Meet Christine Carmines, Our Wildlife Champion of the Month
This months' wildlife champion advocates, educates, and volunteers on behalf of wildlife.
Christine Carmines has been passionate about wildlife for over 50 years and takes action with the NWF Action Fund to fight climate change and advocate for the wildlife that inspire her commitment to the environment.
Christine helps inspire the next generation of wildlife advocates as a volunteer with the Animal Resource Center at the San Francisco Zoo. She says that as a child, she made friends with the animals at the San Francisco Zoo. Now, she is helping the next generation experience wildlife first-hand. As a volunteer at the Animal Resource Center, Christine helps rehabilitate species that have been injured and can no longer survive in the wild. The animals are then taken to schools to introduce children to wildlife. Once the wildlife are rehabilitated, they are released back into their natural habitat.
Educating and connecting children with nature is an important step to ensure that today's children grow up to advocate for wildlife and conservation. As an advocate for wildlife, Christine says she’s most excited about being able to see the change in consciousness that is occurring in people.
"Over the past 10 years, I’ve watched a remarkable awakening in people’s consciousness about the planet, about wildlife, about how important it is to get along and sustain what have instead of continuing to take from it."
The biggest conservation issue for Christine is climate change, noting that, "if we destroy the planet we live on, we destroy ourselves." One of her favorite wildlife species is the polar bear, and because of climate change she says she’s "very worried about its fate and, of course its fate is tied to our fate. Nobody will choose to let the house they live in deteriorate and rot around them because it protects them. Our planet is our house."
Christine has taken many actions to create positive change for wildlife and the environment. She reaches out to her elected officials, she volunteers for the zoo, and she maintains a backyard city garden. "I grow my own vegetables, figs, grapes, apples, peaches, cherries and pomegranates - all within San Francisco proper. It's something my parents taught me to do." She also reaches out to her friends and works to inspire children to protect wildlife.
Thank you, Christine for your work to protect wildlife and inspire the next generation of conservationists.