WWF volunteers share their stories: Yoana Andrews

Yoana Andrews is a WWF volunteer for WWF Expat team Adam and The Hague.

When did you first find out about WWF and what made you wanna be a volunteer?
I was introduced to the values of WWF in my school years. Later on, the idea of sustainable existence became a future goal which made me think deeper. I thought that I could make a small step toward something big if I took control of my actions. One of my core achievements in this field is the fact that my husband and I chose to donate the money from our wedding to WWF. A few months later, when we moved to The Hague, I decided to take it up a notch and become a volunteer for the expat team there. Currently, I am residing in Southern Spain where I continue to be involved in sustainability initiatives and also remotely collaborate with The Hague WWF Expat team.

If you could choose to be an animal, which animal would it be and why?
This is a tough question. I would like to have the speed of a cheetah, the grace of a springbok, the playfulness of a dolphin and the endurance of a polar bear, however, the animal I would choose to be is a butterfly. No, not because of its beauty, but because of its delicate power to make a small change now and result in a large difference later. Because we need more flapping butterflies to change the chaos of our existence and help prioritise our sustainable values!

If you can mention 1 highlight as a WWF volunteer, what would it be. Okay, you can choose 2 😊The highlight of my volunteering is the effect I see on me and the people involved in our activities. I see people who are more aware of the surrounding world. People who care and strive to live sustainably. Furthermore, I get to witness how growing personalities are eager to learn and help. Being surrounded by people like them gives me confidence and hope that we can do better!

What topic or activity do you think WWF should really focus on in 2019?
I see the growing problem of plastic pollution worldwide and I believe WWF should focus on it whilst raising awareness and educating the growing generation. In 2019 and the years ahead we, as daily consumers, have to reconsider our use of plastic products and be aware of the difference we can make on the grand scale. WWF can help people  “get smart about plastic pollution” and learn more about plastic impact via actively involving people to participate, collaborate and volunteer.

Do you have a suggestion for other people reading this article how to better protect our environment?
I would advise you to think about our future and act now. Think of what is to leave for your children, cousins, nephews, other relatives and friends. Spread the word. Flap your wings and make a change! The clock is ticking and we decide now what is to come…

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