoa Fjardaal, Iceland
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“I already have a good understanding of the important responsibility we humans have for the environment. Only we can change what we have put in motion and education and knowledge are the first steps, followed of course by action. The experience I hope to gain from this is real in-depth knowledge about what is causing the decline in the quality of our environment and what we can do to change it. And hopefully in turn, I can help other people to understand that too. Caring for the environment should be second nature to us.”
 
Heitor Parenti Junior, Alcoa Pocos de Caldas, Brazil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“This is a unique opportunity, not only to further my knowledge of sustainability, but also to work actively for the protection and preservation of an ecosystem, by helping with field research on climate change and forests. Because of all that, right now, I feel very motivated to experience this incredible program.”
 
Viviane Penna, Juruti-Pa, Brazil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“I know that working as a Fellow has a transforming power. Understanding environmental issues more closely multiplies our engagement and thus enables us to disseminate the learning to coworkers and community, besides being a great opportunity to develop personally and professionally.”
 
Anna Piskunova, Alcoa Belaya Kalitva, Russia
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“I have a strong desire to dedicate my future professional life to environmental protection activities. I want to contribute to the Alcoa Earthwatch Fellowship program as much as I can, with all my dedication and effort. And I'm sure this experience will be very valuable for my personal professional development in this field and hence for the company and the community.”
 
Jack Richards, New York City, USA
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“I have experience in and passion around using business as a vehicle to reduce human impact on the environment and strongly believe that a company can realize additional profitability by operating in a sustainable manner. The fellowship will offer an opportunity to see the impact of businesses operating in the natural world. I look forward to the opportunity to become knowledgeable of the first-hand impact of climate change.”
 
Tommy Rogers, Alcoa Architectural Products, USA
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“When we learn, we can better solve problems and continually improve our situation and the situations of all those around us. The potential for an Earthwatch Alcoa Fellowship has excited me with possibility of seeing new realms of nature. I have observed and explored the forests of the southeastern US for many years and I welcome the opportunity for comparison to the forests of South America. I understand the significance of climate change - but I need to see more of the global effects. Forests are the filters for our atmosphere and can reveal many possible solutions to our environmental issues. My hope is to somehow expand the interest of others in our natural world and to cultivate their desire to conserve, preserve and even restore some parts of our environment.”
 
Aulvin Sweet, Paramaraibo, Suriname
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 1)
“I've always been fascinated by and interested in science and also in research regarding nature. I can help with the research and I'm sure this will be a great learning experience. With the experience I will gain, I hope to contribute in processes regarding sustainability within Suralco LLC and Suriname.”
 
Tony Tao, China
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“I hope to participate in this important Earthwatch project and focus on the climate change problems we face today. We must actively respond to these problems and make the greatest effort to change our actions and behavior toward the environment.
 
Manon Tisseur, Kawneer Company, Canada
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“The environment has always been important to me. I am proud that the company I work for has the same values as mine, in regard to climate change. I wish more than ever to make my contribution so that future generations can benefit from our efforts and our commitment to the environment. It is a unique opportunity to learn more about the changes in climate that we live in now, not only here but also elsewhere in the world.”
 
Fulian Wang, China
Expedition:  Gutianshan National Nature Reserve, in Zhejiang Province, China (team 2)
“Through this program, I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the principles of climate change, research and study the measures that “we” can take, as well as the practical countermeasures for extreme weather.”
 
Reinaldo Zago, Utinga-Santo Andre, Brazil
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
“My participation will enhance my work knowledge, technologies, processes and experience with other environments. It will certainly be very important for continuing and furthering my personal goals. It will also strengthen me as a teacher of concepts and practices of environmental conservation, helping to ensure better conditions for our climate and our future generations.”
 
Lu Zhao, AAP, China
Expedition:  Rio Cachoeira Natural Reserve in Paraná State, Brazil (team 3)
A famous Chinese saying about knowledge seeking and self-cultivation is “Read thousands of books, travel thousands of miles.” Although it is simple, it summarizes a lot of ancient wisdom and experience. Communicating Alcoa’s sustainability vision and commitments is a crucial part of my daily work. With all the articles, presentations, charts and pictures that I read every day, I am still missing a key part to understanding why we promote sustainability at Alcoa: practice. The Earthwatch Alcoa Fellowship Program can provide this for me. I expect to gain first-hand academic and practical knowledge about the environment and conservation; experiences to deepen my insights and enrich my view about environmental protection; improved skills for learning, communicating and collaborating; and a vivid personal story to use in promoting sustainability in my community.
 



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