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Introducing myself and my journal: New Lands

About Me:
I'm just one person, a tiny one in this large, yet small and vulnerable World.

I'm a professional, operating in the field of environmental protection. Something fine and very fortunate for me: I'm in deep love with Nature, it's encompassing of all of us, and all its mostly unexplored wonders.

My current location, Italy, is also a happy finding: a rich, developed country, yet facing many problems and contradictions common to other places in the World. Among these, balancing environment protection and development necessities, in a context of perceived decline.

And, women (and men) role and power. I see environmental and women development issues strongly related, both bringing back to old and false cultural stereotypes and premises, with a lot in common. We should solve them all, if we want our species to thrive with dignity, security, lack of unneeded sufferings, and the possibility for any one of us to imagine and explore new lands.

My Passions:
Environmental protection, women development, children and youth development and instruction

My Challenges:
Empowering all voices in the little realm I live and work in (I imagine you know how hard this might be)

My Vision for the Future:
A World without poverty, where all people can thrive, and time to develop themselves and their children

My Areas of Expertise:
Physics of the atmospheric boundary layer

Comments

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

Peace!
Fatima

Mauri's picture

Thank you!

Thank you, Fatima, of your kind and warm welcome.

I'll try my best.

(And, forgive me for my terrible "English"...)

How little the World is! You are the first person welcoming me to PulseWire and, incidentally, I understood from your wonderful biography you can maybe give me a bit of advice.

By chance, I have been involved in a cooperation project between Nigeria and Italy. The project is very large, and the tiny sub-subset I'm involved in is setting up a didactical meteorological station.

Tiny, isn't it?

As far as I understood, the larger initiative has spanned from a compensation request of Nigeria to a large Italian oil company. I made some investigation, discovering a world of environmental damages, immense economic interests, and more. So large, I can't imagine what to do about, would I have some power on.

Yet, there is the meteorological station. I don't know Africa, and its "real reality" first hand. But I'd like this little piece of cooperation might be an opportunity for some people. Or not at all, also, maybe depending on something I do.

I'd like to know something more. Specifically, on how/why students in Nigerian Universities decide to study, whether they can transfer back their knowledge at home, and whether there is some imbalance we may try acting on from here (namely, discrimination of women and minority students, and the like).

My objective is not, of course, "selling other stations". That's not something I'm interested it. The station has, I think, a sort of "indirect" didactical value: as it is entirely "manually operated", to use it you should learn to read instruments the right way, record results, criticize their validity, and so on... Something I "would have done" in my study time, and was "not entitled to" (I have a background in applied mathematics, at the time (1982-87) in fact very abstract). And, a kind of skill which is rapidly vanishing, at least in Italy, with dangerous effect. Then, after you master the art of making scientific sense of data, you can apply this knowledge to other fields than meteorology.

(Does my view make sense? I'd like to know what you think about. Maybe, this is just a projection of a desire of mine for myself on cub-scientists afar - if so, perhaps not so useful).

But, most important: do you know where may I find more information? (Possibly, independent. I'd like to understand as best I can, and I have already access to "governmental" (both countries) side; before deciding anything, I'm so ignorant, I'll like to gain a sort of "big picture").

Thanks again.
And, forgive me for my lengthy-wordy reply.

Mauri

Rebecca Snavely's picture

Nature

Welcome to PulseWire. One of my favorite parts of your profile is reading that you're deeply in love with nature. With your work focusing on the environment, the delicate balance of us living in harmony with the world, and living in Italy, I'd love to hear your perspective on the word land for My Story (information here: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/programs/mystory).

I'm excited for what this community can offer. Look forward to hearing more about you.

Best,

Rebecca

Mwierenga's picture

Hello! Welcome to this great

Hello!
Welcome to this great network of voices from around the world! I, too, have the same passions and challenges that you have. I'm an environmental professional and feel that women's issues and poverty are strongly tied into the problems we face. By focusing on all these inter-related problems, we could make greater progress!

I encourage you to explore other parts of this website. Specifically, as mentioned by Rebecca, there is an opportunity to have your story published in the next magazine. The theme for submissions is "land" which is so relevant to your work and your passions!

Nature is indeed a place of wonders. I look forward to reading more of your insights of your land and your passions!
Welcome!
Marlies

Mauri's picture

Thank you!

Thank you, for your warm welcome!

I'm beginning to explore the site, as you kindly advise. Wow, it's itself a world!

And thanks, too, to you and Rebecca of the opportunity to express thoughts on "land". A fascinating subject, no less... I'll try, I'm realizing it's also fascinating to express a *view* on it. Yeah, as you say, it's an opportunity! To let others know, and (also) realize how really do we ourselves feel.

I see from your biography you have a special inclination towards water resources, and big concerns about their misuse.
I'm more inclined towards atmosphere, yet see a very similar, if not identical, anxiety. In a sense, the atmosphere (and most of it its tiny sheet in direct contact with soil and water) is something so similar to blood, transporting and diluting seeds, spores, oxygen, carbon dioxide (not good for climate, yet a nutrient for plants). In all my travels (I visited Mexico some years ago, too - so a wonderful and so different place) I realized problems are very similar, from extensive pollution to (maybe more thrilling) lack of knowledge we are so badly misusing.

This, I mean "lack of respect" for something alive, in its own strange way, makes me quite sad. But, what to do?

Besides research (I do a little in academia, the way we do in Italy), I'm on the way of realizing there is a big problem of communication. There are so many processes involved, and very little answers as I understand.

I just list some aspect we "don't really know": How the atmosphere has been influenced by life history? (We know of Oxygen Crisis 2Ga ago; but, on a maybe less spectacular yet immediate and important scale: how does the immense mass of water vapor mobilized by evapotranspiration acts on the lower atmosphere is? Are there "preferential paths" for life (and, yes, pollutants) to diffuse? Why do trees have tall trunks? (Here a classical explain is: Oh, yes, because trees have to fight one another to get their part of light. That could be fine. Exhaustive? If you see a natural forest, tall trunks sustain a canopy separating the atmosphere in two parts, one above, and another below; these parts do exchange of course, but: what else might it happen in the lower "block", of some advantage/effects to plants? Does this part of "calm, warm, womb-like" atmospheric environment serve to exchange of pheromones? Alarm toxins? Seeds? Nutrients? ...?)

Oh, sorry, too much questions... This is my greatest limit. I never really know when to stop ;-)

There are analogies, at least I feel them. One of the reasons we "do not know" the atmosphere (not totally, at least), is we make systematically certain kinds of questions. If you want a paper to be published, you have to formulate ideas not too much heterodox. And so, many many important subjects are left unexplored. Or worse, are value-judged as "touchy-feely-unscientific" (and you know, there is little as likely to make a scientist upset as touching h* sense of objectivity). (Of course I place myself in the category (at a very low level), and cause myself a lot of troubles...).

Yet I feel they are just the kind of questions "all" people would immediately understand, at gut-feeling level even before than rationally. Maybe, then, more people might care. Communication, connection and value shift seems to me one large problem.

And what for water? Is it so unexplored? :-)

Thanks again, and hope meeting you again here.

Mauri

The greatest limit one can have is the day you stop asking to many questions. And, perhaps if we had a little more "touchy-feely-unscientific" in our scientific studies and analysis then we would advance a bit faster and more in the right direction.

I myself am ultimately a "scientist;" (albeit social science) I understand things better from a hypothesis-experiment/data collecting-conclusion stance. But, if cognitive logic, intuition, and experience is left out of the entire equation we can never arrive at truthful answers.

Good luck, in your endevours.
Quenby Wilcox

Quenby Wilcox
Founder - Global Expats
quenby@global-xpats.com
www.global-xpats.com

Mauri's picture

Tiny crazy questions, and big answers

Who of us is not a "scientist"? Whatever the discipline! And, we all do our best to survive, and in so doing all of us humans tries (desperately?) to find meanings... Things are very complicate. "Social" things are even more, and more "grand".

Your reply resounds in me. You're so right! The scientific method is a very efficient way to answer questions, but in the end, the questions themselves are all what matters.

Some of these questions may be more "humane", interesting, than so many others...

Thanks also to your reply, I'm wondering whether to post something more specific just on this. Maybe, on my own tiny questions, hoping in some useful answer.

Thank you, by the way, and let's stay in touch. Your quest is so, how to say, "grand", important. Suffering, and problems, are everywhere, none of them really necessary, nor inevitable.

Mauri

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