"A key motivational force in my work is disseminating a sense of not being alone on the planet and the fact that there are billions consuming the same resources."
The Visionary expresses some of the sentiments that many activists encounter as they begin to get involved in their cause. This interest to act upon a problem is a very powerful description of each of their personalities, as well as the feeling of wanting more people to see the power of their individual actions and notice how much everyone can do for the better of society, the environment and many other causes.
Amira Odeh has had an interest in the environment since childhood. She has worked as a volunteer in several community efforts in Puerto Rico, helping and also leading events such as coastal cleanups and activities to protect the natural resources of her country. At the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, she was president of the Eco-Environmental Society, an organization dedicated to environmental education, research and promoting recreation in natural spaces. She spearheaded large educational events, research projects, and outreach activities, designed workshops and conferences, and conducted various initiatives in environmental education and the development of sustainable activities on the campus.
Her biggest project has been a campaign titled No Más Botellas (No More Bottles), which promotes sustainable water consumption and the reduction of plastic use and waste at the University. The first of its kind in Puerto Rico, No Más Botellas has been honored with an award from the US Environmental Protection Agency. Amira has also been recognized for her leadership with a Brower Youth Award from the Earth Island Institute and attended the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Warsaw, Poland.
Learn more about Amira and her work at www.seaupr.org.