Creating Wildlife Farm Sanctuaries
Jamie Hawk believes that the simple act of getting people outside is extremely important in promoting conservation. If people aren’t given the opportunity to appreciate the natural world, they’ll have little motivation to conserve it. But if you are able to inspire them through outdoor discovery, as well as teach them that conservation provides personal benefits, you have given them the motivation and tools to affect change within themselves and their communities.
In Atlanta, Jamie wants to connect local youth to their local environment and their food sources. For his fellowship, Jamie collaborated with partners to turn a 4.5 acre bus depot into a sustainable urban garden. While he hasn't started planting yet, the garden will provide a source of fresh produce in the future and will remind the community that industrial decay can be rehabilitated.
Jamie believes that once individuals understand the powerful role they play in environmental protection, and the many benefits a healthy environment brings, taking action is a logical next step. And with his fellowship, Jamie is poised to help them take that next step.