Name: Ashley Fletcher
Pursuit: Environmental Protection
My name is Ashley Fletcher I am a committed environmentalist who wants to protect the fragile ecosystems of the world. I whole heartedly believe I can be the change I want to see in the world. My dream is two-fold: to protect the fragile Eco-systems of the world and to participate in 2014 Antarctic Youth Ambassadors Program. I was accepted into the 2014 Antarctic Youth Ambassadors Program in September 2012. Since then I have working and fundraising to raise the $20,000 needed to go to Antarctica. The Aim for the Stars grant will go a long way towards participating in this amazing opportunity. I want to change the way people see the environment around them and in doing so begin to change their habits in order to protect the planet.
When did you start?
I was accepted into the 2041 Antarctic Youth Ambassadors Program in September 2012. Since then I have working and fundraising to raise the $20,000 needed to go to Antarctica.
Career highlight or biggest achievement?
There are two: 1 completing a 15,000 thesis on the problems of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and investigating potential solutions to move towards a post Kyoto treaty. 2. Being chosen as 1 of only 30 people worldwide to participate in 2014.
What is your dream?
To change the way people see the environment around them and in doing so begin to change their habits in order to protect the planet.
Who or what have inspired you?
Who's your hero?
Fridtjof Nansen who started his life as an Arctic explorer and zoologist and oceanographer who went on won the Nobel peace prize in 1922 for his contributions to The League of Nations and The High Commission for Refugees. I feel I am moving in the opposite direction starting in international politics and gaining a thirst for knowledge about the Polar Regions and their unique ecosystems.
Any other special talents?
I can make my own clothing and made over 150 stuffed toy whales to sell at markets in order to raise money for my trip!
Anything by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, Lorde, Boy and Bear and Of Monsters and Men.
The Ecology of Wisdom By Arne Næss.
Favourite TV Show?
Game of Thrones, but also the books as well
Cheese and Bread, especially French and Italian I could live for just the two for the rest of my life!
How the grant will help you/how will you use the money?
I will be able to pay for this amazing opportunity and continue my environmental journey towards protecting the world.
Last words: Quote or Motto you live by?
"The smaller we come to feel ourselves compared to the mountain, the nearer we come too participating in its greatness" Arne Næss. Although I like to think of this quote in terms of nature itself not just mountains :)