Work with local communities in Bannerghatta National Park, Bangalore, India.
The Goal? Understand the perspectives of communities on Conservation and its relationship to Sustainability. People's perspectives shape attitudes and behaviour, which in turn shapes how they impact the world around them, for better or for worse. Changing perspectives and reinforcing others can help save the planet, the people and protect human rights.
The Power of the People
The Small steps people make, and understanding how the power of their perspectives can help bridge the gap between what people do in their lives to the larger policy issues that governments, corporations and NGO organisations' tackle everyday, is immense. If a change in the attitude of the people grows strong enough, the decisions of authorities will reflect that change, for better or for worse. If for example, there isn't enough support for conservation and sustainability in India, then biodiversity loss, environmental degradation for the planet, further climate change, undiscovered scientific wonders in medicine, and historical cultural rights will be badly affected and maybe lost forever, and it isn't just the locals who suffer. Just look at the "Power of the People" in America, which has led to many trans-boundary impacts already in the era of Donald Trump!
With "Business as Usual" leading us down a path of unsustainable practices, understanding how we can implement change for the better is vital for human well being for generations to come, as well as our own.
Who am I?
I am a student who is impassioned about how people's attitudes can shape the world around them, how it can create barriers between people or remove the boundaries which create conflict in our world. I realised this when studying Law, and when studying my Masters of Leadership for Sustainable Development at Queens. Studying in Budapest, and working with charities in Fiji helped me appreciate what can be done at both ends of the spectrum, at the level of people and policy.
Where does your money go to?
Further Education is expensive business, and being a student means you understand this clearly. Flights, accommodation and being able to eat are vital to being able to further my studies in a practical way, and your donations will help support me in India. A donation will help further my qualifications and further my career in sustainable development.