Melanie Aldrian often gets involved with international projects at Greenpeace. It’s very exciting for her to work with international media, such as the BBC, Guardian or Reuters. Her most formative experience so far was spending time on Greenpeace ships in international waters, reporting on European fishing fleets emptying West African waters of fish, destroying the ecosystem and the livelihoods of African fishermen. It is at such moments, when the newly elected president of Senegal cancelled 29 international fishing licences as a result of the Greenpeace campaigns and actions, for example, that Melanie Aldrian can see and feel the difference she is making through her work.
When asked what skills are particularly important for her job, she answers: flexibility, mobility, improvisation and idealism. But for Aldrian, the most vital thing is the belief in the messages being communicated, and correspondingly the passion for the job.
When Melanie Aldrian isn’t out and about working on behalf of Greenpeace, she loves to go and visit the places she is fighting for – the many unique places in the world. More information about Melanie Aldrian’s adventures on the high seas can be found on Greenpeace Austria’s website.