After seven years of dedicated environmental fund-raising and educational initiatives, which have unified local communities and empowered the youth, non-profit organisation, Four Elements Conservation NPC will be ending its journey with a final informal and friendly ocean swim in celebration of World Oceans Day.
Established by Durban’s Olivia Taylor at the age of 14, Four Elements Conservation has met its mandate of providing a platform for community engagement, a voice for the youth and encouraging support and contribution from more than 500 people who’ve participated in the Four Elements Ocean Challenge.
“I started Four Elements Conservation at the age 14 during which time, as CEO, I have organised four swimming events, a social entrepreneurship training camp and merchandising. I have represented the country in a number of international youth and environmental roles,” she said.
She further explained, “This journey has afforded me immense personal growth, invaluable experience and has acted as a stepping stone for the next phase of my contribution to the environment.”
The young social entrepreneur has recently taken on a new role as a member of the United Nation’s World Ocean’s Day Youth Advisory Council.
This notable position will see Taylor assisting in expanding the reach of this important day, offering unique perspectives and recommendations for ocean conservation while working with fellow members represented by more than 100 countries.
“My objective is to develop a unique and engaging ocean conservation initiative with an environmentally responsible corporate partner. I will contribute seed funding of over R100, 000 and offer my energy, passion, experience and time. In return, the corporate partner will contribute some of its internal resources and market reach, and commit to matching my seed contribution for an approved initiative. Together we will do something truly innovative and amazing,” she said.
She intends to gain overseas experience, eventually bringing these skills and insights back home for tangible solutions to local problems.
“The story of Four Elements is far from over. The legacy will continue to inspire young people and to tell a story of how a little bit of passion can go a long way. I feel the candle has been lit and that flame can never be extinguished, rather passed onto others who have been touched by Four Elements, inspired by its passion and desire to continue the work in ocean conservation,” said Taylor.
Four Elements Conservation will celebrate all the work done over the years as well as the Indian Ocean and its inhabitants with a final, informal ocean swim over the weekend of May 5 to 6, 2018.