My passion for nature and the wish to contribute to positive change made me decide to do a master in Forest and nature conservation in Wageningen. Fascinated by nature’s more intangible values, I wrote my master thesis about deeper values in Dutch forest management. This topic suddenly gave me access to this incredibly interesting research into the connection that people experience with nature and the physiological and psychological benefits that come from it. On top of this, discovering that nature connectedness enhances environmentally responsible behavior in people, made me wonder what the future world could look like if more people experienced this. I truly believe that this could positively transform our society.
I enjoy looking at complex problems from different perspectives. Therefore, I am excited to learn in my current position as a trainee of the “Integrated area-based approach” (Integrale gebiedsgerichte aanpak) traineeship more about the different perspectives of the challenges in relation to nitrogen, climate and water in the Netherlands.