Last spring I did an interview with the amazing Kelly Lovell, who has her own TV Show on Rogers. She and I were presenters at TEDxWaterloo Youth in 2013. She has a great message to share and is making a real difference in our community and in our world to inspire youth.
One of the things I noticed about myself in the interview I did with Kelly is that sometimes the thoughts in my head didn't always come out as smoothly as I wanted them to. The message I wanted to share was there though. Kelly was a great interviewer and really helped me feel comfortable along the way.
I've learned that my message is the most important thing and that I love being asked to present and to give interviews. It is my way of sharing my passion for our oceans and protecting endangered marine animals.
I need to give a voice to those that can't speak for themselves -- marine animals and especially sharks that are being needlessly killed.
So, here's my thought for you on this Friday and as I prepare to do a TV interview on Rogers this morning with MPP Catherine Fife: life is not perfect. We need to do our best and share what is in our hearts. If we do this, we won't be weighed down by the regrets of "what ifs".
We all have a light inside of us with ideas and dreams to share. Even if your delivery isn't perfect, your passion and enthusiasm will always win out and help inspire others!
Here's a link to my interview with Kelly Lovell on the Youth Effect show.
Since I won't be home to celebrate Earth Day at my school, I arranged to have a bake sale in advance of April 22.
On April 15, I held a bake sale at my school with all proceeds going to AfriOceans Conservation Alliance. I had help from some amazing friends in my Grade 5 class. Together, we sold cookies, cupcakes, licorice, pencils, Rainbow Loom jewelry and dolls and raised over $400! I'm so excited about the success of this event.
It is just another reminder of what can happen when you have an idea and share it with friends who support and believe in you and things that are important to you.
Most people know how much I care about protecting our oceans and the animals that live in it. With the education we share during the bake sale and all other times too, I feel every little thing we do makes a difference.
I love talking to people about the positive changes we can make and I'm always so happy for any and all support.
Our planet is so beautiful. We need to protect it and I'm so grateful that so many people understand that they can make a difference even by just making one small positive change each day.
One step in the right direction - end of whale & dolphin meat sales for Japan's biggest online retailer
I just learned about the Japanese online retailer, Rakuten, who is ending all online sales of whale and dolphin meat by the end of April.
This announcement is such a relief to me. When I read a tweet that linked to the news article, I waved my hands in the air and shouted, "I'm so excited!".
This move is a step in right direction. Stopping the whale slaughter is huge! I remain hopeful that in generations to come we might see our whales frolicking in the ocean.
It gives me hope that people understand how much oceans and marine life need our help, and it gives me hope that everybody knows that that pollution, global warming, and over fishing will disappear if we all do something to stop the harm we are causing.
Most of all, this announcement, gives me hope that we will save our oceans and the marine life that needs it to survive.
I am grateful for the ICJ ruling and Monday's verdict of the UN court. This four-year legal campaign by the Australian government also helped change Japan's mind about the whale hunt in the Antarctic. They have called it off for next winter.
Sometimes the wait is long for change to happen, but we need to keep trying to get our message out there and bring awareness to these issues. Time and our continued focus will bring about the change we want to see in our precious planet.
"We never know the worth of water till the well is dry." ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732