- Parrys Raines
- WWF Youth Ambassador
My name is Parrys Raines and I am 14 years old. I am currently the Youth Ambassador for World Wide Fund for Nature.
I am in year 8 at St Marys Star of the Sea College in Wollongong. I love sport and being in the great outdoors. I have four national titles and one Oceania title. I have completed level two in Safe Surfing, an introduction course to Ice Climbing and have my PADI Diver Certification. I have represented my school and region in indoor and outdoor soccer. I am just getting started in Mountain Bike riding and may start to compete this year. I played the violin for five years but have just changed over to drums.
When I was in year four I discovered film and started to make documentaries. I like the use of film for communication as it means I can reach a larger audience. I have made movies/documentaries about Polar Bears, My Life, Bananas, Machinery – Diggers, and a Science Show about experiments on light.
I am currently making an educational DVD to teach children in Australia and around the world about climate change and the simple things they can do in their every life that collectively will make a difference to protecting the environment. This will be completed by March 2010. It is called “A Kids Guide to Climate Change”.
I am also currently making a documentary about orang-utans after travelling to Borneo last year to learn and film them.
I am currently the Youth Ambassador for WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature). WWF is an international conservation organisation. I am honoured to be part of WWF and share their values.
I have represented Australia twice in sport and won a Bronze and Gold medal. I felt really proud to have achieved this but I felt more proud when I was selected by the United Nations Environment Program to represent Australia at the International Children’s Conference of the Environment in Norway in June 2008. I was also selected to speak at the conference. I spoke about my DVD and how climate change was going to affect Australia. I was named Environmental Hero of the month for November 2008 by the United Nations.
I often get to ask to speak at schools and environmental events and I enjoy this. I have found that other children are interested in helping and learning about the environment but are not sure how to go about it.
My motto is “habits made today will help life tomorrow”.
Firstly I want to say congratulations on helping the environment. Kids like you and your friends can make a big difference. It is important for kids in our generation to work with current politicians etc. so we can learn from them and tell them what our concerns are. I have been working on my environmental work for a few years now and people have gotten to know me and what I am trying to achieve. My relationship with WWF has been built up over the last four years. I share their values and with WWF I am following my dream to help protect the environment. I have my own video camera and software and I just choose a topic I am interested in and making documentaries is a good way to get a message across to a bigger audience.
My advice is to think about what you are trying to achieve (your goal) and make small steps to achieve your goal. Along the way when you need help find the right people to help you achieve the goal. Don't give up if things get hard I have found from experience that persistance and determination pays off.
Keep up the good work!! If you have any more questions just ask.