At work, I am an economist, looking for equilibrium in the market. In my personal life, I am looking for equilibrium with nature. I love animals and wildlife, and am interested and involved in preserving the environment.
One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Spira, a Belgian-American animal rights advocate: “If you see something that's wrong, you've got to do something about it.” In my mind, his quote is an excellent starting point for contributing to the causes that I am passionate about.
While in college, I was the member of Animal Life Guardian Club. We went to animal shelters to bathe and groom dogs and clean their kennels. I was heavily involved in fundraising activities for a number of animal shelters. In 2011, I joined the transpacific adoption program, Animal Rescue Team Taiwan, allowing me to save a stray, handicapped dog and bring her to her foreign adoptee family in Los Angeles.
I also take action to do what I am able for the Earth. In my daily life, I try to save energy by carpooling, by reducing air conditioner and heater usage, and by avoiding disposable materials. I would take my own bottle and utensils for dining out and reuse shopping bags at grocery stores. These are simple things, but I think they do make a difference. During my leisure time, I go to the beach and mountains to breathe fresh air and embrace nature. While there, I voluntarily clean up the mountains by picking up trash along the way. Recently, I became a regular donor to Green Peace and joined the Adopt-A-Beach Program, where volunteers do beach cleanup.
I love doing these activities and try to make a small difference where and when I can. Many people worry about the environment but may not know how to making things better. The changes we make might be minimal, but we have to believe that "when you really want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it" (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist). For people who are interested in joining me in my efforts here, I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite talks by the acclaimed Braizilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who, quite coincidentally, also holds a doctorate in economics: http://www.ted.com/talks/sebastiao_salgado_the_silent_drama_of_photography.html