Meet Dasom Shi From the Climate and Society Class of 2024

Meet Dasom Shi From the Local weather and Society Class of 2024

Kayley Beard
|August 25, 2023

The Columbia Local weather Faculty is happy to welcome 100 new college students to the MA in Local weather and Society program this fall. This 12-month, interdisciplinary program trains college students to grasp and deal with the impacts of climate change and local weather variability on society and the surroundings. The brand new cohort brings a various group of scholars from 24 international locations with numerous skilled and tutorial backgrounds.

State of the Planet is that includes interviews with a number of of those new college students. Beneath, we converse with Dasom Shi, knowledgeable in company sustainability with a deep ardour for company influence and local weather motion.

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Dasom Shi will be part of the MA in Local weather and Society program on the Local weather Faculty this fall.

Inform us about your background and the way you discovered your method into the local weather area.

Once I was a child, I had a dream to contribute to a greater world. It was a bit wild, however I used to be fairly honest about it. I even drafted a letter to the President about environmental points—though I’m not positive if I really despatched it. I’m hoping to maintain translating that dream to actuality by my work and by persevering with my training journey. I joined Samsung Electronics to contribute to society by company influence, and have been working right here for nearly 12 years. My company profession started within the cell enterprise unit and I ultimately transitioned to the Sustainability Middle, the place I might make a higher influence on the world. Working immediately on sustainability has opened my eyes to the urgency and seriousness of local weather points. I need to achieve a deeper understanding of local weather points and assist firms make an influence on climate change.

What drew you to the Local weather and Society program, and what do you hope to achieve from this system?

I needed to review in america, the place there’s a heavy emphasis on technological innovation and international enterprise. This program stood out to me as a result of it was run by the primary local weather college within the nation. My aim is to focus particularly on local weather challenges and improvements in sustainability and I assumed it will be a very good match. I additionally appreciated that it’s an interdisciplinary program. I believe the multidisciplinary set of information will probably be an awesome assist in making use of what I’ve already realized within the area. What I hope to achieve most from this program is local weather literacy. I need to have the ability to interpret local weather points, analyze dangers, and perceive societal impacts by myself, and I need to have the ability to deliver a brand new perspective to assist resolve local weather issues.

Which courses are you most wanting ahead to?

I’m wanting ahead to “Dynamics of Local weather Variability and Local weather Change,” and “Quantitative Strategies for Local weather Functions.” These programs concentrate on understanding and deciphering local weather techniques, which is an important talent to me and a key element of local weather literacy that I can deliver again with me to the sphere.

What do you envision as your future function in fixing the local weather disaster?

I believe we are able to’t really deal with the challenges introduced by climate change in a capitalist society if companies don’t actively take part. My aim is to proceed to bridge this hole in organizations to proactively transfer ahead on local weather motion. My expertise whereas working for 10 years within the enterprise area and as a company sustainability supervisor, together with the information I’ll be taught within the Local weather and Society program, will create a synergy and put together me as I proceed my work within the local weather and sustainability sector.

What are you engaged on this summer time?

To begin with, I’m wrapping up my present tasks. I’ve been main Samsung’s collaboration with Patagonia to launch merchandise that cut back microplastics within the ocean. One of many initiatives lately launched was the Much less Microfiber Filter. It filters out as much as 98% of the microfibers launched through the washing course of. Launching this product to market has been extraordinarily rewarding. As well as, I will probably be transitioning with my household to New York Metropolis, which may be very thrilling. It’s my first expertise residing within the US. I look ahead to the modifications forward and starting my tutorial journey at Columbia Local weather Faculty.

Something you’d like so as to add?

I’m wanting ahead to assembly a wide range of colleagues who’re severe about local weather, each by this system and the Local weather Faculty and in New York Metropolis (which can also be internet hosting NYC Local weather Week!). There’s a Korean proverb that claims “two heads are higher than one.” Local weather change is a large downside, however I imagine that if all of us put our heads collectively and actually give it some thought, we are able to take a step ahead.