Sometimes it can be quite disheartening to constantly read about the state of wildlife around the world.
Each time I read through social media it is easy to feel helpless, so many animals are being persecuted, or attacked, killed or displaced due to construction work. Humans seem to have such a negative effect on other animals, whether deliberate or otherwise.
Just scrolling through a few days of tweets on Twitter, it can highlight the badger cull, the decline in bees and butterflies, the mass killing of whales or the persecution of raptors, to name just a few.
It would be natural to become very upset, but there are many people out there who care. So many amazing people who want to make a difference, who are devoted enough to turn up to events and protests to show their allegiance, to go out into the fields to protect animals, volunteer and rescue wildlife, and even end up facing physical violence.
This morning I attended Hen Harrier Day South 2016 to show my support. Hen Harriers are on the edge of extinction in England and are still being persecuted.
It was inspirational to listen to Iolo Williams, Nick Bruce-White and Mark Thomas speak so passionately about their experiences and thoughts. I stood amongst hundreds of other people listening, eyes closed, to spoken words of images of Hen Harriers dancing in the sky. I also heard accounts of people having to witness horrific acts of animal cruelty so they can film it for evidence.
I have always had great admiration for people fight for what they believe in, people who give up their time for others, or for animals. When we left RSPB Arne we called in to Poole harbour to support the RNLI open day. Another amazing group of people who give up their time to ‘save lives at sea’.
A few weeks ago I had the great pleasure to meet up with Mark Muschamp, a volunteer with Sea Shepherd, which reminded me of a poster I made when I was 7 years old.
It would be all too simple to think there is nothing I can do, but I am proud to be part of a community of young people who care and are keen to do something about it.
This is just a small shout out to a few of those of my generation that care.
Georgia, Findlay, Dara, Amelia, Melanie, Mya-Rose, Mya, Billy, Sorrel, Liz, Dawood, Zach, Reuben, Elliot, Harry, Nath, Jackson, Frank, Ayla, Luke, Sam, William, Sam, Jacob, Harley, Noah, Toby, Paddy, Miles, Ellis, Josie, Evie, Ben, Thomas, Abby, James.