My name is Catherine Castro, I am 23 years old and I am from the city of Toluca, Mexico. I studied environmental biology and I have been dedicated to environmental education for some years. I started giving talks to different groups, from children to adults; I have also organized some sustainability fairs, forums on environmental legislation in Mexico and some other activities such as plays.
Currently, I am part of an organization called Sustentared (you can search it on Facebook), which is responsible for supporting environmental education and sustainability projects. Without a doubt, it is an organization that has allowed me to grow both professionally and personally.
I am also doing my social service in the Department of Education and Dissemination of Environmental Culture in my state. This department is part of the governmental structure in charge of the environmental part. It has been a great experience to be there, and in summary, I can say that environmental education is very deficient from the governmental sector in my country, I have seen how corruption and apathy permeate. Of course, at the beginning I felt helpless and disillusioned, however, now I look for and work so that the same department recognizes the importance that it has, I try to motivate the department to make new projects and look for training in more topics.
I have little time in the field of environmental education, but I have learned a lot from all my experiences. I will continue preparing to fulfill a new dream, which is also the goal of my life and is to open a school for environmental educators in Mexico.