Youth eco-warriors take centre stage at Spark Talks

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Use your voice and use your power to restore the earth.

This was the message when Spark Talks was filmed at Atlantic Film Studios in Cape Town on 17 July. On stage, youth eco-warriors addressed their peers and shared their inspiring conservation lessons and stories.

Mia Yvonne Jooste from Water is Life, Zoë Prinsloo from Save a Fishie, Sarah Farrell from Sustainable Sarah and Ruby Sampson, Alex Koopman and Cassidy Iackay from the African Climate Alliance were on stage. They were joined by pupils from Bloubergrant High, Sinenjongo High, Simunye High, Generation Schools and Sophakama Primary and Hoërskool DF Malan in the audience.


The event was facilitated by video editor and actress Nomfundo Lucia Masango and supported by The Cape Town Science Centre, The Beach Co-op, the Two Oceans Aquarium, Shop Zero South Africa, Struik Nature and City of Cape Town Junior City Council.


A challenge was also put to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to take leadership on the climate crisis.


“We need dynamic leadership to take decisive action,”  Alex, Ruby and Cassidy said.


LCA Spark Talks regularly host conservationists and environmentalists in front of a live studio. The July 16 event was by the youth, for the youth to give a voice to the future of our planet and those young warriors fighting for it.


“We must get the future generation to talk to us. We have to listen to the future – the youth’s voices are the voices that are going to count,” said Chris Marais, CEO of the Leadership for Conservation in Africa.


Ruby Sampson, Alex Koopman and Cassidy Iackay from the African Climate Alliance

Three youth speakers from the African Climate Alliance put a challenge to Ramaphosa to be the leader the youth, and the planet, needs him to be.

Sarah Farrell from Sustainable Sarah 

Writer, environmental communicator, entrepreneur and climate justice activist Sarah Farrell believes in in using creativity consciously. She creates content to instil positive change and work with individuals and businesses who are or would like to become more sustainable. Sarah is the creative director and founder of transparenCI and the cofounder and creative director of Easy Eco.

Zoë Prinsloo from Save a Fishie

High school student and self-proclaimed environmental activist Zoë Prinsloo the youngest distributor of eco-friendly products in South Africa. Her interest in straws started nearly 2 years ago when she started doing regular beach cleanups. When she saw the video of the turtle with a straw deeply embedded in his nose she vowed never to use another plastic straw again and campaign for South Africans to do the same and save a fishie!

Mia Yvonne Jooste and Nomfundo Lucia Masango from Water is Life 

Nomfundo Lucia Masango is a video editor and actress currently based in Cape Town, South Africa. She graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons) where she majored in digital media. She has a passion for the entertainment industry and storytelling as well as working with the youth. Her most recent project as a director on a documentary called “Water Is Life” sparked her interests in nature conservation and she hopes to get involved in more media projects that focus on bringing awareness to the climate crisis. Ten-year-old Mia was on stage to speak about Water is Life and share some lessons on water conservation. Mia is a pupil at Redham House Durbanville and took part in the Water is Life documentary.

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