Shannon – NSW
What does a sustainable future look like to you?
A sustainable future to me would be one where the biodiversity of plants and animals is no longer diminished. There is no possible way to bring back animals and plants from extinction but there is a way to stop the current biodiversity from losing their battle. A sustainable future would be making enough of the produce that is needed not more enough, reusing the land that is already being farmed and not cutting down more for greed. The fish in the sea, the birds, bees, mammals and others of the savannah, rainforests and arctic environments are all at risk because the human population is too greedy, a sustainable future would be having enough resources for everyone, so no one has too much and no one has not enough.
What role do young people play in inspiring actions that connect people to animals and our shared environment?
Young people are the future, whether that is kids in primary or secondary school, university or tafe the youth are the future of tomorrow. Kids are inexperienced they are not afraid of following a dream, the young people of today have so many forms in which they can absorb information. From television, to social media and of course the school systems there are so many areas in which they can find passion. Kids are fearless the older you get the more reserved you get, the youth by challenging themselves now make for a future with successes tomorrow. The youth of today will see something that needs changing and know that they are going to have to live through the outcome of this issue, they have no barriers to say that they can’t do anything if they put their mind to it. The youth don’t have the kinds of worries that adults of today do, they don’t have the failures or stresses to deal with in the consumer’s world of today. Why couldn’t kids make a difference? It is their world… after all if they don’t who will?
Where did you first hear about Dr Jane Goodall, and what does she mean to you now as part of the NYLC?
Since the age of 10 I have wanted to work with animals. I can’t remember a time where animals have never been a big aspect in my life. I remember one of the first times that I learnt specifically about Dr Jane Goodall was when I was 13. In Science class in year 7 we had to do a report on a specific person important in the scientific community. We then had a tea party where we dressed up like them and spoke like the scientist to others to spread the word or their work with the class. Ever since then I have had a keen interest in just how valuable Dr Jane Goodall’s work has been. The great apes are so human like that they really made an impact on me. I have been inspired by Jane’s story to work in the wild with animals too and help make a difference in their life. Now as part of the National Youth Leadership council, I can continue to spread the work that Jane Goodall has started. Now more than ever before Jane Goodall is an inspiration. As a leader for the youth I look back to the wisdom of Jane Goodall to make the difference that I need to make in the lives of others to spread the word and make the difference spread.
Do you have any advice on how approach becoming an active part of Roots & Shoots Australia?
Check out the Roots & Shoots Australia page, have a look at the campaigns that are already running, perhaps build off one of them or adapt it in your own way. How to choose the right people, get a group of friends together and start something, it could be something as simple as a beach clean-up or starting a petition in your area for the labeling of palm oil, it could be as small or as large as you want it to be. Take your ride to your school, tafe or university, share your passion with others talk to people tell them about what you want to do and they may be interested too, raise your voice others way have a passion and drive to make a change but don’t have the confidence. Be positive. It only takes one person to make a difference so why not make a difference together. Email people if you need help or support search the roots and shoots website and email people about what they do or how you could adapt something to make it more universal. The main point is believing in yourself to be the change.