A senior student studying Environmental Science at Cuttington University, Olivia Livingstone says it is time for young people to take responsible actions to protect the environment.
Olivia was recently accepted to serve on the Youth Advisory Council of the World Oceans Day. She was among 14 individuals selected from 1,100 young people from across the globe who applied to form a part of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council.
The Youth Advisory Council of the World Oceans Day helps to expand the reach and impact of the day across the globe.
The day is celebrated June 8 each year.
She said taking care of the environment should be the moral obligation of young people because it also helps them relative to their health and well-being.
She added that many young people in Liberia are not interested in activities related to the environment because “they are not knowledgeable about the impact their actions have on the environment.”
However, the 21-year-old said, despite those challenges, there are other alternatives to get more young people involved, something she said she is working towards.
She has started her own NGO dubbed the Green Stewards Incorporated (GSI) which focuses on finding solutions that can aid in reducing the harmful effects and threats that the environment is challenged with.
Olivia, who is also the President of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance Chapter at the Cuttington University, said her recent acceptance to serve as a member of the World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council is a major boost to her NGO and also shows that young people in the country are ready to make “tremendous” impact in all aspects of the society.
“The fact that I am a member of the Youth Advisory Council it means that I have in some ways inspired young people to go for it, no matter how challenging it is,” she said.