Today, we have the pleasure of speaking with Ramadan, a Video Creator at Kuality AI with an intriguing and diverse background in marine engineering, video editing, and climate change advocacy.
In this interview, we delve into the intersection of AI and visual content, exploring how these tools can be harnessed to drive positive change for our planet.
Marine Engineering and Visual Content Creation: An Unusual Intersection
Ramadan’s academic journey in marine engineering, which began at Tishreen University, formed the foundation of his understanding of environmental issues. “In-depth studies of the marine sector gave me a comprehensive understanding of its environmental implications,” he explains, “This knowledge has been instrumental in shaping my career direction towards environmental consciousness.”
This environmental focus is further complemented by Ramadan’s impressive proficiency in video editing using tools like Adobe Premiere and After Effects. “I was drawn to visual content creation as it serves all fields of work and study. The ability to convey an idea or concept through engaging visual content was appealing,” he shares. Ramadan sees his video editing skills not just as a creative outlet, but as a tool for meaningful environmental advocacy.
From Marine Engineering to Social Media: A Seamless Transition
The shift from marine engineering to video editing and visual content creation may seem unusual, but it was a natural progression for Ramadan. “Visual content is everywhere and has a profound influence on both commercial and cultural aspects of life. It offers a clear and engaging way to convey messages,” he says. Ramadan’s work in visual content creation not only complements his studies but has become a fundamental part of his daily life, especially considering the pervasive influence of social media.
Climate Change Advocacy: A Maritime Engineer’s Commitment
Ramadan plays a pivotal role as a Board Member of the Syrian Climate Pioneers, an organization dedicated to combating climate change. “Climate change is a universal concern, and informed action is necessary for addressing this crisis,” he explains. “My marine studies have given me a unique insight into the environmental issues caused by the maritime transport sector, such as air and water pollution and harm to marine life.”
With his expertise in social media and visual content, Ramadan uses these platforms to raise climate change awareness. He firmly believes that collective action is key to tackling climate change and that his work can contribute to this fight.
Combating Climate Change: Changing Consumption Patterns
As a founding member of the Syrian Climate Pioneers, Ramadan is committed to raising awareness about the need to change consumption patterns. “Promoting awareness is fundamental for instilling the idea of responsible consumption and fostering a positive change in society,” he says. He is dedicated to highlighting the negative impact of human consumption on Earth’s resources and climate change.
Currently, the SCP team is diligently preparing to host the Local Conference of Youth (LCOY), a significant initiative aimed at catalyzing local youth engagement in climate action. This event serves as a national counterpart to the International Conference of Youth (COY), which precedes the annual UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP). This year, the COP is scheduled to take place in the United Arab Emirates, and SCP will actively participate in this global event as well.
Blending Video Editing Skills with AI-Based Solutions
As a Video Maker at Kuality AI, Ramadan integrates his video editing skills with AI-based solutions. “AI should not be feared or seen as a threat to our jobs. Instead, it’s a tool that facilitates and expedites work, and even opens up new work horizons,” he says. Ramadan sees the integration of AI in his work as a necessity, not a choice.
Continuous Learning: A Key to Multifaceted Success
Ramadan’s commitment to continuous learning has enhanced his capabilities in his various roles. He has taken courses in sustainable development and professional photography, which he sees as crucial to his work in climate change advocacy and video production. “Learning is an enriching process, and we should never stop,” he advises.
Balancing Dual Roles: Climate Advocacy and AI Development
Juggling his time and responsibilities between the Syrian Climate Pioneers and Kuality AI is a challenge that Ramadan meets with effective time management. “No matter what you do in life, it’s essential to manage time well for optimal productivity,” he says. He sees no contradiction in his dual roles, as both organizations align with sustainable development principles. Ramadan is particularly interested in employing AI in the field of sustainable development, especially climate change.
Aspirations for a Lasting Impact
Looking ahead, Ramadan is passionate about integrating his marine engineering background, video editing skills, and climate advocacy efforts. He aims to use his knowledge and skills to fight climate change and deliver the right message through visual content. “The maritime transport sector, which constitutes 90 per cent of global trade, can’t be replaced overnight. It continues to increase carbon emissions until clean fuel replaces the current fuel. I’ve presented academic research on the use of liquefied natural gas as an alternative to heavy, sulfur-rich fuels. Based on this knowledge, I work to combat climate change,” he shares.
Cultivating Meaningful Impact
When asked about a rewarding moment from his journey, Ramadan reflects on the challenges and successes of the Syrian Climate Pioneers. Ramadan recounts a significant campaign organised by the Syrian Climate Pioneers to plant trees in the war-torn regions of Syria. “We faced numerous challenges, from securing the necessary resources to finding safe and suitable locations,” he recounts. “However, seeing the impact on the ground and the hope it brought to the local communities was incredibly rewarding. It reinforced my belief in the power of collective action.”
Harnessing Technology and AI for Climate Action
In the face of the climate crisis, Ramadan emphasizes the transformative potential of technology and AI in driving climate action. “AI and technology are not just tools, they are game-changers in the fight against climate change,” he asserts. Advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms can help us understand and predict climate patterns, develop effective mitigation strategies, and monitor the implementation of these strategies in real time. Moreover, AI can help in creating compelling visual content that raises awareness and motivates action against climate change. At Syrian Climate Pioneers Ramadan is at the forefront of these innovations, integrating AI into his video content to create meaningful and impactful narratives around climate change. He underscores the synergy between technology and environmental advocacy, stating, “The union of AI, technology, and environmental advocacy is not just beneficial, it’s essential in our pursuit of a sustainable future.”
Advice to Aspiring Climate Advocates
For those aspiring to be climate advocates, Ramadan offers some words of encouragement: “Climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time, and we need as many people as possible to join the fight. Equip yourself with knowledge, be open-minded, remain committed, and don’t be afraid of stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s a challenging journey, but the impact you can make is immense.”
In a world grappling with the effects of climate change, Ramadan’s efforts show that every skill, every field of study, and every individual can contribute meaningfully to the fight against this global crisis. His work is a prime example of how the integration of technology, creativity, and a deep commitment to the environment can lead to impactful solutions