Climate change in the Pacific has been well documented in Western media, but what frustrates me is that the sinking of Pacific islands below rising tides is too often portrayed as predetermined, rather than something can be prevented. The world has never seen changes in climate patterns such as what we are beginning to experience, and the future outcomes for nations cannot be foretold.
Freedom. A theme which would pop up constantly throughout the week while we were meeting with think tanks and visited panel discussions in preparation for the IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings. How is the freedom of sovereign nations maintained when they deal with the World Bank and the IMF?
What is 'passion'? I define it as “a strong fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything which compels a person to act". There are pros and cons to following our passions. True passion can be far reaching and impact lives beyond our own. Whether that outcome is good, well that's a matter of perspective.
Like Libby, I also saw the application for the AYLI World Bank and IMF meetings a day before the deadline. I had already set off on my travels en route to DC for my university exchange. But eager to make the most of my time in the United States and form as many connections as possible, I started on my application in a busy, noisy dorm room in Montréal.
“Ko te manu kai miro, noona te ngaahere. Ko te manu kai Maatauranga, noona te Ao”
“The bird that seeks the miro berry, the forest is his. For the bird that seeks knowledge, the world is his”
What have I signed up for? That’s what I have been asking myself since I found out that I was one of eight amazing AYLI delegates heading to the Annual Meetings of the World Bank & IMF in Washington D.C.!
When mentally preparing for what I’ve been told is an experience that “will change my life forever” the internet just does not cut it.
"The improvement of understanding is for two ends: first, our own increase of knowledge; secondly, to enable us to deliver that knowledge to others" - John Locke. In 3 days I'll be heading to the World Bank/IMF Annual Meetings. I know the learning curve will be steep but that's what makes it so exciting!!