I have always had a great passion for animals and the natural world, and from an early age, I knew that I wanted to be involved with animals and the environment in some way. Throughout primary school, I was renowned for my interest in wildlife, hosting assemblies on wildlife and the damaging effects of climate change. In Year 3, I started the WWF’s campaign for Wear It Wild at my school, raising over £400 in total. In Year 6, my headmistress allowed me to attend the ‘Time is Now’ event in London campaigning for WWF. At the event, I was then interviewed by WWF and became more involved with the organisation and was invited to become a WWF Youth Ambassador. This has been such an amazing opportunity, allowing me to be more involved in helping to highlight the issues facing the environment to young people and how we can all help.
Since moving to secondary school, my love for nature has only grown. Back in 2019, I was lucky enough to attend the ‘Where the world turns’ WWF event at the Royal Institution in London. There I met and discussed a variety of environmental issues with a range of experts, including Extinction Rebellion co-founder Jack Harris and Deadly 60 presenter Steve Backshall. Later that year, I hosted a webinar on rainforests with WWF expert Jamie Gordon, where I received huge support and overall had a great turnout.
I am also a proud member of my school’s eco-team, where we are currently working towards obtaining a Green Eco Flag award. This has involved running several campaigns to try and make our school a more environmentally friendly place; including examining the soil quality of our school grounds and how water is managed and saved throughout the site.
In November 2021, I was offered an amazing opportunity: to go up to Glasgow in Scotland to attend COP26. There I interviewed a multitude of people, ranging from business executives looking to make their products more sustainable, to experts in green energy and slowing the climate crisis. I was even lucky enough to interview radio host Cel Spellman and HRH Princess Eugenie, and feature on BBC Newsround. I also attended a climate march, which included speakers such as Chris Packham and overall had a great atmosphere.
This year, I have been involved in several fundraising events and activities. In December, I raised over £150 for WWF at my school Christmas fair and in February, I participated in the WWF ‘Great Winter Wonder’ campaign, walking 15 miles and raising £200. I was also involved in the judging of the OVO Green Energy Award for Schools, where I joined a panel of judges to determine which applicant from all over the UK was the most environmentally friendly and conscious. I now currently working on a YouTube channel to further promote action amongst fellow young people.
Becoming a Youth Ambassador has been an amazing opportunity, allowing me to be more involved in helping to highlight the issues facing the environment to young people and how we can all help.