Southern Cross University marine science student and dolphin conservationist, Nicole McLachlan.
Southern Cross University marine science student and dolphin conservationist, Nicole McLachlan.

Whalers to get the sheets

THE future of marine wildlife is in the hands of about 2000 local young people.

Tweed dolphin conservationist Nicole McLachlan hopes to have 100,000 young people from across the world involved in the In Our Hands project before she fronts the United Nations in June.

People in the project place a coloured hand-print on a giant sheet and write a message beside it for the world's leaders - 2000 local young people have already done this.

Ms McLachlan said she would present the sheets at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. She will also present them to this year's International Whaling Commission meeting in Panama, meeting Environment Minister Tony Burke and hopefully Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

"I had the idea at the 2011 International Whaling Commission week in Jersey, Channel Islands. Since then the project has taken off and is really starting to take shape," she said.

The message was simple, Ms McLachlan said: "Oceans and marine wildlife are being destroyed before our eyes. It is in the hands of younger generations to reverse the mistakes of the past to give hope for a better future.

"The In Our Hands project involves the education of younger generations on marine conservation issues, inspires kids to become active in marine conservation and helps those with a passion for the marine environment.

"The aim of this project is to reach as many children, teens and young adults as possible in order to show that you can stand up for your future regardless of your age, race or gender.

"The project also encourages the youth to pursue and dedicate their lives to what they're truly passionate about."

Ms McLachlan said she had 10 people from local schools and organisations helping her.

Email pathtoprotect@hotmail.com to offer "hands on" support.



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