Raluca Bragarea

Raluca Bragarea

Head of Communications, Bucharest

28th March 2011 Bucharest, Romania

Launch of Google Earth '4 degree map'

The British Government has just launched an interactive map that highlights some of the possible impacts of a global temperature rise of 4 degrees Celsius.

This is an interesting approach to flag up once again why the UK Government and other countries believe we must keep global warming to 2 degrees Celsius: because beyond that our livelihoods and safety will be at risk.

The Google Earth layer features videos of British climate scientists talking about latest research on impact of climate change. The map will be updated regularly with latest findings and work to address this global challenge. Romanian eco-friendly activits have adopted a similar approach and published an interactive map of solid waste across the country, an initiative of the "Let’s do it Romania" campaign.

I like both ideas because they are visual and have a high impact, fostering a response and taking me for instance out of my comfort zone. I am more aware about my own waste production and think of ways to "scrap it" off the map! Would be interested to get your views are on this one. Do you find such projects useful and fit to purpose?

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About Raluca Bragarea

I joined the British Embassy in 2004, and have ever since
enjoyed one of the most diverse and challenging jobs as a professional
communicator, from partnering up with MTV Romania to promote the UN
anti-poverty agenda to handling Prince Charles’ press conference on a
hill top in picturesque Transylvania. One of the highlights working for
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has been the introduction of an
internship scheme in the Embassy; we bring along students from various
backgrounds to help us deliver our objectives while they get a unique
opportunity to learn hands-on about diplomacy.
I am a former TV journalist, specialising in foreign affairs, and a
Fulbright scholar. I hold a Master of Arts in Information and
Communication Studies with California State University at Chico.
I am a major cafe latte fan and like to collect hand-painted icons.
My other hobbies include travelling and watching movies with friends,
particularly Quentin Tarantino’s. The latest memorable film I watched
was District 9, a superb science fiction with a social twist – anybody
seen it?

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