WOMEN UNITED AUSTRALIA
How we live each day matters. One small action at a time multiplied by millions and millions changes the system. I know through my own conservation journey from apathy to action that profoundly changing your lifestyle is not easy, but it is key to solving the challenge of environmental pollution.
In hope to protect our precious ecosystems and increase wildlife conservation amongst young people, my sister Bianca Large and I founded the Eco Kids Group in 2004. Championed by the Great Barrier Marine Park Authority, our most successful campaign was titled “Keep your butts off our reef”, a message for boaties who carelessly flick cigarette butts. The controversial title attracted the attention of Channel 7’s Sunrise TV and for the first time I spoke live on national television – I’ve never been so terrified. To unite and recognise other young community leaders, we hosted the Y.E.A (Youth Environment Awards) annually. And we knew our messages were being heard when we were honoured with the Channel Ten Environmental and Queensland Young Volunteer Awards in 2008.
UNITE & INSPIRE CHANGE
In Australia and around the world women make 85% of the consumer decisions that affect the household’s carbon footprint – we can influence through every dollar we spend and every choice we make. The world needs a lifestyle revolution. It’s easy to sign a petition or to put pressure on governments and march on the streets, which we have to do, but we can’t do that on the one hand, and then live our lives with overconsumption on the other. It’s about bite sized changes – reduce your household energy, buy quality not quantity, cut your meat consumption by half. If millions of us did it, imagine the result. I know through my own climate journey from apathy to action that profoundly changing your lifestyle is not easy, but it is key to solving the challenge of climate change. How we live each day matters. One small action at a time multiplied by millions and millions changes the system. So wherever you are on your journey, whether you just want to get started, or you’re way down the track, what’s important is that you act.
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Worldwide Ltd was established in 2002, initially by Steve and Terri Irwin as a way to include and involve other caring people to support the protection of injured, threatened or endangered wildlife – from the individual animal to an entire species.