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I’m stoked to be interviewed by Jo of Occupational Hazards! Thank you for having me!


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Catherine Sarah Young is an award-winning artist, designer, and writer. She uses her background in molecular biology, fine art, and interaction design to create interdisciplinary, experimental artworks on the environment.

We discuss her unique approach to climate change awareness, including taking inspiration from the Egyptian Book of the Dead to produce art on the Australian bushfire crisis, as well as creating perfume and sewer soap to make the effects of climate change more tangible (because, as she points out, we all have “dying polar bear fatigue”).

Cat has collaborated with researchers, industry, and non-profit organizations all over the world. She is currently a Scientia scholar at UNSW Sydney working on climate change and sustainability, an Obama Leader for Asia-Pacific, and part of Team HB6 of @homewardboundprojects for Antarctica (100 women with a background in STEMM – science, tech, engineering, math, and medicine).

Despite the international acclaim she has received, she places more value on “milestones of resilience” and incremental improvement, drawing from her taekwondo training (she’s a second-degree black belt) to impart life lessons.

This episode is dedicated to all the interdisciplinary thinkers, martial artists, anyone trying to approach a problem from a creative new angle, as well as everyone going through the process of “unlearning.”


OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS is a series of candid conversations with inspiring people as they share their path to finding their calling and all the gritty realities of their jobs. Whether you want to demystify your dream job or get a peek into other people’s work lives, then this is the podcast for you.

Available via the link in bio, Apple, Spotify, and wherever you listen to podcasts.