I came to the organization in 2015 as a volunteer. I had another job; my background is completely non-ecological; I worked in communications, PR rather, and worked in non-governmental organizations. In 2011, an ecologist named Catherine Hall came to Kyrgyzstan; I met her on a trip to Issyk-Kul. I did not really understand what she was doing, what environmental problems there could be. Catherine inspired and motivated me so much that I, not even fully understanding what all these environmental initiatives were, decided to volunteer. It all started with a strong impression: Cate and I went to the Osh bazaar, and she would politely tell everyone there, "I don't need a plastic bag, I don't need it," and it seemed to me that it was absurd, because so what that they give you plastic bags? Then we talked a lot, she said, "You have such a beautiful nature, but there's trash everywhere, because all this is free, so you don't appreciate it." It was a kind of revelation for me. A little later, Catie, again, showed me some photographs by her foreign friend who had taken pictures of Bishkek in September 2014. Bishkek was not visible in those pictures. And it amazed me so much. I asked, "What is it?" Back then, no-one was talking about smog, no-one understood what it was over the city and how dangerous it was for one's health. And when I would talk to some colleagues from other organizations, it was surprising that many of them, who are now my friends and promote environmental legislative initiatives together with me, told me back then, "No, don't even think about using the word 'smog,' because we do not have smog, it's simply impossible in Bishkek." I guess it was a challenge, a desire to understand, and interest. Then we wrote our first project and got a grant. Now, our activities have become very focused on air quality.