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Ocean advocate Danni Washington says we can accelerate our efforts to save the planet by giving all people an equal voice in the conversation.
Publish Date: Jun 08, 2021
Ocean advocate Danni Washington says we can accelerate our efforts to save the planet by giving all people an equal voice in the conversation. Washinton goes on to say that the BIPOC community has been historically excluded from conversations about conservation. And while that is changing, she draws her faith less from her trust in institutions, and more from the bright hearts and minds of today's youth
And do you feel like people are starting to get it? I mean, I would imagine intuitively you realize like this is an all hands on deck moment and we no longer have the luxury of time if we don't start making some significant changes as a specie as a species, not only is the plan in trouble, but we're in trouble also. I mean, have you seen an evolution In the last what, 12, 13 years since you graduated from college in terms of people's awareness and consciousness around all these issues? Definitely. I definitely see a change in consciousness. Um, is it happening fast enough? I don't think so. But what keeps me going is working with youth, working with people who are under the age of 18 who haven't quite been, um, you know, beat up by the ways of the world, which is, is the fact, you know, adult thing is a real thing. But when I talk to young people and their, their energy for life, their vision, their big ideas not hindered by anything or anyone, that's what gives me excitement and gives me the fuel that I need to keep going. And on top of that. Yeah, on top of that, it's like, you know, my identity is as a person, as a human being uh is multifaceted and there's so many dimensions of me and just like there are many dimensions of you, we have so many different things that define our lives. And one of the things beyond just being a science communicator, it's about being a face and a voice that's representing a group of people that have been disproportionately or traditional and traditionally left out of this type of conversation, which would include the bipod community, black indigenous people of color. Um specifically when you're talking about ocean conservation, this has been a predominantly white, you know, realm. And the only way that we're going to involve, the only way that we're going to push this um this mission and this movement forward is to make sure that everyone's included, that everyone has a voice that everyone can bring their experiences and their identities the table and show how we can create solutions um in a much faster, more efficient way if we have those dynamic folks at the, you know, at the table. So that's really what I do, why I do what I do. It's not just about being on tv, it's not just about, you know, creating content, it's about representing something bigger than myself.