A plan for our planet
Her international experience has profoundly influenced her vision of sustainable development. Caroline has witnessed first-hand the impact development projects have on communities, especially on women, which has influenced her approach to engineering and development projects. Caroline confirmed this in Guinea, where she has been involved in several major development projects since 2001.
“I’ve had the great privilege of working on five continents and have learned that sustainable development is a universal theme that transcends issues of gender, territory and discipline. Concepts of progress and growth have long been considered in opposition to social and environmental concerns. Today, we can demonstrate the benefits: every project has economic spin-offs and opportunities. Sustainable development can be an economic driver, a measure of success in terms of social licensing and an opportunity to innovate and do things differently.”
A change in perceptions
While we may think that biologists or environmental experts are responsible for finding solutions to climate change challenges, there’s a growing desire to break down silos. “In my opinion, sustainable development is based on a multidisciplinary approach. You have to be able to see the project as a whole and be fully aware of the technical, socio-economic and environmental issues. You have to initiate an inclusive and collaborative dialogue will all project team members.”
On a more personal note, Caroline points out that sustainable development is a priority that affects all of us and can be achieved in our daily lives. “Sustainable development is a universal theme that transcends issues of gender, territory and discipline. Whether at home, work, school or in our municipality, we can all make a difference.”