Famous Dutch model, Sarah Warnaar, shares her fish story with us

Here is the fish story of Sarah Warnaar and how she is contributing to a more sustainable world:

My name is Sarah Warnaar. I’m a 28 year old young lady living in Amsterdam, but call the world my home. How come? I’ve been working full time as a model and have been traveling the world for about ten years now. Besides this, I studied nutrition, practice photography and painting and love surfing and sailing. OK, so I have a love for the ocean. But in what other ways does this connect to WFMD? Isn’t modeling a little superficial and not necessarily great for the planet’s eco system?

Traveling allows you to develop and explore in ways you never before could’ve imagined. It makes you see people in all its diversity, and nature too. It got me to develop a more conscious mind, which, in my opinion, is life’s greatest pursuit and something I wish to keep evolving as long as I live.

Traveling got me to question the very field of work I was active in. We all need clothes to wear and it’s a wonderful thing to express yourself - weather through art or clothing or a camera - but does this really have to go hand in hand with polluting our planet?

This question lead me to research the possibilities of more sustainable brands, like Patagonia. These brands show financial success and a healthy environment can very well go hand in hand.

When WFMD asked me to become an ambassador and help with their photo-shoots  I recognized it as a logical step in contributing my little share to a more sustainable world.

I am able to travel by plane, bike, boat, car, air balloon, foot, you name it. And so are you. But fish can not. Fish can’t travel like we do. And we need them badly.

Fish are not only incredibly yummy and provide food and a livelihood for millions of the world’s poorest people, it is one of the healthiest types of animal protein and is packed with omega 3 (that’s the nutritionist in me talking there. Please choose your fish wisely by avoiding overfished species.) They are a vital part of the aquatic ecosystem, transferring energy up and down the food chain and fulfill many important roles.

I could go on and on and my aim is not to lecture you, simply to motivate, but let’s say this: clean waters and flowing rivers, unblocked by dams, are a vital part of everyone’s survival and wellbeing.

So let’s keep our waters streaming to where they’re naturally supposed to be flowing and keep our Earth, our fish and its people, happy.