“You have not yet lived, until you have found something worth dying for…”
I’ve always had a passion for the ocean. There was never a question as to where my life would take me. In my early teenage years, all I wanted to do was learn more about our ocean and I aspired to spend my life studying it. Then, I found out how badly affected it has been from very recent human interactions- if nothing is done, much of the biodiversity in the sea will be destroyed.
The major problems have arisen due to the impacts of just one species- human. Therefore, we are the only species that can solve these problems, and as much of an inconvenience or disruption it may be to the comfortable life of some, it is absolutely essential for the survival of mankind on this planet. For without a healthy ocean, there are no healthy humans- there is no life on Earth.
I started to become involved in conservation efforts when I was 15, and a few months after I finished high school, I began a degree in Marine Science. During my first year of study, I began working on the Great Barrier Reef as an island and reef tour guide. It was working here for almost three years that gave me a whole new respect for these creatures, by experiencing them in their world every day. So now, my life will be spent trying to protect life in our oceans, and to inspire others- especially the younger generations- to do the same.
It was at 19 years of age in 2010 that the opportunity to help Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on the ‘front line’ arose… I accompanied volunteers from across the world to Taiji, Japan, to help document and expose the slaughter of dolphins and small whales- featured in the documentary, ‘The Cove’ the campaign exists to keep both the dolphin hunts and the international captive marine mammal trade under an international spotlight. I first learnt of the slaughters at age 12 in 2003, when activists from Sea Shepherd exposed them to the world.
And so I travelled to Taiji, Japan in 2010. Since then, I’ve spent four months there over three seasons, working to expose and ultimately, end the targeted slaughter of marine mammals and the captive dolphin trade that drives the killings…
I’m also focused on a number of marine conservation issues within Australia and other parts of the world, including the protection of the Great Barrier Reef. Last year, I travelled to the UK to attend the International Whaling Commission meeting to give a voice to young people all over the world who are against the slaughter of marine mammals.
In 2013 I joined other young ambassadors for a national Youth Education Tour of 40,000+ students at schools and universities across Australia which aimed to educate others about the importance of ocean protection.
Please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for the support!
* You can read about my time in Taiji by reading my blog entries from December 2010-March 2011 and also in November-December of 2011.