In this day and age, we as humans are surrounded by global crises. Some issues are very close to home, like the recent pandemic, while others are further away from our day-to-day lives. Though they may seem less important because of this, the opposite is true. The increasing number of endangered species is declared a crisis by scientists and global organisations such as the World Economic Forum. IUCN has listed 28% of the endangered animals at risk of extinction. Just two years ago (2021) we lost a pivotal animal in Africa, the white rhinoceros.
Preserving a diverse ecosystem is important for human survival, but there is more to this than meets the eye. Biodiversity is important and relevant for the balance of our world. It’s easy to forget about this problem living in the city. And that is where we come in. We are here to inform you about endangered species, to hopefully give insight into aspects of this topic that you might have never thought of. How do fair treatment and privilege connect to these issues? Is preserving a species as easy as it sounds? Let us take these topics a little closer to home.
But first, let us introduce ourselves:
Hi there! I’m Liese and I’m 26 years old. Currently, I’m following the master Bioinformatics and Biocomplexity. The reason I choose to study communication for a little while is because I enjoy storytelling in whatever form and I would like to connect my education with my hobbies. With my education and work, I’ve mainly focused on DNA research for medical purposes but besides that, I’m also eager to learn more about environmental topics such as climate change, biodiversity and pollution which are all linked to the welfare of wildlife.
Hi! I’m Laura, a 27 year old chemist doing a masters in science education and communication. After working in the pharmaceutical side of chemistry, I almost felt guilty keeping all of these intriguing stories to myself. Hence the studies in communication. Aside from chemistry, animal welfare is also something I am very passionate about! As an animal caretaker and volunteer on educational farms and shelters, I have experienced and truly enjoyed the complexity of animals and their behaviour.
My name is Katherine I am 29 years old, I am from Peru and I am a veterinarian currently doing my Masters in One Health at Utrecht, I think what took to take the C-profile was an infinite curiosity for everything but also the need to share my knowledge with everyone, COVID gave me a new curiosity for the way the scientists are trying to communicate with people, as a veterinarian I am very excited to talk about the topic of endangered species which is a very important topic for me.