Big cats were the focus of a Youth for Wildlife Conservation (Y4WC) and Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) digital summit on the role of youth in big cat conservation on Saturday, held on World Wildlife Day
What a convention! I'm back home from Colombia where Cecile Tang and I attended the 28th InternationalCongress for Conservation Biology (ICCB). Sitting on a youth panel, it was a unique opportunity for each one of us to share our voice regarding our personal journey in conservation.
'Budding and perennial conservationists need to feel inspired and continue in the profession, not put off by pessimism.'
For too long news about nature and the environment has focused on sad stories and spiraling statistics, it is time for a new narrative, conservation works and there are tonnes of positive stories out there. The #ConservationOptimism movement is spearheading this change and Y4WC is right along with it. In April 2017 Y4WC delegates presented a interactive workshop on the importance of diversity in conservation for positive change and a better world, at the Conservation Optimism Summit in London.
A core belief of Y4WC is that the world should ‘Listen to the young voices’ not simply because youth are underrepresented in conservation and international conventions, but because we are already making positive impacts in our communities and may have new solutions and perspectives on conservation matters. Swetha Stotra Bhashyam representing Y4WC at the United Nations HQ in New York.
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
I had never been to the UN, and know very little about the labyrinth that is international policy on wildlife conservation. It is because of this “outsider” point of view that I was asked to share my experience.
Six years ago, August 12th - was launch as World Elephant Day, a focused day to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. That's awesome but what are youth around the world actually doing to #BeElephantEthical. Get Inspired!
It was in my first year at university where I truly met ecology as a science. Simultaneously, I was fascinated with the dynamic interaction of networks in nature: all species interconnected. It was as if I opened a door to the most essential: Life!