Intrigued by the ocean from a young age, Danni Washington is a woman we find deeply inspiring. Her commitment to science education and ocean conservation is unsurpassed, so we were excited to sit down with her and learn more about her story...
Tell us a little about yourself and your work...
We share a deep love of the ocean. What are your earliest memories of the water and why did you feel so inspired to build your career around its preservation?
We love that you’re so passionate about science! Our Founder and Formulator, Jenefer Palmer, studied chemistry and also loves encouraging people to pursue a career in the field. Tell us a little about how you mentor young people interested in science...
"My passion is being the bridge between the scientific community and the rest of the world by helping explain the science concepts in an engaging way..."
What do you think are the biggest challenges for women in science today?
Being kind to the planet is a huge priority for us here at OSEA. As someone involved in ocean conservation, what tips can you share to help care for waterways in our day to day lives?
Our addiction to fossil fuels has created the majority of the environmental challenges facing the sea especially pervasive plastic which is created from refined crude oil. Plastic pollution is a huge problem for the ocean and marine life, so cutting back on daily unnecessary single-use plastic is always a great idea. You can start simple when it comes to protecting our oceans. Try swapping out common single-use plastic items that you use on a daily basis (like plastic straws, plastic bags, plastic utensils) for a more sustainable option (like reusable straws, reusable tote bags, bamboo utensils). For those that love eating seafood, make sure that it’s ethically and sustainably caught. Industrialized overfishing is destroying the balance of critical ocean ecosystems, so buying consciously is a huge help. An even braver choice would be to choose a plant-based diet instead. This will drastically decrease the amount of greenhouse gases that you are personally responsible for emitting into the atmosphere. We can all be part of the wave of change that will protect our oceans. Every single person is an important part of the change that we urgently need.
Are there any other sustainability measures you take in the office and at home to minimize your impact upon the earth?
Do you have a mantra or quote that you connect with deeply?
“The sea, once it casts its spell, it holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques Yves Cousteau
I love both of these quotes and read them almost everyday. The first quote by Candace encourages me to continually seek the wildness in myself and reminds me to refuse conforming to the world’s standards. Also to keep my eyes open for those around me who share this mentality and remember to stay connected to nature no matter what. And the second quote by my hero Jacques, inspires me to maintain a curious mind at all times and allow the ocean to constantly reveal its wonders each time I step foot in the water.
What lies ahead for you?
Snorkeling - from Florida Springs, photographer: Jennifer Adler
Beach photos - A.R. Nellhaus
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