BY SIMONE

From his own life and experiences, Tim taught us that change may not be immediate and that making a difference can be difficult, but as long as passion is maintained and one never gives up, change is possible.

On the 30th of July Mosman Youth Services held a Sustainability and Campaigning Workshop for all those interested in environmental issues and advocacy. This workshop featured guest speaker Tim Silverwood: co-founder of Take 3.

Take 3 is an organisation dedicated to the education of the world about the complex problem of rubbish (particularly plastic) in our oceans. They run a strong campaign with the key simple message: “take 3 pieces of rubbish with you when you leave the beach, waterway or… anywhere and you have made a difference.” They encourage people to refuse disposable plastic, and Reduce, Re-use, Recycle and Respond by picking up rubbish – simple inspiring actions.

The hour-long workshop began with a brief history of Tim’s life. This took us on a journey from his early interest in the environment and the beginning of his activism, up to his recent accomplishment of co-founding Take 3. He spoke whole-heartedly about his passion for the environment and how he used that passion to create his career.

Following this bio, we were asked to talk about our interests in the environment and our reasons for attending the workshop. After we all shared our views, Tim facilitated a group discussion/brainstorming session, bringing together the various ideas and goals we had for bringing about change for the issues that we had all mentioned.

By the end of the hour not only had we become much more familiar with each other and one another’s interests, but the hour also created a space where we could believe together for change to happen. From his own life and experiences, Tim taught us that change may not be immediate and that making a difference can be difficult, but as long as passion is maintained and one never gives up, change is possible.

Simone is part of the Mosman Youth Services’ youth volunteer sustainability group View Finders. For more info, or if you would like to be part of their initatives next term click here.