German materials manufacturer Covestro welcomed Miao Wang at its site and offices in Shanghai, China. Miao is the recently awarded United Nations Young Champion of the Earth for the APAC region. In the contest, seven young people from around the world had been recognized by the UN for their big ideas on environment protection.
Miao founded her charity organization “Better Blue” in 2018. The idea behind it is to bring divers together to enable ever more people to know how to better interact with the ocean on a scientific level, educate about the marine environment and bring partners together to protect marine life. By reaching out to the diver’s community, which is highly sensitive to ocean pollution, they shall become ambassadors for a more sensitive treatment of the ocean and the environment, and a generally more sustainable-savvy lifestyle in China.
“Marine littering is a huge problem. However, from 800,000 NGOs in China, just 400 are concerned about this topic. I wanted to change that with the help of the divers’ community that I’m fond of since I’m a diver myself,” Miao said during her visit. “To tackle this challenge, we need help and we need to collaborate across the whole value chain of plastics. I’m happy that Covestro reached out and I realized that the company already does a lot from its end. We are definitely the right partners and I hope we can leverage each other’s networks to reach the bigger goal.”