It's been a while since my last post, sorry about that, in honesty it's because I've been struggling a bit especially with school. But not to dwell on that too much I know what I'm dealing with since my Autism diagnosis last Autumn and I try not to let it stop me doing the things I love.
|London Zoo's Galapagos Tortoise enclosure with|
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of state for the Environment
I had the date in the diary since just before Christmas but it wasn't until the end of last week that I knew that I was going to be speaking. I quite like speaking and I guess as I did some amateur dramatics and performing when I was younger I'm reasonably comfortable in front of crowds. Saying that it was a big subject to cover and I hoped I'd nailed some key messages.
|#Iwill ambassaors and Mr Gove feeding Dolly, Polly & Priscilla|
|Passing on the manifesto to|
Then we got into the event and the speeches. One of the first things was a video address from Prince Charles who is the patron of the #Iwill campaign. Then we had speeches from Michael Gove and Dominic Jermey. It was nice for me that one of the photos I'd taken at the Kew event has been adopted as a campaign poster and that it was the backdrop for the speeches. After Mr Gove and Mr Jermey it was the turn of the #Iwill ambassadors to take the stage. The only disappointing part of the evening was that Michael and Dominic left before the Ambassadors spoke, which was a shame. But, there was a great audience of lots of organisations that want to help young people have a voice and give young people chances to take social action.
|In the background my photo with Yetunde and Princess at|
Kew in front of a magnificent Ginko biloba
|My turn to speak!|
Before I sign off I thought I'd finish on a different, but I think appropriate note. On the way to the event I'd taken the chance to visit a place I love in London, Camden Market. I've been going there for years, it's a family favourite when we are in London. I love the street food, the music, the buzz of the place. I guess as I've been going since I was little I'm comfortable with all the sights, sounds and smells. So as it is close to London Zoo it was a natural place to visit on the way there and to get some lunch. There's a place you can sit once you get your food from the stalls and the Pigeons and Starlings are quite tame, even a bit cheeky. Not everyone likes that but I love it. The little guy in the tweet below hung around most of the time I was eating, even with all the hustle and bustle and with other people eating shoo-ing some birds off. It was one of those lovely moments where you unexpectedly get the opportunity to connect with nature. The Starling stood there chirping, whistling, clicking, going through its repertoire of sounds, serenading Dad and I as we ate, or so it seemed. I got a little video of it which I tweeted. I think it was quite fitting that this little chap singing his heart out was by far my most popular tweet on the launch of an initiative about promoting social action to encourage engagement with and care for nature.Nature does need to take centre stage!
On my way to the #iwill4nature #yearofgreenaction launch event - stopped for lunch in @CamdenMarket and was serenaded by a starling while I ate @WildLondon @birdbrainuk pic.twitter.com/p3d2CoN31P— Zach Haynes (@NaturallyZach) 31 January 2019
Hope you enjoyed,