There was a time when kids were supposed to be ‘seen and not heard’. But no more, today kids make a difference. Isn’t it about time we listened?
There are dozens of them. Kids making a difference for the environment, nature, wildlife and saving the planet today.
My thoughts turned to this after finding my ten year old granddaughter writing an impassioned essay against shark finning. It reminded me of sixteen year old Greta Thunberg who we hear from quite a lot lately. A bit of additional research led me to others, in particular, the sisters Melati and Isabel Wijsen.
Isn’t it about time we paid more attention to what our young people are saying?
Why should they not know, care, or be invested in the future of the planet? The wildlife, nature and the environment as a whole?
How Kids Make a Difference for the Environment, Nature, Wildlife and Saving the Planet
By now we’ve all heard of Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old climate change activist. Supposedly as early as age eight Greta was nagging her parents to make life style changes to reduce the family’s environmental footprint. She couldn’t understand why so little was being done to save the planet for her generation and beyond. By age sixteen she’d gained an international following for her outspoken talks with legislators around the globe. She’s become known for taking on leaders in high places and calling for immediate change… calling to stop ‘profit’ to be the deciding factor… and instead, doing what’s right for the future of the planet.
What a novel thought? Isn’t it about time we listened?
Melati and Isabel Wijsen
From their home in Bali these two sisters have transformed a dream into reality. Melati and Isabel started their own company to eliminate the use of plastics back in 2013. At that time they were ten and twelve. After sitting through a lesson about Nelson Mandela, Lady Diana, and Mahatma Gandhi in school they decided to ‘be the change’. After all, if Rwanda, a small African country could ban plastic bags (2008) they could get the people of Bali to do the same.
“As of June 23, 2019, Bali became the first Indonesian province to officially ban all single-use plastic bags, straws and polystyrene in a move environmental activists hope will have a domino effect across the country.” According to Gapurabali.com.
Hurrah for them! Isn’t it about time we followed suit?
She was four when she had her mom send me her finger nail clippings. She’d overheard me talking about rhino horn being made out of keratin, like our finger nails. She wanted to help me save the rhino from being poached for its horn.
When she turned seven I found myself sitting on the front porch with her interviewing me about Nikela, our nonprofit to help people saving wildlife in Africa. I asked permission to record it.
This morning I read an essay she wrote for school. It shows her growing understanding in the craziness of some human practices. How greed and lust for money drive humans to do absolutely deplorable things to animals and to nature… and how they threaten our very survival.
“Sharks have been hunted for 3 decades…. 90% of all shark species have dropped… and it’s time to put a stop to it. Shark finning is a horrible process where a shark is hauled on a fishing boat, and then the fisherman ruthlessly chops the dorsal fin off the shark and then throws the shark back into the ocean. Unable to breathe effectively, the shark torpedoes down to the ocean and dies of suffocation or is eaten by other fish…”
Isn’t it about time we listened? Isn’t it about time we joined them?