Dream. Dare. Do. Series – Interview with Bella

Get ready to unleash your inner dreamer with the Dream. Dare. Do. Interview Series!

WhyNot has teamed up with the crew at AYAC to bring you an inspiring peak into the world of imagination, creativity, innovation and bold moves. Join us as we chat with amazing trailblazing and fearless changemakers who aren’t just dreaming big—they’re making it happen! Discover their wild ideas, epic challenges, and the passion that drives them to shake things up and change the world.

Whether you’re looking for a spark of inspiration, a boost of courage, or just some seriously cool stories, this series is your go-to guide for dreaming, daring, and doing awesome things. So, tune in, get inspired, and let’s make some magic happen together!

Interview with Bella (she/her)

1. If you could envision a world where your wildest dreams for a better society came true, what would it look like?

In this ideal world, the economy is measured by social progress indicators, emphasising health, education, equality, and environmental sustainability. Global cooperation is prioritised to tackle the interconnectedness of issues such as climate change and poverty. Wealth is distributed equitably, enabling free lifelong education that encourages empathy and is inclusive of diverse learning styles. Affordable housing and cost of living allow everyone to be creative, socially connect and value rest. Health systems are holistic and based on prevention, and food is organic and local. Indigenous knowledge is respected and valued in all aspects of society, and everybody plays their part in caring for Country.

2. What role do you believe imagination and creativity play in driving social change and innovation?

Storytelling and artistic expression have so much power to create social change and reach wider audiences of people who may not be engaged in activism. Imagination allows us to challenge our current systems and envision alternative futures beyond the current restraints. Often young people are more willing to question existing norms and explore unconventional solutions as we haven’t necessarily been told what isn’t possible. For instance, humans invented our current economy, why can’t we reinvent it to value social and environmental well-being over monetary profit?

3. How do you stay resilient and motivated in the face of adversity or pushback?

Feel the disappointment, then refocus and remember the bigger picture and purpose of the mission. Surrounding myself with kind and supportive people and practising positive self-talk helps!

4. What advice would you give to other young people who are hesitant to take risks or pursue their passions?

Be unqualified and unafraid. I need to take my own advice on this. People aren’t looking as closely as you think waiting for you to stuff up. I don’t think the older version of you will ever regret pursuing something you are passionate about even if it doesn’t turn out to be ‘successful’. Embrace the uncertainty and start now. Also encourage other young people who are giving it a go.

5. In your opinion, what is the most effective way for young people to collaborate and amplify their impact on issues they care about?

Everybody is invited to the big group project of collective action. I have found joining advisory groups or committees to be an effective way to get into the spaces where decisions are made. Joining existing youth-led groups and utilising social media can amplify impact, but don’t underestimate the power of a casual conversation with a friend. Effectively engaging with policymakers is a powerful skill that can be learnt by joining existing advocacy groups.

6. How would you encourage other young people to get involved and take action on important issues?

Personalise it – what is important to you and your community? Don’t underestimate the impact you can have and know there is not one right way to be involved. Progress takes time, find what works for you to sustain long-term engagement and avoid burnout. Small contributions add up, we have seen so many youth-led initiatives create real tangible change. I find motivation by joining groups of like-minded people and have got a lot out of it personally and professionally.

7. What do you think the number one issue affecting young people in your community is today and why?

Climate change, as we know, is the biggest issue facing the world, with young people bearing the long-term consequences more than any other demographic group. Recognising how climate change is linked to other issues, such as the cost of living and mental health, further shows the interconnectedness of these effects, particularly since climate impacts often unfold gradually and can be overlooked in day-to-day struggles.

 

 

Bella (she/her) is passionate about the intersections of climate justice, and involving young people in government decision making.

She is connected to AYAC through being a member of the Australian Governments Youth Steering Committee and recently graduated with a Bachelors of Environmental Policy and Management. 

 

Illustration by Aileen. You can find more of her work on Instagram @aileenngstudio

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