Hello – I’m me!
My name is ________________________________________.
In this big universe I live on EARTH my planet is 4.5 BILLION years old.
I am one person on a planet of 7.7 BILLION human beings.
This can make me sound very small – and perhaps I am.
But size doesn’t equal importance.
And being small doesn’t mean that my actions aren’t meaningful.
Across all space and time, there has only - and will only - ever be one me.
connecting you with the stars
Over the next few weeks we are going to explore our place in the Universe, learn about the history of the Earth and the oceans. We are also going to develop our understandings on ecosystems learning about predators such as sharks and rays, as well as looking at some of the issues that currently threaten life on earth, such as climate change and plastic pollution.
In all this vastness, it can become easy to feel overwhelmed and small. In these moments it is important to remember that size does not equal importance.
The meaning in our lives is provided by us.
There is only - and will only ever be - one you.
You are part of this Universe, you are in this Universe but most importantly of all, the Universe is within you.
We are all connected.
Just by being alive you are participate in the goings on of the Universe.
We live in an amazing era for realising human potential
We live in an era of heightened access to knowledge. Education has never been so available, so free. The internet allows us to pursue our curiosity with an infinitude of resources. It also allows us to spread and share our discoveries, theories and ideas. Opening the space for discussion, collaboration and advancing us as a species.
We live in an amazing time for realising human potential.
You are the new philosophers, the change drivers, the discoverers, the scientists, researchers, artists, influencers. Humans have this incredible ability to love, to feel compassion and empathy and, never forget the power of imagination!
There is an vast ocean of possibilities and you are a new wave.
Kindness is always possible.
Definition of Kindness
According to the Oxford Dictionary is - The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
What is kindness to you? Is it something we are born with or is it learned?
Here is what we think.
Being able to connect to one another, to learn to understand and always treat others with kindness and respect, connects us on a deeper level. A world based on compassion not cruelty and empathy not apathy, to us, is a world we’d like to see.
Kindness is being able to see the beauty in yourself, the beauty in others and the beauty in the world around you.
Kindness is free yet it’s effects are priceless, these effects can be felt for generations to come.
Not ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES
You don’t need super powers to save the planet
There is only one you and each of us has something that we can share with the world. Perhaps ask yourself what do you have that the world needs?
We can fail at the things that we don’t want, we might as well take a chance on doing what we love. Never let fear turn you against your playful heart.
Let us take a look at some ordinary humans who are doing remarkable things, because, we don’t need super powers to make a difference.
Lisa is courageous and inspirational. In 2011, when working with Whales and Dolphins in Port Stephens a Great White shark changed the direction of Lisa’s life forever.
Lisa is a survivor of a Shark attack, but this is not her.
Lisa is a fighter, a fighter for all life on Earth, she is an artist, a singer, a writer and an entrepreneur. To pull light from a dark situation, and change it into something life giving, to us, makes Lisa the very definition of remarkable.
Lisa is an advocate for sharks. Using inspirational speaking, she is educating others on their importance in the ocean and fighting for their protection. Lisa and her Husband Shane are currently working tirelessly to open Ride Water Park in Port Stephens. Ride is a completely environmentally friendly park where people can come an enjoy the best man made waves in the world.
Madison Stewart is a phenomenal young lady from the Gold Coast who, has dedicated her life to protecting sharks. Madi has produced some amazing short videos and documentaries that raise awareness around the importance of sharks and the current threats to their existence. She has written comprehensive guides to safer surfing, exposed Mercury in shark meat and replaced shark fishing with tourism.
Madis current project : Project Hui
In 2018, a small team lead by Madi travelled to one of Indonesia’s largest shark fisheries with one intention, to befriend a shark fisherman. In a world where shark stocks are collapsing, where shark fishermen fish for survival. There is one trade, that can rival the multi million-dollar shark trade. One trade that can save sharks and people, a trade that thrives on something that wont go extinct, tourism.
Valerie Jane Morris-Goodall was born on the 3rd of April 1934. Jane is an English primatologist and anthropologist. Jane has dedicated her life to understanding and protecting Chimpanzees, and is considered to be the world's foremost expert on them. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and is an incredibly humble, kind human.
The Truth is we don’t need super powers to save the planet.
It’s the little choices we make every day that make a difference.
Other Totally Rad homo Sapiens
There are some gosh darn incredible homo sapiens on this planet. People who use the skills that they have to fight for the things they love. Here are a few that inspire us.
JUSTIN TIERNEY - ELASMO
JAKE PARKER - JACK PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY
DOMINIC MAY - COASTXP
ASHLEIGH AVCI - SHARK CONSERVATION AUSTRALIA
WALT DISNEY - DISNEY
J.K. ROWLING - HARRY POTTER
Create your own List
Remember no one is you.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
In 2015, representatives from every country on Earth agreed to 17 goals to end poverty, fight inequality and live sustainability.
They are called the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (or the SDGs).
These goals address problems that every child, adult, school, business and government can work towards solving. We will refer to these goals a lot through this course and they are something we really do encourage you to look into and support.
Regarding the SDG’s do you think that they are interconnected?
Could we address Quality education without also addressing Gender Equality?
Use what you have to alter the world around you.
There is 7.7 billion people on Earth, but there is only 1 you.
You DON’T need super powers to save the planet. The little choices that we make every single day really do have such a large impact.
Whether you choose to live plastic free, go vegetarian or vegan, start an eco business, study law, environmental science, graphic design, pick up litter everywhere you go. Big or small, you are enough. Follow your curiosity, embrace your imagination, love you for all that you are.
Fear, yes well, fear is always going to be player in your life, but YOU get to decide how much. That voice that tells you that you are not enough, that you can always do/be better, that is ego. How absurd that ego should temp us with something we already posses.
We can fail at the things that we don’t love so we might as well take a chance on the things we do. Use what YOU have to alter the world around you. Be kind, have courage and choose love over fear. The effect we have on others is the most valuable currency there is.
Never forget that you are enough.