Tell us about the work you are doing to create a wilder world.
My Green World is an Australian-based social enterprise created during, and in response to, one of the most defining global events in the history of life on earth. My Green World believes that a generation of empowered youth will become the generation that changes the world. It is with this knowledge that we dedicated our existence to developing youth-focussed solutions to global ecology problems. My Green World fosters a collective environment for change by providing educational resources and opportunities that further children’s engagement with conservation efforts, while ensuring the preservation of nature.
The programs that I have facilitated through My Green World seek to embed the relevant tools and exercises into school curriculums and communities, while understanding the current social, cultural and technological landscapes that influence children.
My Green World offers a suite of programs that provide educational institutions, children and families with an enjoyable and creative way of learning about global environmental issues.
What are some successes you have had?
1. We are currently expanding our mobile game app, World of the Wild, to include more features and more educational content. World of the Wild is a unique mobile game app that gives young people an opportunity to participate in fun gameplay, while contributing to real-life wildlife conservation efforts. This app gamifies the concept of saving animals, and allows users to rescue, rehabilitate and care for animals and habitats within their own carefully crafted world. Each animal in the app represents a real-life charity! Partnered with 17 charities, this game offers unique facts and pop quizzes and allows users to rescue animals in need. The game empowers the global community and transform online culture while restoring the natural world. It is a change to the status quo; utilising online activism to achieve tangible results in conservation.
2. We are about to launch Kids Corner. Kids Corner is an online education program that aims to empower and educate young people, families and schools to have a greater role in the future of the planet. Kids Corner offers a suite of educational activities and programs.
3. We are expanding our blog with the aim that we can be an influential source of wildlife and environmental news in Australia and around the world
How can others help you accomplish these goals?
1. We are heavily under resourced and are looking for more members to join our team
2. We are seeking funding and sponsorship to assist us in delivering our projects
3. We require assistance in pursuing partnerships, gaining legal advice and undertaking operations management
How can the public get involved with your project/work?
The public can visit my website, www.mygreenworld.org and sign up to our online classroom, read or contribute to our nature news program, and/or download my mobile game app, World of the Wild.
What are some lessons you have learned/what would you have done differently?
1. I have learnt that it is imperative to have a strong support system. Find a mentor or somebody to guide you, and don’t try to do everything on your own. It is easy to become isolated and work yourself to the ground, but it is certainly not healthy. To achieve success, you must sometimes lean on the people around you and accept their support.
2. Don’t follow convention and don’t find a problem to fit your solution. Ignore convention and find smarter paths to addressing the problem.
3. Perseverance. The entrepreneurial path is never easy, but it certainly is rewarding. As Steve Jobs once said, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance”.
Any words of advice or wisdom? Anything else you want to tell the world?
Working in my field, we are faced with huge barriers, and sometimes it seems that the odds are not tipped in our favour. Wildlife extinction, habitat erosion, food insecurity, poverty, and animal abuses are gargantuan issues that sometimes seem too big to take on. But we can do it. For every one person that is acting illegally or unethically towards wildlife, there are thousands of people who are fighting against it. For every one person that isn’t aware of the plight of our world’s wildlife, there are thousands of people trying to educate them. It is the individual acts of bravery that make a difference, along with the knowledge that such bravery is bringing our society together in a collaborative, compassionate space to make a difference.
This idea is harnessing the power of young change-makers to build innovative, impactful and educational online platforms and technologies.
It is critical that we build upon the wildlife and environmental education resources to prepare today’s youth with the knowledge, experience and connections to meet the challenges that will define their generation.
Find a mentor or somebody to guide you, and don’t try to do everything on your own.
Perseverance. The entrepreneurial path is never easy, but it certainly is rewarding.
It is the individual acts of bravery that make a difference, along with the knowledge that such bravery is bringing our society together in a collaborative, compassionate space to make a difference.