Meet D. Simon Jackson - Director, Sprit Bear Youth Coalition
D. Simon Jackson
Title: Director, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
Web Site: Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
From Simon: The land of the spirit bear is a complex web of life,
a model for the interdependence of species, a reminder of all that is right in this world.
Part II of Interview.
If a child is interested in a certain 'cause' how can they actively get involved?
If an individual is interested in a particular cause
campaign to save the spirit bear!) it is important
that they care
passionately about the issue. Passion is critical in
order to convey
their message. It is also important that the
individual focus on one
issue rather than several. This is one of the harder
lessons I had to
learn, as I was bombarded by so many issues on a daily
basis, many of
which I wanted to get involved in. However, to make a
difference in an
issue, I learned that I needed to give my undivided
attention to one
issue and learn everything there was to know about it.
I realized that
if I became involved in several issues, my attention
and focus would be
fractured and as a result, I would be more of a
hindrance than a help to
others involved. With that said, the first step to
becoming involved in
a cause is education. Begin by contacting different
connected to the issue and ask for information. If
you have more
questions, donít be afraid to ask - it is important to
get the whole
picture in order to understand the issue. Once you
have a basic
understanding of the issue, start spreading the word
and continue your
own research - you can never know to much. And the
more you know, the
better chance you have of being a major force in the
process. It isnít hard work, but it is time consuming
work - that is
why it is crucial to stay the course and be committed.
What education is needed to become active in conservation? Are there jobs in this field?
There are few courses that teach how to become active
issues - the best education is seeking the advice and
others. And the best way to become knowledgeable in a
issue is to do your homework, including speaking to
people involved on
all sides of an issue to reading every article
available. This will
provide you with the least bias and best information
Are there Jobs Available in this Field?
There are a variety of jobs available in conservation
environmentalism - from activists, who fight the
battle on the front
line; scientists, who provide the scientific backbone
politicians, who make changes from the inside; or the
path which I have
chosen to take, becoming a journalist, where issues
can be presented to
How can kids learn more about conservation and endangered species.
The best way for youth to learn about conservation and
species is to read books and newspaper articles and
watch TV programs on
subjects which intrigue them; ask question of those
who have knowledge
and experience surrounding issues that interest them;
organizations that deal with conservation and
protection of endangered
Is it dangerous?
No more or less than any other activity in life.
Special thanks to D. Simon Jackson for this interview. For an update on what has happened since the
interview please visit Spirit Bear Youth Coalilition web site.
Photos used with permission from D. Simon Jackson.
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