Anja Robel

Interview with Anja Robel Bloomtrigger Ambassador

Anja Robel bloomtrigger ambassador

Anja is one of the first people to become an ambassador of the bloomtrigger project. A young German architect who is currently working on ideas to support a community in Ecuador and to raise awareness about the issues in the rainforest as well as developing projects with bamboo as a building material. See more about Anja on her personal site www.anjarobel.com

* Where do you live?
At the moment I am living in Cali, Colombia. Originally I am from Germany but since 2005 I have lived in Australia, Norwary, Switzerland and Ecuador.

* Occupation?
I am an architect.

* Favourite rainforest animal?
Uhh, this is hard. I like so many. I do love the Morpho helenor butterfly.

Anja Robel drawing Ambassadors* Click here to visit Anja’s bloomtrigger profile!

* What inspires you?
People who follow their passion. Observing the beauty of nature.

* What makes you angry?
If  people act without caring about the influence on others.

* What is your personal mission?
Support local communities so they can keep protecting their rainforest for them and for us. Education is a vital part of that. Also I have recently been getting involved with bamboo which has a lot of potential in many ways which I am exploring.

* If you were Prime Minister, what would be the first thing you’d change?
Mhh…no idea. Not sure how much politics can actually change these days. I prefer action than talking.

* Why did you agree to become a bloomtrigger Ambassador?
Because I love the concept of combining protecting the rainforest and education. Kids are our future.

* Can you describe a typical workday?  
I get up at 6:30 have porridge for breakfast and make my way to the school in a public jeep taxi. There I spend the mornings learning about building with bamboo alongside the apprentices, who are young boys from Colombian refugee families.  I learn from them, they learn from me and we have lots of fun together. After we have lunch I make my way back to the house where is also the office of the organisation. There I work the afternoon, designing, drawing and doing other  things that are required. After a cooked dinner I work on my own ideas in the evenings and watch documentaries or talks online. Bedtime between ten and twelve if possible.

* How do you define success?
If you find your passion and make it your job.

* What’s the best advice anyone’s ever given you?
Value small things.

* What’s your favourite book or film of late?
Avatar (its pretty Hollywood but I still love it)

* What would you most like to happen to protect the planet?
Change of our economy based on constant growth.

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