“There are so many things to tackle, but if we’re not finding the one thing that we’re great at and passionate about, then we’re not going to make a proper advancement.”
A social entrepreneur since the age of 8, and selected by The Canadian Voice of Women for Peace to attend the United Nations 57th session of The Commission on the Status of Women, at the age of 14. 18 year old Kasha Slavner speaks to us form the 2016 One Young World summit in Ottawa about the importance of empowering everyone particularly women, mentorship and finding your place as an aspiring leader.
Sherah Beckley for Thomson Reuters Sustainability: What do you tell young people and the world at this most crucial time, whether it’s to do with climate change or sustainable development. What is your message?
Kasha Sequoia Slavner:
I think that just as easy as it is for adults to isolate and exclude us as a generation, it’s just as easy for us to isolate adults and see them as this generation that’s left us with this terrible world, and that we just can’t work with them.
I think that there’s a need for mentorship, to grow together, because I think that everybody sees that there needs to be change, it’s just working together and bridging that gap that is so hard. But-
…the main thing that I have to say to youth, is just to find your passion. It’s easy for people to say, “You should be a climate activist, a gender equality activist, you should be an education activist etc.”
There are so many things to tackle, but if we’re not finding the one thing that we’re great at and the one thing that we are passionate about, then we’re not going to make a proper advancement.
So for me for example, that’s media, and the way that we see the world, as showing westerners, for example, that the world is so different from how it’s portrayed, other people can find their passions too, so that’s my main message.