Getting the youth of today to care about Rhino Conservation…
I can’t seem to get kids to care about the latest mobile app, let alone something to do with the environment. How, I know not, but the message the World Youth Rhino Summit (WYRS) are communicating is being heard by the youth – with enthusiasm!
The purpose behind the WYRS…
“With international wildlife crime reaching crisis proportions and now considered the fourth-most profitable illegal trade in the world (estimated at US$19billion annually), 150 young people from 9 African states, Vietnam, China, USA, UK, New Zealand, Europe and South America will be converging on the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve in northern KZN for a 3-day high-level Summit to debate provocative themes, culminating in the unveiling of a World Youth Wildlife Declaration.” WYRS
So basically, a bunch of teenagers will gather for 3 days in the middle of the bush, sleeping in tents and roughing it for the sole purpose of debating how to secure the future of our rhinos… Incredible. It proves the youth aren’t lost to selfies and reality TV.
How did the World Youth Rhino Summit come about?
The World Your Rhino Summit is an outcome of the Rhino Art – Let The Children’s Voices Be Heard campaign, an initiative of African celebrity explorer Kingsley Holgate and Project Rhino KZN, which has already reached over 125 000 young people in Africa and Vietnam. To read more about this incredible movement, click here!
This summit has become a reality through long hours, hard work and dedicated individuals who have put their lives, businesses and personal time on the back-burner to make this possible. Being in charge of the WYRS’s social media, I can see what this summit has already achieved… hope. Hope that the awareness created for conservation hasn’t been in vain, that the next generation have realised they are in charge of our animal’s tomorrow and to not be the generation that stood by, doing nothing.
My hope is that we aren’t too late…
How to connect with the WYRS team…