It was in my first year at university where I truly met ecology as a science. Simultaneously, I was fascinated with the dynamic interaction networks in nature: all species were interconnected within their ecosystem, each species could interact with their ecosystem and each ecosystem was interacting with others forming the biosphere. It was as if I opened a door to the most essential: Life!
Wetlands are remarkable places that sustain thousands of species worldwide, including humans, and more importantly, in an age more natural disasters are occurring due to the change in our climate, they are crucial for disaster risk reduction.
To celebrate World Wetlands Day and the positive conservation steps to protect these areas and their wildlife, we bring you three stories from youth about their conservation work across North and South America in these wet and wonderful ecosystems.
In December 2016, four members of Y4WC headed to Cancun’s United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) CoP13. The CBD is a multilateral treaty whose objective is to develop national strategies for the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, and we were there to learn how young conservationists can be more involved in global negotiations that affect us all.
The time came for the big trip ti Johannesburg, the most vibrant City of South Africa! All delegates, experts contributors and guest from all over the world finally came together for the Youth Forum for People and Wildlife
It's been 10 days since I had to say goodbye to 34 new best friends - the courageous, gorgeous and dedicated youth delegates of IFAW's Youth Forum for People and Wildlife. Despite having a big hole in my heart I am more inspired than ever - the combination of ideas and passion coming from these people (and many others all over the world) will ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Mother Earth.
The launch of Youth For Wildlife Conservation, our founding article written by Adam Miller. “The reasonable [person] adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable.” – George Benard Shaw, 1903