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The Team

Who We Are

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Eirini Sampson

🌱 Founder

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Back in 2021, I was telling my friend that sometimes I don’t even think when I am writing - my hands just go ahead and do it for me. Climate change research is not the same ‘blind’ process - a lot goes into it behind the scenes: we are here to bring you backstage. 

Fast forward to today, I am pursuing my PhD in Environmental Policy at the Centre for Environmental Policy at Imperial College London.

My favorite alternative milk is oat milk because it comes from heaven and nobody can change my mind about that: not too sweet so it goes perfectly with coffee and not too tasteless so it goes perfectly with cereal! 

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Aretina Stefani

✍🏼 Project Development Manager

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Hey there I'm Aretina, an energy and climate law master's student with a passion for storytelling and sustainable practices. I believe that climate change impacts us all, but it's the young people who hold the key to the future. My blog posts aim to provide reliable information in a way that everyone can understand, promoting a people-centered approach to climate action which leaves noone behind. So join me on this journey of discovery and exploration, as we seek to understand the interconnections between the sustainability, energy, law and conflict, and work towards building a more just and sustainable future-always with a side of coconut milk of course.

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Marianna Sampson

✍🏼Head of Social Media Strategy

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Hi everyone, I'm Marianna and I am a MSc student studying China & Globalization! Having studied law, as well as Chinese studies, I have been exposed to many environmental discourses which I find fascinating. I am also passionate about content creation and blogging. So, I work on the social media strategy while writing a few articles as well. My favorite alternative milk is hazelnut milk, it goes perfect with coffee with hazelnut tones!

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Claris Parenti

✍🏼Writer

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Hi! I’m Claris, and I hold an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College and an MSc in Global Business & Sustainability from Rotterdam School of Management. Currently working in the field of environmental conservation finance in London, my interest lies in the interaction between environmental science and technology to inform regulatory policy and finance. Franco-Dutch, I speak 5 languages through my education in 7 countries throughout Latin America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. You can expect many articles on anything related to Latin America (especially Brazil), conservation finance, space sustainability, corruption, and opinion pieces on environmental justice.  My favourite alternative milk is coconut, if you try hot chocolate with coconut milk there is no way back!

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Stephanie Ritzema

✍🏼Writer

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Stephanie is a writer and poet studying on the Creative Writing Masters at Cambridge University. She is a freelance writer in her spare time, and loves to live a zero waste, sustainable lifestyle. 

My favourite alt milk is the alpro coconut milk (especially when it’s in a chai latte!) 

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Lenka Kovácsová

✍🏼Writer

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A recent biological sciences graduate who gave up on her ecology PhD to escape academia and try to make the world a better place through informing people about the current issues in climate change, sustainability and conservation! I am very passionate about communicating complex scientific concepts to a diverse audiences, making science accessible for anyone. Outside of the lab and my notepad, I love to spend my time reading, watching or doing various sports and hanging out with animals.

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Torrin Viergever

✍🏼Writer

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Born in Brasília, Brazil to a Dutch father and a Japanese-Brazilian mother, Torrin was deeply influenced by his father's work in the conservation of Brazil's native woodland. Committed to his aspirations of promoting harmonious co-existence between people and Nature, Torrin went on to study Political Science, and International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam. Having specialized in Political Ecology he is particularly interested in how the distribution of natural resources has led to conflicts over how they are used. Torrin's master's thesis on the social and environmental risks of large hydropower facilities in the Brazilian Amazon seeks to analyze how the implementation of the Belo Monte Hydropower Complex has affected the ecosystems, and livelihoods around its area of implementation.

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Mia Tillyard

✍🏼Writer

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Hello! Great to see you checking out the blog! I am an undergraduate of English Literature at Durham University in the UK, but currently spending a year studying French at the Sorbonne in Paris - a dream. I am an experienced freelance writer in my spare time, and also teach English as a foreign language. A few favourites of mine: I love cooking (and eating); I adore reading books under the sun; catching up with friends across a coffee is the best. Contributing to a space dedicated to sustainability and climate change is such a wonderful thing  and I hope you find the platform to be a useful resource. Together, we can make a difference and change the course of our planet! 

 

My favourite alternative milk is Oat (particularly when its in a dirty chai)! 

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Anya Treat

✍🏼Writer

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Hey! I'm Anya and I'm a BA Politics and International Relations student at Swansea University. In my blog I am particularly interested in creating youth engagement in Climate change and exploring the impact of it on vulnerable populations. My favourite alternative milk would absolutely have to be almond milk as it's perfect for a latte.

Megha Mahendra

✍🏼Writer

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Hi folks! I'm Megha and I'm from India but I'm currently based in London, pursuing a bachelors degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London. My passion for environmental issues and sustainability comes from my deep love for social justice and humanitarian work. I believe in asking a lot of questions and not conforming for the sake of conforming. Although I have genuine hope for the future, I am deeply dissatisfied with a lot of things and in a way, my dissatisfaction drives my writing and photographic practice. My favourite alternative milk would have to be oat milk!

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Luke Glasspool

✍🏼Writer

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Hello! My name is Luke and I am currently based in Cambridge. I hold a BA in History, Politics and International Relations in addition to an MA in Legal and Political Theory. I am also going to start a Master’s in Development Studies this September. My passion for sustainability stems from my obsession with the world of fashion. I used to be team almond milk, but my allegiances have been swayed towards Oat milk recently!

Holly Smith

✍🏼Writer

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Hi I'm Holly and I'm an activist from the UK. My academic background is in psychology but my passion lies in sustainable development. I have worked in a variety of settings from social care, to youth advocacy, to sustainable investing - I'm here for all things sust dev! My drive in all of this is increasing accessibility and empowering others to make an impact themselves, which is why I've joined Sustainability For Students. I hope to share the knowledge, break down confusing concepts, and help people across the globe to help fight for a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. We can't be an expert in everything, but we all have something to share!

 

And of course my favourite alternative milk has to be oat milk mmm so creamy and delicious and versatile :) I also love the mind-boggle of using oat milk to make porridge - it's just oats and more oats??!

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Giasemina Chatzopoulou

✍🏼Translator & Writer

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My name is Giasemina Marina Chatzopoulou. I am 24 years old and I come from Alexandroupolis, which is a small town in the North-East of Greece. During my Bachelor's at Democritus University of Thrace (DUTh), I studied extensively Greek Law, and to a significant extent European and International Law. After completing my Bachelor's in 2021, I did a traineeship at an esteemed law firm in my hometown. My traineeship lasted 7 months as I wanted to start my Master's as soon as I could. My Master's was in European Law, specifically in Law and Sustainability in Europe at Utrecht University. I chose to study in the Netherlands because that is where I also did my Erasmus in 2019 during my Bachelor's, and I fell in love with the country. I chose the topic of Law and Sustainability because I wanted to learn what is being done on a legal level within the EU to fight climate change and make our lives more sustainable. After finishing my Master's this summer, I moved to Nijmegen in the Netherlands, where I am
currently staying.
 

In my free time, I enjoy cooking, reading and, when possible, doing sports.

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Maria Kasapova

✍🏼Translator

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Hey there! I’m Maria -a very original name I know- and I have a BA in Political Science and History with a Minor in Human Resources. I come from a family that is spread all around Europe so I’ve always been fascinated by languages and how they can alter one’s perspective on life, which is why I’m thrilled to be dipping my toes in the translation realm. My passion for sustainability stems from the belief that we can always do better and the acceptance that “doing better” looks different for everyone and is not a one-size fits all. 

 

Speaking of everyone is different, I’ll have to go against the majority of the team and reveal that oat milk isn’t for me but I love a good coconut yogurt ;)

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Muhan Zhu

✍🏼Translator

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Hello! I'm Muhan, and I hold a Bachelor's degree in Environment and Planning. I recently graduated with a Master's in Environmental Technology. My primary passion revolves around advocating for urban sustainable development, with a particular focus on creating sustainable cities for children. I firmly believe that by placing greater emphasis on the environmental needs of children in current urban planning strategies, we can make cities more environmentally friendly and sustainable for everyone. My favorite alternative milk is oat milk. I find its smooth and fresh taste to be superior to others, and it pairs perfectly with a variety of coffee beans!

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Iro Koutoumanou

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Hi dear humans! I’m Iro, and the sea has my heart - whether sailing, snorkeling or just soaking in its beauty. Ensuring the longevity of this natural wonder for a lifetime (and beyond) calls for us to embrace a compassionate, sustainable way of living. Green activism became present in my life a couple of years ago, in a small coffee store in Budapest (feel free to ask me, I love sharing that story!). This magazine is like my cozy hideaway for knowledge and creativity, where conscious people can share both ideas, but also the burden of a generation in crisis. As for my ideal day? Swimming of course with looong breaks to enjoy my iced, oat milk coffee.

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Fangjun Peng

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Hello! I'm Fangjun Peng from Sichuan, China, the hometown of the giant panda. Currently, I am pursuing a PhD at Imperial College London, focusing on water resource modelling of urban wetlands. I have had a passion for nature since childhood, engaging in activities related to environmental protection. In 2022, I participated in a one-month volunteer sea turtle protection activity in Greece. I proudly served as one of the 2022 global youth ambassadors for the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC). My preferred alternative milk is soya milk, which brings back fond memories of my dad often buying soybean milk for breakfast when I was a child.

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