In the afterglow of the Future for Nature Academy Day, the FFN Academy members and all the buddies were granted the opportunity to attend the Future for Nature Award Ceremony of 2017! After a guided tour through the Burgers Zoo in the morning, the award ceremony started. Accompanied by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander, the guest of honour, the three fresh Future for Nature Award Winners of 2017, Shariar Caesar Rahman, Farwiza Farhan and Hana Ridha presented their truly inspiring stories. Deserved winners! Despite encountering many real-world obstacles and challenges, the winners’ work represents their boundless effort to save the species and ecosystems that they are so passionate about. Each of winners is handed the beautiful Future for Nature Award, a symbol that acknowledges the importance to conserve our precious environment. After the ceremony, the buddies are ready and excited to represent the Future for Nature Award winners, provided with banners and flyers and there is time to talk conservation over drinks and bites. The winners managed to convey their passion for conservation to the crowd, who eventually returned home, fuelled with inspiration and confident of an optimistic ‘Future for Nature’.
By Sofie te Wierik