My Path as an Environmental Research Intern with Divert NS - By Domi Alvirde

Waste Reduction

As an Environmental Research Intern at Divert NS, I've embarked on an incredible journey driven by my passion for the planet. Today, I'm excited to share my experiences and shed light on the critical role of waste management in combating climate change.

From a young age, I've been captivated by our planet's beauty and concerned about its future. This led me to pursue environmental education in high school, where I realized the significance of protecting Earth's resources. Seeking inspiration and a clear career path, I came to Nova Scotia in 2021 to study Environmental Engineering Technology at NSCC.

Thanks to a scholarship program between NSCC and Divert NS, I was granted the privilege of completing my work term with Divert. This opportunity, which is a requirement for my graduation, has been an invaluable experience. I am deeply grateful for the knowledge and growth it has provided me.

During my internship, I embarked on a research project titled: “How Is Waste Management Climate Action: Strategies and Implications of Waste Management Practices in Mitigating Climate Change.” The aim was to highlight waste management as a crucial aspect of climate action and emphasize its role in mitigating climate change. Contrary to popular belief, waste in Nova Scotia is often overlooked as a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. However, through a comprehensive examination of the waste life cycle, it becomes evident that waste management holds immense potential for environmental impact.

I've also had the privilege of engaging in captivating waste facility tours and connecting with inspiring individuals. These experiences have expanded my knowledge and deepened my understanding of the waste management industry. One of the highlights has been collaborating with HRM on a project focusing on cigarette butts. By raising awareness about the environmental consequences of cigarette butt littering, we aim to create positive change and foster a cleaner, healthier environment for all.

In conclusion, my path as an Environmental Research Intern at Divert NS has been transformative. From my early interest in environmental education to pursuing studies in Nova Scotia and securing this internship, each step has guided me towards a greater understanding of our planet's needs. I remain steadfast in my commitment to environmental stewardship, and I firmly believe that waste management plays a vital role in combating climate change. By embracing sustainable practices and raising awareness, we can forge a brighter future for generations to come.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity provided by Divert NS and NSCC. They have equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed to make a lasting impact. Together, let us continue striving for a sustainable world where every action counts.