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If the war on waste and pollution is a fight you’d like to join, read on to see how your talents and passions can help solve the world’s pollution problem.

Every year Australian landfills are dealing with 20 million tonnes of waste. Over 100,000 marine mammals and one million seabirds die from ingesting or getting entangled in plastic. More than 3,000 Australians die premature deaths from urban air pollution. Humans create a lot of waste and it’s slowly choking our planet.

Here are just some of the ways your natural talents can help. Scroll to the bottom to see how UOW students and grads are getting the job done.

Get creative

Waste is often out of sight, out of mind. The world needs creative people to spread the message about the effects of pollution. Photography can bring the problem of trash to people’s socials feeds, art can start conversations about waste, documentaries can shine a light on a world beyond our backyard. As a right-brain thinker you’re well-positioned to help solve the world’s pollution problem.

Engineer a pollution solution

Love maths, science and problem-solving? The world needs engineers. They don’t just build bridges and cars, they create solutions. Environmental engineers develop new ways to treat waste and rehabilitate mine sites. Materials engineers prevent waste through better product design. Civil engineers design water and sewerage systems. The opportunities in this field are endless.

Use your love of science

A career as a scientist will put you right in the thick of it. Environmental scientists look at the impact humans are having on the natural environment and create solutions to problems, including waste and pollution. Marine scientists study the ocean and investigate the impact pollution is having on our marine environments. Conservation biologists work to minimise the impact humans have on their environment. It’s your research that will influence policy and strategies. If science is in your blood you can have a real impact.

Harness your power of persuasion

The ability to influence others is a game-changer when it comes to curbing our pollution habits. As a lawyer you could be you reviewing and creating environmental legislation to reduce pollution. A communications career with a background in psychology will allow you to influence consumer behaviour through marketing campaigns. As a journalist you can digest complex issues and communicate them to a huge audience. Use your power for the good of the world

These examples are just the start. We’re sure you can find many more. If you want a make a difference in the fight against pollution, but feel your talents and skills lie elsewhere, look for ways to combine the two. It’s here where you’ll find a rewarding career. It’s here where you’ll find your purposeful.

This is the first installment of Solving the world’s problems with your passion. More to follow.

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