My first year of high school was great, but looking back, I wish I had spent more time outside with the people I love. I would only spend 15 minutes outside per day, and instead of hanging out with my friends outside or going for a walk after a tiring day of school to relax, I would be inside on social media for hours. This practice really took a toll on my physical and mental health. Knowing I had to make a change, I teamed up with a close friend to start our campaign Cocoon that would inspire teenagers to return to nature so they could feel restored and reignite their dreams and ambitions.
Thank you so much for your kind words! You are completely correct; our future generations need to understand the importance of being outside, and they won't be able to realize how much nature can impact their lives until they step out into it and embrace it. Cocoon hopes to do anything and everything it can to encourage this behavior. We're still looking for ways to grow creatively and we'd love your support! Your awesome idea "Project First Team" involves parents by helping them to ensure that all experiences of athletics are fun and motivating for their kids. Cocoon could be so much stronger if we were able to connect with adults and parents who would be influential in encouraging kids to step out more, so a partnership in certain aspects would really help both of us out! Together, our ideas could potentially change parent behavior at youth sporting events and also encourage young people to join such athletics or pursue activities that allow them to be outdoors. Let us know if you would be interested in considering this! Our contact information can be found on Vanya's profile page. We're super excited for your idea and wish you the best of luck!
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This is an amazingly moving idea that I can personally relate to, having visited India many times before. The ubiquity of child labor, sexual abuse, domestic violence, lack of education and poverty is not only devastating but unnerving and deeply moving. I would love to support you on your journey to make Because of LOVE a reality. Our idea, Cocoon: Return, Restore, Reignite, is a campaign we are starting to encourage and allow young people like ourselves to go outside and spend more time in nature. In our submission, we discuss why being in nature is so important for our emotional, mental, and physical health, and how returning to nature can restore you and reignite your love for life. We'd love your input and feedback at https://network.changemakers.com/challenge/tmochangemakerchallenge/entry/cocoon. My email address is listed on my profile page. I would love to work with you and even start a similar chapter in India. I really appreciate you putting in the time and effort to make this submission - I really do believe the issue you are tackling has gone unsolved for far too long, and the time to be a Changemaker is now. Thank you again!
This idea is amazing! We believe that you have indeed found a novel way to identify diseases and illnesses within patients before it is too late. Our understanding of your idea is that it is essentially a Breathalyzer test, only it will detect harmful/abnormal chemicals in exhaled breath as opposed to alcohol content. This seems simple, functional, and affordable. We hope your idea comes to life, as it would truly make a huge positive impact on the medical community. Our idea, Cocoon: Return, Restore, Reignite, is a campaign we are starting to encourage and allow young people like ourselves to go outside and spend more time in nature. In our submission, we discuss why being in nature is so important for our emotional, mental, and physical health, and tying it back to your idea, a lot of diseases can be prevented if we are committed to a healthy lifestyle. We'd love it if you checked it out at https://network.changemakers.com/challenge/tmochangemakerchallenge/entry/cocoon. Thank you again for sharing this wonderful idea! We hope it will go far.