2020, Middle School, Film
We live in a world that has essentially been dominated by a species of intelligent beings we call humans. Somehow, being the intelligent life forms we are, we have managed to destroy our own environment to such great lengths that it's occurring on a global scale. This planet, the only one we know has life on it, and such a complex network of life, for that matter, is being destroyed by one of the very species living on it. A couple of years ago, I came across an incredible animation for the wildlife conservation film festival, and it had a significant impact on me. As a person who has always been fascinated by wildlife and enjoys art as a hobby, the video was both refreshing and inspiring, as I could see how people could put so much effort into an animation about something they believed in. I learned a lot from doing research for this project alone, and I was often in distress. This was partly because I felt hopeless, believing I would never be capable of completing my work, but mostly because the things I learned were devastating, and they were happening at that very moment, with me seemingly unable to do anything about it. This, however, resulted in determination to continue creating, while hopefully educating others along the way. With this film, I was hoping to raise awareness by showing people examples of what we've done to biodiversity, and how important it is to stop. People often see ongoing solutions and others' determination and believe the work will be done for them, but this is truly a community effort, and it is crucial for everyone to act. If there's anything I've learned, it's that we already have most of the solutions; we just need to execute them. As an individual, I'll keep doing what I can to reduce my impact on the environment, and teach others how to do so, and why.