Author: Olivia Taylor
t’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.
On #WorldWildlifeDay last year IFAW announced the final selection for their Youth Forum for People and Wildlife which has just taken place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The 34 delegates, aged 18 – 25, represented a whopping 24 countries from all around the globe. The aim was to engage the young people in skill building workshops, and to explore conservation and wildlife welfare issues, including the impact of wildlife trade. The delegates were chosen from a pool of over 1000 applicants based on criteria which demonstrated passion, commitment, diversity and energy.
I am still reeling from the experience and am so honoured and humbled to have been chosen – the experience was truly life changing! Read on to find out more about the incredible youth delegates, wonderful staff, what went on during the adventure and what I have taken away from the forum."
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