Friday, March 3 is World Wildlife Day and this year’s theme is “Listen to the Young Voices.” Fifteen-year-old Emily Walker is one of those young, inspirational voices already making a difference for the world’s wildlife.
Ever since I was little, I have always loved animals. When I heard about what was happening to some of the beautiful animals on our planet, I knew I needed to try and do something. I started Kids Against Animal Poaching in 2015 when I heard about an elephant being killed for his tusks. A world where people are killing animals for their skins, horns, and tusks is not a world that any of us should tolerate.
Since I started Kids Against Animal Poaching, I have been trying to raise awareness and educate people about animal poaching. For my 15th birthday I asked my friends to donate to Kids Against Animal Poaching in lieu of presents and with that money and other donations, I have now raised over $8,000. I also researched animal poaching, its negative impact on both the ecosystem and on humans, and made a speech in my 8th grade class to better inform my peers.
I believe it is so important for kids to be educated about this issue because we are the generation that will be able to change it. I never realized how big of an impact a 15-year-old girl can make. With the support of my family and friends, I have realized that I can truly make a difference in our world.
Learn more about Kids Against Animal Poaching and support these efforts here.
(Top photo: Emily with dog, Belvedere, in her Kids AAP t-shirt)