Billie Tristram

Student, Townsville, QLD

Published 5th October 2021

I'm 15 years old ... I’m a year 10 student. I want to travel, I want to swim on the coral reefs like my Dad did.

My dream is to go to Antarctica ... it's such a mysterious and magical place. That dream is, year-by-year, harder to reach.

It's very overwhelming to see where climate change is taking us. In Townsville, where I live, we're seeing the effects already. And globally, we’re all seeing the effects. It's a crisis and it looks scary.

It’s really disappointing as well because we know there are solutions, we know the science and yet nothing is being done about it … we choose to turn away from it. And I don’t get that.

"Climate action is understanding that no matter if you're nine years old or 60 years old, you can always make a difference."

Billie Tristram

Student, Townsville, QLD

I think that it’s an ego over eco mentality which is really dangerous because at the end of the day our politicians won’t be there to see what we’re going to see.

Our governments, our leaders … we should be able to look up to them and at the moment that’s not happening because of inaction. As a child, it's hard to have that weight on you to try and change the world. Our leaders should be doing that.

Climate action is a way in which we can all come together and work on a solution together. Change needs to happen from the roots up and if we can all unite and create climate action, the world would be in such a better place.

You're capable of anything that you put your mind to. You just need to feel that passion inside of you.

At the end of the day, I am just a child. But I am so grateful I can be part of the movement and help inspire people. Or at least I hope I can inspire people.

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