Why do I care?
My environmental journey started in scientific research as I was motivated by the algae pollution in Taihu Lake to explore natural solutions to water challenges. Eventually I realized the gap between academia and the real world, and the many social, economic, and cultural barriers that prevent solutions from being shared with those who need it the most. No one wants to intentionally harm the environment, but we are often pushed to do so due to lack of information, incentives, and convenience. These are choices that are shaped by the design of our environments. As city populations continue to boom, I am working on design interventions that incentivize people to live more sustainable lives where they can connect to nature, to each other, and to themselves.