In brief...

I'm a Nature-lover, aspiring conservationist, and wannabe traveller in search of outdoor adventure.
My interests vary from conservation to education to heritage to Nature (biodiversity & wildlife) to outdoor activities to life in general.
They occupy most of my waking moment.
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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Affirmations and aspirations.

Just a quick post, cos it's business as usual here again, and there's never enough time to finish the things I need to do.

Anyway, so last night I was at the award ceremony for this Young Person of the Year award thing that they have in the UK. I worked with Cambridge Hub last year for the Climate and Sustainability Forum, and through them was inspired to start the Nature Society as well, so the coordinator for Cam Hub nominated me and two others who're in Cam Hub for this award and we actually made the finals. I don't think any of us made much fuss about it cos I guess we're all past the stage where we need that kind of public affirmation for what we're doing. I do think the concept and idea of trying to improve the image of youths and acknowledging positive role models for youths is good and the winners were all deserving of their award/prize money. But personally, having a friend (or anyone, really) come up and tell me that I've inspired them in some way, or I've made them think more about how environmentally friendly they are etc, gives me more satisfaction and motivation than any award could.

Anyway, so during the event, we had to go up on stage and answer a question, and mine was "so I understand that you want to be a conservationist. I'm gonna be controversial, and ask - why?" And I gave a feeble answer, something about the beauty of the natural world and wanting future generations to be able to experience it too.

Which is all well and good, but what I wish I had said was this: "How's that controversial? I guess many people don't realise or know it, but we as humans are actually highly reliant on the natural world and ecosystem services that they provide, and without all that, we wouldn't survive. At least, that's what we say to world leaders and policy-makers. But I guess why I want to be a conservationist boils down to a more fundamental and intangible reason, in that I find an innate beauty in Nature and the biodiversity on this Earth is just mind-blowing, and all that is disappearing at an astonishing rate. It would be tragic if future generations never got to experience all that. And more than just wanting to be a conservationist, I also want to educate, and let everyone, especially kids, know more about the other creatures sharing the planet with them."


Which is why I guess I'll never really be a politician or Someone Important. I don't like media attention and I can't answer questions on the spot. I can't think of a single instance when I actually managed to answer a question on stage without regretting what I said and/or wishing I said something else instead. It's much easier to write, when you've got more time to think about how to craft your sentences to mean what you really mean, and you can think through all that you want to say. Though at the same time, it means that you can't quite so easily go back on your words, cos it's saved somewhere in the exact words that you typed.



Anyway, it's time for me to actually start some of my work, instead of being wholly unproductive in academic terms.

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