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 schoolShaama 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 tomorrowShaama 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?
- And what else would you like to ask?
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