So a day I have been waiting for for what seems like my whole life is almost here…
Rustling through my bookcase in my comfortable bedroom at home in Australia, you will find a notebook filled with brochures, postcards, letters, stamps ,even dried flowers… and amongst these remnants of times gone by is a list I wrote when I was about 14 years old… a bucket list… and right up the top of that list is ‘attend an IWC meeting’.
So, six years on, here I am sitting in London with packed bags, itineraries, travel insurances, passport, hotel bookings and tickets all ready for my next adventure. On Friday afternoon I will be travelling over to the small island of Jersey- to be present amongst those against the slaughter of cetaceans during this year’s IWC meeting. I arrived here in London only a day and a half ago, and have had an amazing day seeing the beautiful city…
I am so incredibly excited and honoured to be accompanied by- in my opinion- one of the bravest people I have ever met. Nao, a young Japanese citizen who I met during my three months in Taiji, will be travelling with me- to help send our message about the conservation of marine mammals.
In particular, my aim is to have my voice heard as part of today’s youth, Nao and myself will be heading to Jersey this week not only representing ourselves and the ocean wildlife we seek to protect, but also young people all over the world- including Japan and other whaling nations- that are against the slaughter of these sentient beings… It is my goal to send the message that younger generations of today will NOT stand by and watch our oceans be destroyed before our own eyes. We know what is happening to our ocean biodiversity right now, and what could happen if politicians, businessmen, scientists, illegal fishermen etc continue in the way that they are now.
There will be nothing left for our children.
So by taking action, speaking up and doing something before it’s too late- I hope to send the message to young people that they can too get up and take action for what they believe in. Of course- where will those people be without the support of family and friends, whether you’re educating people on issues facing our oceans, raising funds for organisations that make a difference, or going out there and ‘fighting on the front line’, everyone can have a hand at saving our ocean wildlife…
“Those who have the privilege to know, have the duty to act.”
– Albert Einstein
I will hopefully update my blog every day from Jersey! I will include interviews with some extremely inspiring people, photos and videos of my time here. So please stay updated! :)
Once again, thank you to everyone who helped me get to where I am today- I couldn’t have done it without you!
On the path to protect,