Meet the world's first underwater climate strike activist!

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Shaama Sandooyea is a Mauritian marine biologist and climate activist who held the world’s first ever underwater climate strike in the Indian Ocean. Shaama held up signs saying: “Youth Strike for Climate” and “Nou Reklam Lazistis Klimatik” (Mauritian creole for “We Demand Climate Justice”), and these gained a lot of publicity. Learn more about her protest here.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a question for Shaama. You can watch her answers below.

Tell us the most important thing you learnt from Shaama's answers in the comments, and you can also add another question for when Shaama joins us on the Student Hub.

We'll let Shaama introduce herself...


How can we expand children's imagination about the ocean, so they feel more motivated to protect it?
healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory


How can we change adults' perspectives and make them truly understand the need to speak up?
bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh

It's very difficult for adults to question their beliefs and question themselves. What we can do is to show them a bit about how their consumption of plastic is a lot for one person...this starts at home, with families and at school

Shaama Sandooyea on educating adults


What are the difficulties you had to face in the protest? And what are the outcomes that you loved the most?
cherished_moon | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh


What is your experience as both an activist and a marine biologist from an island nation?
splendid_power | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh

It's really frustrating because I want change so bad and to see my island good again...but we are really scared of what will happen. We are getting droughts during summer and flash floods during winter. I don't want my people not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow

Shaama Sandooyea on her island nation of Mauritius


In your journey to your underwater climate strike, is there any role of sports to motivate you? (Shaama played Badminton for her country!)
intellectual_glockenspiel | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh


Bonus question: How important is to work together with others on climate action?
Tom @ Topical Talk


Thank you again to Shaama for her fantastic answers.

  • What's the most important thing you've learnt from her answers?
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Comments (103)

  • British Council.jpg trustworthy_orangutan | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    Im very inspired by her initiative regarding climate change. She is an inspiration for the the young generation who are afraid to raise a voice but are really concerned about climate change .The question I have in my mind is , being a female and from a different race, what problems or barriers did you face in your journey, was there any bad experience you would like to share?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      trustworthy_orangutan's comment 30 Sep 2021

      Great question, trustworthy_orangutan!

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      trustworthy_orangutan's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Hi @trustworthy_orangutan, thank you so much for your kind words. The barriers I face are more subtile than striking. There are many men (mostly men) within the climate-related and ocean-related discussions in Mauritius (and I think it is the same almost everywhere in the Global South), so it's harder to be heard because they are "the experts". I was sometimes harassed by the local authorities because I am a young woman, they would try to intimidate me but thankfully I know my rights as a citizen. The subtile barriers are also about the privileges I do not have as a brown female (heritage, class, nationality), but it is okay - I consider myself still more privileged than many people.

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      1. British Council.jpg trustworthy_orangutan | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Shaama Sandooyea's comment 22 Oct 2021

        I'M DELIGHTED TO HEAR FROM YOU AND ITS SADDENING THAT I CAN ALSO RELATE TO YOU AS A BROWN FEMALE WHERE THE MALE ARE BOUND TO PLAY THE DOMINANT ROLE IN THE SOCIETY.BUT I REALLY HOPE ,MORE VOICES LIKE YOU ARISE ,SO THAT IT CAN CHANGE THEIR MODE OF OUTLOOK AND THEY TREAT US EQUALLY IRRESPECTIVE OF RACE AND GENDER.

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          trustworthy_orangutan's comment 22 Oct 2021

          Thanks for sharing, trustworthy_orangutan. Next time please remember not to type in capital letters if you can!

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            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 23 Oct 2021

            Thank you for your observation .I will try my best to keep it in my mind.

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  • British Council.jpg cherished_moon | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    Thanks a lot for answering my question, Shaama sandooyea. After listening to your answer, I am so wishing that one day I can also be A PART OF THE OCEAN just like you. And it feels great to hear that OUR GENERATION is more aware about Ecosystem. I sincerely hope that one day we will able to save OUR MOTHER EARTH AND OCEAN.

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      cherished_moon's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and motivation @cherished_moon ! You are already part of the ocean and of this big fight to protect life on the planet :) In case you want some good reads, you can look for Rachel Carson's books (The Sea Around Us, The Edge of the Sea, and others).

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      1. British Council.jpg cherished_moon | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
        Shaama Sandooyea's comment 21 Oct 2021

        Thank you so much for the suggestions. :)

        It was really great to know about you and your wonderful journey.

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  • British Council.jpg ingenious_antelope | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    I am really exhilarated having her words. The most important that I have learnt from her words is to never give up. I liked her thoughts about climate change. She possesses a strong fighting spirit. She is a great encouragement for the female nation to come forward and save the climate. We must change our mindset to think differently considering different perspectives. I would like to ask her what and who was your inspiration to come in this sector and work for climate change as an activist and a marine biologist?

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      ingenious_antelope's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Thank you for your warm words @ingenious_antelope :) I wanted to become a marine biologist because I love the creatures of the sea, they have charmed and inspired me ! I feel alive when I'm in the ocean and at peace when I observe the animals and plants interacting with the environment surrounding them. It's like a whole different universe because the animals and plants have adapted to the marine environment and work in a very special way. But I became a climate activist because I was (and still am) angry at the world leaders, corporates and governments for not doing anything about the climate and ecological crises. I was (still am) furious at their indifference towards life. Being an activist is not a job, it is my responsibility as a citizen and duty as someone who works in that field.

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  • British Council.jpg freespirited_armadillo | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    Her answers encouraged me to move forward and work for the climate changes happening. We all should have the courage to save our mother earth from extinction. If we love our earth its our duty to conserve it from the horrible effects of climate change. My question is what made you curious about choosing your profession as a climate activist?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      freespirited_armadillo's comment 30 Sep 2021

      Brilliant question!

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        1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
          loyal_fox's comment 04 Oct 2021

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      freespirited_armadillo's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Hi @freespirited_armadillo, thank you for your dedication ! Being a climate activist is not a profession, it's a responsibility mostly. I was not really inspired to become a climate activist, I was (still am) just furious against world leaders, corporates, and governments for not doing anything to tackle the climate and ecological crises. Environmental problems drive and are the results of social injustice, where the environment suffers, people will suffer. Their indifference towards these crises mean an indifference towards life itself, not just marine life, but human lives too.

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  • British Council.jpg bright_grape | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    30 Sep 2021

    The answers were really well structured and it motivated me to help my society to be aware and take new initiatives to enhance the condition and reduce climate change. Mother earth is not showing it's wrath right now, but when it will start to show it, we will be in a really worse condition. My question is did you ever face bullying for trying to make a change, did people push you away, did you ever feel lonely and how did you overcome those and did you ever break down an felt like crying for trying to make a change and being unique?

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      bright_grape's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Hey bright_grape, thank you so much for your energy and determination. You are right, the consequences of the climate and ecological crises will worsen with time. I did face bullying, sometimes people would just make fun of me and tell me what I am doing is useless and protesting will not do anything, I did feel lonely and lost sometimes, cried so many times, but I did have my loved ones supporting me and that helped me so much. Talking to other activists also helped me, because they have been there before and they advised me. You also realise in that moment that the system wants you to think that nothing can be changed (which is why these people say nothing will change), but society has progressed through protests and ideas, and I cannot accept not doing anything about such crucial issues. Much later, I realised that activism has an impact on an individual's mental health, so it is important to take care of oneself.

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  • British Council.jpg pioneering_wilddog | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    It is a great idea, but I have a simple question at the beginning of any project. There must be people who do not see the project in terms of value. They look at it from one side, even if its positives are more than its negatives. Did you encounter such people at the beginning of your distinguished project?! And do you think Was their opinion correct or vice versa?

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      pioneering_wilddog's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Hi @pioneering_wilddog, thank you for your comment. I encountered many people who had really different opinions about my work and still encounter them. I cannot say if they are correct or not, because opinions are not factual, they are usually formed based on someone's experiences and knowledge, so it's normal to have billions of opinions in such a complex world. I hope I answered your question :)

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  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    You are such an inspiration .i really think that we all should do the same , to fight for our mother earth .my question for her is .Are you satisfied of what you have achieved untill now ?

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      bright_conversation's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Thank you @bright_conversation for your gentle words. No, I am not satisfied with the outcomes of my work because I still do not see the change that is necessary for climate justice and to tackle the ecological crisis.

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  • British Council.jpg bright_conversation | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Sep 2021

    I know that solving the problem of climate changing is not an easy task .what do you think we should do to keep fighting for this issue.and not to quit at the first obstacle?

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      bright_conversation's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Hey @bright_conversation, it is definitely not an easy task ! Always remember that you are not alone in this fight, obstacles are part of this fight, but they are actually blessings in disguise because you can learn from them and they make you stronger, wiser and a really good fighter :)

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  • British Council.jpg warm_butterfly | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X) G-11/1 | Pakistan
    30 Sep 2021

    Her journey and struggle inspired me
    And i am being so amazed by her thinking and answering..
    But I also have a question that as a girl From different creed exactly
    How might it had been difficult for u to be here successfully???

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      warm_butterfly's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Thank you @warm_butterfly for your kind comments. The difficulties vary from the local authorities, to the male-dominated conversations around the climate crisis, to the privileges I do not have because of where I come from (it's difficult to be heard when you come from a small island).

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  • British Council.jpg warm_butterfly | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X) G-11/1 | Pakistan
    30 Sep 2021

    And i am also proud of your courage i am so inspired that i wanna move forward the save our homeland earth and it is ou priority to save it. So we should all take this problem as our own personal problem and try to a
    Solve it and free our land from these crises with our full strength and zeal

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      warm_butterfly's comment 19 Oct 2021

      You are absolutely right ! Thank you for your energy :)

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  • British Council.jpg curious_owl | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    01 Oct 2021

    Thankyou Shaama Sandooyea for such a nice interview where the young generation is being inspired from you. Your answers were really brilliant which attracted me from the core of heart. I think your brave and strong determination are adequate to strengthen the way of thinking of women. You are not only the inspiration for young generation but also a great source of encouragement and motivation for those women who whole-heartedly want to do adventure like you.

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      curious_owl's comment 20 Oct 2021

      Thank you so much for your lovely comments @curious_owl :)

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  • British Council.jpg reserved_moment | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    01 Oct 2021

    I am really inspired by your activities. Thank you so much for your speech. You are a great inspiration for not only our young generation but also all the people who are really concerned about our climate change. Everybody can be a concious person but all people can't be courageous.

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      reserved_moment's comment 20 Oct 2021

      Thank you very much for your kind words @reserved_moment's, to be conscious is more important than to be courageous ! :)

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Oct 2021

    Your answer was really great and compelling, but I would like to ask you how do you think child-rearing institutions will help in strengthening children's contact with the ocean or the sea?

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      healthy_antelope's comment 21 Oct 2021

      Hey @healthy_antelope, thank you so much for your comment. Children have a superpower -- they can absorb information around them and do whatever they want with it :) There are interesting tools that exist such as real-life experiences, researching on a particular subject and presenting on it, creating a story about the ocean.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Oct 2021

    Thank you for your answer, since you lived on an island and communicated with the ocean and realized its beauty, which strengthened in your heart the desire to protect it , in your opinion, why do not many of us, children of the cities and countries that lie on the coasts, realize,the world within the oceans and the sea that will strengthen in our hearts the desire to protect it,although we have seen the sea and the ocean a lot?

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      healthy_antelope's comment 21 Oct 2021

      I think the difference is that maybe I spent more time in the ocean and felt a connection to marine life, by observing the similarities between the animals living in the sea and those living on land and even us, because we are animals ! I think the realisation of all that made me feel very small and a part of the ocean :)

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  • British Council.jpg super_flight | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    02 Oct 2021

    You're really a great inspiration for everyone especially for women who're pushed back in our society. The male dominating society usually place obstacles in the way of progress of women , i want to ask you what sort of problems have you faced in you're journey?

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      super_flight's comment 21 Oct 2021

      Hey @super_flight, thank you for your kind words and you are right, we are living in a male-dominated society. The problems that I faced as an activist varied a lot, if I would protest alone the policemen would try to intimidate me, I had a male lecturer at uni who said I should remain quiet, not voice out and "be a good girl", it's also hard to get a space to voice out about the climate crisis because it is an area which is dominated by men, sometimes I also did not feel really safe as a woman to protest, sometimes men would try really hard to tell me how to protest and explain to me why my actions are useless, etc.

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  • British Council.jpg healthy_antelope | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    02 Oct 2021

    I'm really proud that you chose your passion to work for, so I'd like to ask you a question that's on my mind, How do you think technology has been a double-edged sword on the ocean?

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      healthy_antelope's comment 21 Oct 2021

      Thank you @healthy_antelope :) Technology can help remove plastic from the ocean (some devices can do that), can help track illegal fisheries activities (using satellite data etc.), can help understand fish stocks and whale and sea turtle populations (using GPS tags and satellite data), can help us understand marine ecosystems (we can monitor the temperature, the corals,), etc., but technology has also contributed to destruction of marine environment for example gas exploration and oil extraction, deep-sea mining, intensive industrial fisheries (use of technology to identify productive areas where fish are).

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  • British Council.jpg victorious_contribution | Rangpur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    03 Oct 2021

    Hello Shaama Sandooyea, your story is very much inspiring and the initiatives seemed very much creative to me. I have two questions for you in mind, firstly I want to ask what would be your call or words to many young people who are stil unaware of the atrocities of climate change, which you are practicaly seeing but they are not- to inspire them to do something like you? Also secondly, I'm curious to know about your future expectations regarding your activities and the help you hope from the people of the world. Thanks in advance!

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      victorious_contribution's comment 04 Oct 2021

      Superb question!

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      victorious_contribution's comment 21 Oct 2021

      Hi @victorious_contribution, thank you for your lovely comment :)
      Someone once said "the world as we know it today will never be the same again", and by that, he meant we will not see the same ecosystems again, biodiversity is declining at an alarming rate and species we see today won't be here tomorrow, we will see more natural catastrophes caused by the climate crisis, and that will be the new normal. But this should never be normal, and this is the future of the new generations and it is happening because of some people only. Basically these people today are making the wrong calls for tomorrow and the future generations will suffer from it.
      It is very difficult to have expectations, I can only hope that my actions will trigger something, no matter how little it is.
      What could be interesting though, is that the people start making the change and demand the change within their community, in their village, in their cities, while we keep the pressure on corporates and governments. The change we need is going to take time, which we do not have but it's a complex world.

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  • British Council.jpg free_river | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    03 Oct 2021

    From your answer i learned that how we can inform children about climate change and it's impact on them. And i got to know that how they can stand against the climate change and raise their voice. However, how can I make children acknowledged along with their parents who come from lesser educated societies unaware about climate change and what measures should I take. Being a climate activist what is you opinion how should i deal this matter??

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      free_river's comment 04 Oct 2021

      Excellent question, free_river!

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      free_river's comment 21 Oct 2021

      That is a good question thank you @free_river. People all around the world, no matter how "educated" their society is, are feeling the impacts of the climate crisis and will feel the consequences. Of course, it is not the same everywhere. My advice would be to talk to them, have a casual conversation about their routines, their problems, perhaps also talk about problems within their community. Climate crisis is a global picture, but the consequences are in forms of heat waves, long dry seasons, intense flash floods, locust, not enough fresh water, etc. Basically, you can try to connect the dots --> what they are living and witnessing within their society and the climate crisis. In order to touch people, "educated" or "non-educated", the simplest language is required. If possible, in their native tongue, using simple words.

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  • British Council.jpg forceful_snake | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    03 Oct 2021

    Climate change has been the hot potato since the last century. While some people are concerned regarding how the earth is slowly becoming hostile to life there are people who constantly disagree. How do you think this initiative of yours is going to make them convinced? Even if they are convinced, do you believe we can save the earth?

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  • British Council.jpg beloved_butterfly | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    03 Oct 2021

    Her words encouraged me when in the future, I want to be like her as a climate activist and move forward in the field of climate change, we must be smart in order to save the world from being wiped off the face of the earth and to know more climate information in which my question is what drew you to this Occupation Is it also entertaining

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  • British Council.jpg loyal_fox | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    03 Oct 2021

    I wanna move forward to save our homeland earth and it is our priority to save it. I'm very inspired by her initiative regarding climate change. She is an inspiration for the young people or generation. They are afraid to raise a voice but are very concerned about climate change. In my mind the question is what made you curious about choosing your profession as a climate activist.?

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  • British Council.jpg warmhearted_radio | Islamabad Model School for Girls (VI-X), I-10/4 | Pakistan
    03 Oct 2021

    She is a very brave women. She is the one role model for women's. Her answers help us to found solutions to protect our mother earth 🌎 from climate change. Which is continuously effecting our earth. If we love our earth 🌎 it is our responsibility to protect our earth 🌎. To reduce global warming we should protect Ozone layer.
    My question is that what made you to choose your profession as a climate activist???

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  • British Council.jpg wonderful_banjo | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    04 Oct 2021

    It's fascinating how her eyes sparkle when she talks about the her love towards the ocean and i believe what makes her different is that she followed her passion and did something to make a change around her and also to the environment.This is what most of us don't realize that the beautiful nature ,that we see around and share an attachment would not be the same if we don't realize our duties to save it.The question that i had in mind for her was "Surely the path you walked through was not an easy one,wasn't there a time it hit your head that maybe the role of a mere individual wouldn't matter much in the long run and everything will be the same again?It's obvious you overcame the thought ,so just wanted to know your motivation behind it."

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  • British Council.jpg grounded_chameleon | Rangpur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    04 Oct 2021

    I am so much inspired by your spirit Ms. Shaama . I bet it inspired a lot of people like me who will now want to make the world a better place. I have a small query which is, how can we the children contribute in this noble task of bringing Climate justice?

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  • British Council.jpg protective_memory | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    05 Oct 2021

    Truly Shaama Sandooyea, I experienced a lot from those questions and it was amazing. My question for you is what type of measures can we take against those people in the society who are actually harming the nature and also a quick word as violence is not the key and forcing a person only makes it worse so what can we do about this??

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  • British Council.jpg versatile_satsuma | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    Sama Sanduya's story is indeed an inspiring story because she pursued her dream even though she is female and imprinted her passion. Indeed, I loved what she did and that she gave me support to achieve my goal, but there is a question in my mind which is: When Have you started your journey to be a marine biologist, have you drawn a plan to get you where you are now?! Have you decided to withdraw at some stations and problems?!

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  • British Council.jpg free_planet | Jabalia Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    06 Oct 2021

    She inspired me,thought me and encouraged me to answer her and to continue her work and initiative on climate change but there is a question in my how do we make people in our society like children get to know them a long with their parents less educated society ??

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  • British Council.jpg successful_violin | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    09 Oct 2021

    Your talks and works really inspired me a lot to make a change in myself like to be more careful in reducing carbon emission. But you said that it's difficult to change the perspective of some people but what do you think- which element is a factor to make a change in the mind of the people? Because it's high time to change the perspectives of them and if we don't change our way of seeing the problems and solving them then very soon there will be no solution. So how can we make a change in the mind of the people to think differently about water bodies?

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  • British Council.jpg broadminded_independence | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama, thank you for all the answers to our questions and we are truly grateful that you joined us. The most important thing I learned from the responses is that you faced various difficulties during the protest, but you did not stop. Rather, you said, "If we don't fight for it in the Indian Ocean, who will fight for us?" which reflects your concern to save the oceans and solve the climate crisis. It really takes a lot of effort and courage to be the first at anything. And when you started protesting it was a bit strange because no one has ever protested against climate change underwater. You were in the middle of nowhere and in a place which hasn't been really chartered, but as you started protesting it all made sense. My question is, what were your feelings when you took the first step regarding the underwater protest? What would you say to other young people like us who want to become climate activists but don't know how or where to start?

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  • British Council.jpg broadminded_independence | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    13 Oct 2021

    Hello there Shaama Sandooyea, we are very much honored to find you amongst as you were the first to hold an underwater strike for the climate. Last year in August there was an oil spill off the coast of Mauritius. What were your feelings at the time? What were the consequences of the oil spill for Mauritius and what is the situation now?

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  • British Council.jpg adaptable_memory | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    14 Oct 2021

    Hello, Shaama. I'm really very glad to have the opportunity to interact with such a great and inspiring personnel as you. You inspire me in many ways. Your willpower, your encouraging story and everything inspires me. And the most inspiring one is your tolerance and unbreakable strength to move forward avoiding every possible challenge there might be. Being a women, starting an unprecedented protest which inspired hundreds of people including me to move forward and protest against what's wrong and all are wholesome. But all these things needs extreme hard-work and INSPIRATIONS itself. So a valuable question for me, from me to you is,

    WHAT OR WHO WAS YOUR INSPIRATION TO MOVE FORWARD AND TAKE SUCH A BIG LEAP AND AVOID SUCH DIFFICULT SITUATIONS WHICH CAME FORTH YOU DURING THE UNPRECEDENTED MOVE?

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  • British Council.jpg free_river | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    15 Oct 2021

    From your answer I learned about the fear today's childrens are going through that is how we can question our elders when they have so much experience and confidence on it .You just showed a great way how we can motivate them or what examples we can show them and finally we can make a change in the environment.
    As you are an climate activist I would like to ask you Though we can make our parents understand about climate change, many of the parents are not willing to leave their childrens for becoming a climate activist as it is a matter of risk and sometimes political issues can come over . So what would you do in this matter??

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  • British Council.jpg majestic_moon | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Oct 2021

    Hello Shama, thank you for answering our comment. I benefited from your answer a lot. You encouraged me to have a voice in the community and not to be afraid and hesitate to speak my voice. You taught us to face every difficult challenge we go through and to strive and work on this challenge until we succeed as you did and you encouraged me to move on In the climate crisis and finding solutions to it and helping the world to get rid of this crisis and you also taught me not to wait for someone to take the initiative to solve our problems and we must solve them ourselves without anyone's help. My question is how can we convince the world or people who do not believe in the climate crisis? Since you had such a beautiful experience, I would like to ask you, how did you capture and inspire people's minds with the issue of climate change?

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  • British Council.jpg open_fact | Rafah Prep (B) Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Oct 2021

    I have listened to shaama sondoyea.
    Her idea caught me and really made me agree to think about whether there are changes in climate on Earth and how there are also climate changes in the water. That's awesome right! I think the topic that should be talked about more by world leaders at the Climate Summit is not how to fix it after you screw it up! We have to fix it now!

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  • British Council.jpg compassionate_river | Mymensingh Girls Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama,
    Your answers and opinions were truly encouraging and the best point to me was your optimism for bringing a change and being the one to become the initiator.
    The ways you described to change the perspectives of adults by beginning it from our family being a positive example at first- was really practical, inspiring and full of possibility. The steps to grow a sense of taking action working unitedly among children show beams of possibility.
    Thank you so much for sharing these amazing experience and ideas containing zeal for the youth of the world.

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  • British Council.jpg compelling_land | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama, thank you for all the answers to our questions and we are truly grateful that you joined us. The most important thing I learned from your responses is, it'll take the collective initiatives and determination of every person of the world to put a stop to the increase of climate change. In doing so, it'll take a lot of perseverance and determination, to come by every obstacle in the way. My question for you is, what do you think is the most important when it comes to putting a stop to climate change and pollutions? How should the young generation take their first step in working for decreasing the rate of climate change?

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  • British Council.jpg gutsy_musician | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    16 Oct 2021

    Hello shamma, your answers were so much stimulating and motivative . The most important thing I have learnt from you that we have to start our activities to protect the climate change from our personal sides at first, also from our family also at our school . And I would like to know that as you have to work with a lot of people from different part of the earth . Do they all able to get your advices easily ? Or, what sort of problems have you face while teaching them?

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  • British Council.jpg openminded_mulberry | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria
    16 Oct 2021

    I learnt how we can try and inspire children to make a difference dew to climate change . My question is, how do we plan on inspiring people from less privileged places like some African countries. and theas locals or less privileged people how do we educate them to under stand that climate change is real and unless they are open minded we can not make that change we need to save the Earth . how can we achieve this ?

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  • British Council.jpg openhearted_opportunity | Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    16 Oct 2021

    One of the most beautiful things is to listen to skilled people who we benefit from their experiences, so I listened to Shaama Sandooyea. I liked her initiatives, and the most important thing she said about the initiatives when she urged young people to raise their voices to know the reality of climate risks. This is great when she spreads awareness .
    I think that wise people, presidents and international organizations should listen to the messages of those people, because in such a case they gain ambitious experiences that they can apply on the ground and they just need to someone who really cares and understand completely the legal ways to do so as they can facilitate any obstacles.

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  • British Council.jpg selfassured_mode | Joypurhat Girls' Cadet College | Bangladesh
    17 Oct 2021

    We all know that there were a lots of barriers in your way to become a climate activist; as most of the societies does not give enough importance in this regard , but you still made it even being a female which is really inspiring for young peoples like us. I would like to ask what did your society and surrounding people think about becoming a climate activist, If they did not take it as a good idea, why did you think that was a good choice living in the same social environment as them; and how did you manage to reach this position without their support?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      selfassured_mode's comment 18 Oct 2021

      Excellent question, selfassured_mode!

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  • British Council.jpg warmhearted_ocean | Rafah Prep (B) Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Oct 2021

    Hi Shama Sandwih, you are a role model for all of us. I really enjoyed your initiative. Your story is very inspiring and the initiatives seemed very creative to me. I have two questions on your mind, first I want to ask what are your words to the many young people still unaware of the horrors of climate change, that you see in practice but don't - to inspire them to do something like you too? I am curious to know your future expectations regarding your activities and the help you hope from people in the world to know the importance of climate change on their lives??

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  • British Council.jpg objective_tennis | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    18 Oct 2021

    Hi Shama, thank you for being an inspiration for us. I have proved that you can easily care and fight for the environment. Your race, color and gender can never be a barrier to the way of being connected to our mother earth. At the same time, you were not scared to take the first step. You just did whatever you thought was important to save the mother earth and it eventually got the support from others later. My question to you is as you said no one was really that much concerned about the nature when you started your journey. But eventually you got some people united later on to support you in the journey. What was that very thing that helped you to unite so many people to protect our nature, to protect our earth?

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  • British Council.jpg objective_tennis | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    18 Oct 2021

    Thank you Shama for sharing your experience, your work and answering all our questions with such patience. My question to you is that, you studied on marine science. So did your sector of studies make you so much concern towards the environment? Do you think anyone studying on completely different subject have the same impact to save the environment as you?

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  • British Council.jpg valuable_tennis | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    18 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama, really you are a source of inspiration for the young generation of the today's world, specially for those who are only thinking about to take steps to save the planet but afraid of moving forward maybe because of their colour, race or any other situation. Really you are the inspiration for those people who are just think that nobody will give any priority to them, you have really shown that nothing is can be a barrier if you are brave enough and if you really want to do something.Really i am very greatful to you because I am also one of them who just think and afraid before taking any steps, but your story really inspired me that nothing can be a obstacle when I am self confident enough.Not only this but alsoyour story will teach everyone to increase the thinking capability. Lastly I wanna say that surely your story will make anyone strong enough. And I also hope that many youngers like us will come forward to save our mother planet forgetting their race,cast and colour.

    I have a question that who inspired you to this great works? Is there any?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      valuable_tennis's comment 18 Oct 2021

      Great question, valuable_tennis!

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  • British Council.jpg comfortable_contribution | Beit Hanoun Prep Girls A School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Oct 2021

    Her words and her determination to protect the earth from these difficult climate changes encouraged me, and she did not despair of being one person among billions of people, but rather tried to deliver her message to all people.My question is how can I instill this idea in the minds of children and adults who are hard to persuade???

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  • British Council.jpg excited_politics | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    18 Oct 2021

    1.I listened to Shaama Sandooyea
    2. The most important thing she said was.She's a marine biologist 2. I think This is very beautiful and we are proud that she is a scientist who is discovering for us things we did not know about the world that the world of the seas is beautiful, fun and amazing, and from this story I loved to be like her should hear
    3.We hear her message and I am going to tell my friends about her beautiful story because is very interesting sea World.

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  • British Council.jpg fairminded_panther | Cumilla Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    First of all I am really astonished and inspired her thoughts and struggles on climate change.I think the most important point was about about frightening situation on her island about the rising of sea altitude.As the whole world is undergoing such situation and we are just doing nothing but discussions about it.My question is how can we implement and change the perspectives of people about it?

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  • British Council.jpg adaptable_memory | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    1. I listened to Shaama Sandooyea

    2. The most important thing she said, "It's very difficult for adults to question their beliefs and question themselves. What we can do is to show them a bit about how their consumption of plastic is a lot for one person...this starts at home, with families and at school"

    3. I think the adults should listen to this message because sometimes they hesitate too many times before doing something out of the box and if they could realize how much this little efforts matter on someone else's lives, these little efforts will be given by everyone of them and it will turn out to something huge, because a proverb goes, "Little drops of water make a mighty ocean".

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      adaptable_memory's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Make sure this goes in this week's competition, too!

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  • British Council.jpg trusting_language | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    The words of Shaama Shandoyea which touched me the most was "It's really frustrating because I want change so bad and to see my island good again...but we are really scared of what will happen. We are getting droughts during summer and flash floods during winter. I don't want my people not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow"

    This very little statement expresses a very deep and important message which everyone should realize. The countries which contributed most to the climate change, the countries which emitted the highest carbon are the ones who are industrially developed the most. But the fact here is that, they are not the ones who suffer from it's effects. But, the under developed low lying countries and their people suffer the most who contribute the least to climate change.

    Now, why this statement of her carries a deep message? In her words she expressed her immense desire to bring a change, to stop climate change, to see her island good again. But her wishes doesn't come true despite of her will. That is because the industrialized countries are contributing to climate change indiscriminately without realizing the threats climate change imposes upon us. And if they do not realize, how are they going to take steps? Why will they even bother stopping climate change when they are not realizing or suffering from its effects directly?

    And this statement of Shaama carries a message which should be realized by all those managers and leaders of those industrialized countries or every single person of this world, so that they also could understand the effects and impacts of climate change. So that they can also realize that climate change is really a threat for our extinction. And the moment they realize it, they will start taking steps to reduce this climate change, new ideas will emerge from their minds, and our dream/ the dream of Shaama Sandoyea will become a reality.

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  • British Council.jpg enlightened_queen | Start-Rite Schools | Nigeria
    19 Oct 2021

    I have learnt that we must or should I say, I must be intentional about changing the way I consume and dispose off plastic. I have a role to play in ensuring that ocean life is protected.

    My question is, with a lot of research into marine life, for those of us scared of water but would like to have some kind of experience of marine life, are there virtual reality experiences that are easily accessible online to teach more about marine life and how human behaviour is affecting it?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      enlightened_queen's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Such a pertinent question for our technological world!

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  • British Council.jpg benevolent_rock | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    Heya Shaama! I really loved that how you thought about the depth of your words and cared for the future of the world. It really gives me goosebumps when I think about how hard you hard to struggle in your life aspects especially as a cultural woman in Asia. But still, you could come up to this point in your life!
    The questions I would like to ask you are: Suppose you reach the position of General Secretary in UN, what are the prime changes you would like to bring, especially in the marine section? And what opportunities would you like to create for girls so that none is oppressed and more Shaama Sandooyeas are risen to support this world?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      benevolent_rock's comment 19 Oct 2021

      Super question, benevolent_rock!

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  • British Council.jpg poetic_coconut | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    The most important thing I have learnt is if you want to protect something you need to understand it, you need to see it, you need to feel the beauty of it because that’s how we work by protecting the things we love.
    The question I would like to ask is that can we not arrange excursions and school trips for the students to the islands so that they can enjoy the beauty of the marine world and feel enthusiastic to protect it?

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  • British Council.jpg cherished_lobster | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    You surely are an inspiration to the people Shaama! You said the way to make children love the ocean is to gradually starting to know about the ocean, experience it slowly but deeply. But I would want to seek the attention of everyone to the catastrophe named Drowning. According to sources like UNICEF and WHO this is the 6th cause of the most children mortality causes. Even I saw three drowning incidents myself. So it is reasonable for the adults to fear the water for the children and thus the children eventually start to fear oceans, sea, and other water sources naturally. I want to ask you what can we do to solve this problem?

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  • British Council.jpg glad_eel | Prep A Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    19 Oct 2021

    I loved her response because it really encouraged me to go on to become a geologist with a keen interest in climatic details.
    My question is during your unique experience, did you feel a sense of giving and being a person of great importance in society and can you describe that feeling to us.
    2_What did you learn during this wonderful experience?

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  • British Council.jpg adaptable_memory | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    Hello, Shaama. I'm extremely inspired by your extraordinary works and thoughts. Underwater Climate change activities are significantly vital in this situation. And your contribution is worth it!

    But, a question that I have bothers me the most.

    ACCORDING TO THE USAID, such underwater activities need huge amount of preparation & resources and above all, a big sum of budget.

    SO HOW EXACTLY DID YOU MANAGE ALL THAT BIG AMOUNT OF RESOURCES AND BUDGETS IN SUCH SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME?

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  • British Council.jpg free_river | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    19 Oct 2021

    The most important thing I've learned from her answer is how much important to have zeal and to realize the society that you and your opinions were correct .
    The question I would like to ask is how did you overcome the situations when became fail to understand the people and become the victim of bully and what will be your advise for the young generation in the same case who wants to think out of the box ????

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  • British Council.jpg insightful_world | Barishal Cadet College | Bangladesh
    20 Oct 2021

    The things she stated are really inspiring and motivating. Her answers felt to be guidelines and how to do those. The most interesting thing was raising awareness or consciousness among the big industry and factories. But we are too young for that and we are not SHAAMA SANDOOYEA, so why would anyone listen to us? I mean where should we start and how can we seek attention?

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  • British Council.jpg shrewd_flight | Sylhet Cadet College | Bangladesh
    20 Oct 2021

    1. The most important thing I learnt from Shaama's answer is that if you want to protect something, then at first know more about it, understand it and try to love it. When Shaama was talking about the how we can motivate children to protect the ocean, the main idea she gave was to help the children know more about it, let them research on it. This doesn't only apply in case of oceans. The world has many aspects that we still have not fully discovered. So, we should try our best to discover more and find out about the beautiful things in this world. Then, as we enrich our knowledge further, our feelings towards the world will increase too. So, we shouldn't only protect because it's our duty, we'll protect it because we love it.

    2. I have many questions for Shaama, but I am giving the one I think is most necessary. My question is, "What solutions do you think we can use to decrease the amount of industrial waste that is plunged to the water bodies? Also, people these days don't think a second time before dropping some plastic waste, tissues etc. waste here and there. How can we motivate them to stop it?"

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    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      shrewd_flight's comment 20 Oct 2021

      These are good questions! What ways can you think of for "How can we motivate them to stop it?"?

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  • British Council.jpg affable_opinion | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama Sandooyea, your story is a lot of motivating and the drives appeared to be particularly inventive to me. I have two inquiries for you as a primary concern, initially I need to ask what might be your call or words to numerous youngsters who are still uninformed of the outrages of environmental change, which you are practically seeing however they are not-to rouse them to accomplish something like you

    The main thing I gained from the reactions is that you confronted different challenges during the dissent, however you didn't stop. Maybe, you said, "In the event that we don't battle for it in the Indian Ocean, who will battle for us?" which mirrors your anxiety to save the seas and address the environment emergency. It truly requires a ton of exertion and mental fortitude to be the first at anything. Also, when you began fighting it was somewhat odd on the grounds that nobody has fought at any point ever against environmental change submerged. You were in no place and in a spot which hasn't been truly sanctioned, yet as you began fighting everything seemed well and good

    The appropriate responses given by her urged me to push ahead and work for the environment changes occurring. We as a whole ought to dare to save our mom earth from elimination. On the off chance that we love our earth its our obligation to preserve it from the awful impacts of environmental change. My inquiry is what intrigued you about picking your calling as an environment dissident?

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    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      affable_opinion's comment 21 Oct 2021

      Excellent question, affable_opinion!

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  • British Council.jpg efficient_city | Pabna Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    We,the people of Bangladesh and some other low lying countries, are very much vulnerable to climate change and global warming.Your initiative is of course very much praiseworthy. But an united step must be immediately taken by the world leaders to save the earth .Though personal initiatives can inspire the mass people ,it directly can't do favor in a large scale. So what will be your opinion regarding the collective initiatives by the whole human being to at least stop rising of temperature globally?

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  • British Council.jpg astounding_significance | Rangpur Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    The most important thing I have learned from her speech is "I don't want my people not knowing what's going to happen tomorrow"

    We should be aware people about what is going on. Like if the climate is changing rapidly and disaster may come, then we should be aware of people so that they can take the necessary steps to save themselves otherwise they may face very problems. So we have to work together. We have to let people what is going on and what to do. Otherwise, we can't win at all.

    There are some people or powerful people who do not let normal people know about what is going on. For that reason, many poor and normal people face so many problems. I think this phrase is suitable for then or those types of people.

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  • British Council.jpg ineffable_reality | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    I am very persuaded by her dynamism concerning climate change. She is the torch bearer for the young generation who are undeniably concerned about this issue. My question towards her is that who the role model in her life is. Thanks in advance.

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  • British Council.jpg free_river | Faujdarhat Cadet College | Bangladesh
    21 Oct 2021

    From your answer i learned that it should be ous who have to take the first step about the change and we have to have belief on ourselves and work with enthusiasm .
    My question to you should we introduce high technological things to the people of islands cause there is a chance of advancement and also a chance of adapting new cultures forgetting their ancestors one ?? What do you think??

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  • British Council.jpg frank_jackfruit | Rimal Prep Girls School C | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    22 Oct 2021

    Hi Shaama, really you are a source of inspiration for the young generation of the today's world, specially for those who are only thinking about to take steps to save the planet but afraid of moving forward maybe because of their colour, race or any other situation. Really you are the inspiration for those people who are just think that nobody will give any priority to them, you have really shown that nothing is can be a barrier if you are brave enough and if you really want to do something.Really i am very greatful to you because I am also one of them who just think and afraid before taking any steps, but your story really inspired me that nothing can be a obstacle when I am self confident enough.Not only this but alsoyour story will teach everyone to increase the thinking capability. Lastly I wanna say that surely your story will make anyone strong enough. And I also hope that many youngers like us will come forward to save our mother planet forgetting their race,cast and colour.

    I have a question that who inspired you to this great works? Is there any?

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  • British Council.jpg motivated_orchard | Rajshahi Cadet College | Bangladesh
    24 Oct 2021

    The most important think that I have learnt from his answer is not to give up. She avoided the use of plastic which help make her family members avoid that too. Yeah, we all should try from our side to convince others about saving the environment and it is only possible when we do it first. She said that children should get touched with the marine life so that they might feel the importance of saving it.
    But in most places, there is no opportunity to have contact with the marine life. Parents are often indifferent to take their children to a sea for a tour. Again, some parents restrict their children from visiting sea as they thought children might fall in danger, for example they might be drown etc.
    So, my question is how we can solve these problems? Can the government help us regarding this? Is it possible for the elders who weren’t have the facility to know the marine in their childhood keep role in developing the idea of marine life among the future generations?

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