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ISLAMIAT ABIDEMI RAJI

NIGERIA

'I was inspired to love and live a selfless life by growing up in a large family where everyone was busy taking care of family, and never got the time or resources to offer a helping hand to others. So I developed my love for volunteerism, conservation and humanitarian services.

My mom had eight girls, but my dad had 12 children, some of whom I have never met. Knowing that my mom gave birth to eight children not because she can fend for them but because of the pressure to have a male child is a big lesson for me with the overpopulation and earth crises we face globally. We just do not have extra resources to carry this increasing population.

 

We are in a world where we pursue affluence rather than making a positive impact. We acquire much that we don't need to satisfy our greed - to the detriment of others, including humans and biodiversity.  The number of children we wish to have, our decisions to self-develop regardless of our gender, how we treat others, and the use of resources – all these must change for the better.'