I am Zornitza, the founder of Our Breathing Planet, a non-profit organisation registered in Bulgaria. Let me tell you a little more about the idea behind our NGO.
My parents raised me to be a person with an environmental conscience. When I was little, we spent every vacation out in the mountains and I got to experience the beauty of nature first hand. Also, we always recyled, repurposed, and reused whatever we had. Maybe that’s just how life was for the ordinary person in communist and early post-communist Eastern Europe.
My desire for protecting nature really shifted gears in 2006 when, thanks to a friend, I went undercover to a fur farm in Asia. I saw animals skinned alive. The sight was so graphic, it shook me to the core. In fact, I had never cried with pain that was almost literally ripping my heart in a million pieces.
This is when I realized that it takes only one thing for us humans to move forward: Inspiration.
And this is how Our Breathing Planet started. First as a blog, then as a team, then as a real foundation.
Our aim is to get people inspired by unique places and species of this beautiful world. Only through inspiration can we have the drive to protect what surrounds us.
Get Inspired: The Expedition
One of the most inspirational moments in my life was going on an international expedition to Antarctica with Sir Robert Swan, OBE. In fact, he is the first person in history to walk to both poles, and has dedicated his life to the preservation of the last great wilderness on Earth.
Read more about My Antarctic Expedition, March 2016
We borrow the world from our children, as an old native Indian adage goes.
This planet is gorgeous. It is our only one and is ours to get inspired by.
Thank you for caring.