We are living in pressing times. Not a day goes by when I don’t hear about global issues regarding fighting, poverty and the environment. It’s so easy to learn and gain information in the current day. We have technology and the internet at our fingertips. We are no longer able to do things without knowing the effects of our actions. This means we are able to make conscious decisions in our everyday lives which will have a huge impact on the rest of the world.

These choices include what food we eat, what clothes we buy, what products we purchase and all the other daily decisions we make. It’s easy to think that we don’t count. How can I make a difference when the world is so large? I’m a small voice in a huge ocean. But our daily choices are important and they do have an affect on the planet. We are all connected across this globe, everything we do affects people, animals, wildlife, somewhere.

One of my biggest inspirations is Jane Goodall, a primatologist, ethologist and anthropologist. She has worked tirelessly for decades to help this planet through her research, education projects and talks around the globe. She set up the Jane Goodall Institute and through her work, inspires thousands to protect chimpanzees, conserve the natural world and improve the lives of people, animals and the environment.

I wrote my thesis at university on why humans should morally consider non-human animals. This led me down the fascinating path of studying animal psychology, behaviour and emotions. I learned so much through Jane Goodall’s work. This project set me on a path to volunteer internationally and to tell stories through art. I’m grateful for people like Jane Goodall who continue to inspire me each day.