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Youth and the Environment [My Story]

by Elliot Connor | 16-09-2019 07:18 recommendations 1

“When I grow up, I want to be an Attenborough! No, not an astronaut- an Attenborough!”
Hi there! For this first article, I thought I’d introduce myself to you all and share my story. To start off, I’ll say that I am no average kid: I’ve got two pet stick insects, learn historical swordfighting (broadsword and longsword), recently folded 1200 origami fish for a fundraiser, have built a science lab in my basement, experiment with molecular gastronomy and am currently planning a charity event involving eating zoo animal rations for a week.
I guess my story begins two years ago now, when as an almost-15-year-old, I started volunteering at a discovery centre for Birdlife Australia an hour’s drive from my home. The thing about Birdlife Aus, though, is that the average age of their supporters is about 70, their “discovery centre” is several abandoned munitions rooms, and a busy day meant a dozen visitors. So all in all, I spent a lot of time drinking tea, talking with the other volunteers and browsing their library- I certainly wasn’t complaining!
Ironically, it was this rather monotonous placement that opened the doors of conservation to me- and it still bugs me to reflect on how difficult it can be for a young person such as myself to break through that wall of bureaucracy and unspoken elitism that surrounds it all. As the months passed, I soon found myself shovelling kangaroo poop at local zoos, feeding Weet-Bix to wombats, featuring photographs in field guides and goodness knows what else. It’s amazing how many opportunities there are for youth once you are in the networks, and yet also how impossibly difficult it is to make it there.
My most recent initiative has been founding and directing a new global wildlife conservation charity by the name of Human Nature Projects. Since its establishment in June of this year, the community has grown to include 1000 volunteers from 100 countries with dozens more joining by the day, and some 80% of them are youth. You see, with a few exceptions (Tunza among them), existing youth environmental networks fail to adequately engage their members. There is no opportunity for active participation in projects, no chance to share their voice and meet other like-minded individuals. HNP seeks to change this permanently, and it couldn’t have come sooner in my opinion.
So that’s enough about me. I’m a 16-year-old Sydneysider with a vision for a world in which people and animals can live in lasting harmony. Where, critically, youth are not sidelined but actively involved, and intergenerational learning is part and parcel of the whole. I hope soon that others will take on my mission as their own and join forces in creating a prosperous future for all.

Me and my pet stick insect Ochre

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Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Elliot

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about your inspiring story on Youth and the Environment

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 04-10-2019 21:44

  • Preeti Karki says :
    I am much inspired :)
    Posted 20-09-2019 20:38

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hi Elliot!
    What a spectacular story of a student in Australia!
    I believe there are tons of opportunities out there, it's just how determined you are that decides whether a youth meet any opportunity or not.
    As you mentioned, really thing is not the network itself, but how it's managed and the participation of the members.
    Reading your story, I'm sure HNP will flourish and make change to the society.
    Keep up with the great works!
    Posted 20-09-2019 00:28

Okoth Okoth

  • Okoth Okoth says :
    Thank you for your report. Keep volunteering on environment protection sectors. The world need people like you
    Posted 17-09-2019 00:18

Asmita Gaire

  • Asmita Gaire says :
    Hello elliot
    I hope you are fine!
    Welcome to Tunza from this report.
    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiring story.
    Keep up with great report, elliot!

    Green cheers!
    Asmita Gaire
    Posted 16-09-2019 20:37

Meena Pandey

  • Meena Pandey says :
    Hello Elloit,
    Very nice to hear such a inspiring story from you.Yours story is a wake up call for all the youths who are still in between 04 walls of the room and is tedious of being monotonous. The way you present the report is not only waking but also pushing to do something great.
    May you go on writing.
    Keep shining.
    With regards ,
    Meena Pandey
    Posted 16-09-2019 17:31


  • ALOK DHAKAL says :
    Hi Elliot,

    Very inspiring report from you. Wishing you rich greater height
    Alok Dhakal
    Posted 16-09-2019 12:31

Sandhya Adhikari

  • Sandhya Adhikari says :
    Hello Elliot,
    I do hope you are fine there and doing great with your works.
    You had presented so inspiring report. And so glad to know you are directing Human Nature Projects for creating safe space for human and nature. I expect to read much more from you.
    Best wishes for your coming endeavour.
    Green cheers from Nepal,
    Sandhya Adhikari
    Posted 16-09-2019 11:49

Israel Adeoye

  • Israel Adeoye says :
    Hi Elliot,

    Very inspiring report from you. Founding an association can be very tasking and I must commend your effort for the creating and directing the way Human Nature Projects.

    Wishing you greater heights.

    Thanks for the report.
    Posted 16-09-2019 08:22

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