I like to think that those who are able to appreciate the beauty of nature are as strong, resilient and compassionate as she is. Over the years, my relationship with our planet has grown and shaped me as the woman I am. As a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience - it's quite clear that I have a soft spot for our earths creatures great and small.
It's devastating to think that we are facing the next great extinction crisis RIGHT NOW. Scientists predict that at the rate we are travelling, in the next 50 years we may lose upwards of half of the wonderful species we know and love today. It absolutely terrifies me that my future children and grandchildren won't be able to experience the wild world I've known - one brightened by gorgeous coral reefs, busy honey bees, cheeky orangutans and majestic elephants. All which are currently under great threat.
It's time to take responsibility. There is not a single environmental issue that needs to be tackled. We must approach them ALL holistically; whether it be climate change, environmental degradation or our never ending thirst for energy. We need to step up not only as individuals, but as communities, as nations, and as a united global force.
We can all start with the obvious things like recycling. Then we can engage with environmental action groups by planting trees or participating in bush regeneration programs. But we also need to get the people in power on board - the government. Contact your MPs! Tell them it's time to hold big business accountable for their emissions. Stand up for the animals whose habitats are lost to our increasingly urban society. Push for renewable energy implementation. If enough people let their voices be heard - change can and will happen.
Lastly, innovation is key. We constantly need new and exciting ideas to protect and live in harmony with wildlife. Never stop educating yourself, and always take pride in your mission and passion. We can do this! We only have one planet earth, and it is truly our duty to protect it.