My name is Jonathan. I am 18 years old and in my final year at International School Almere. My mother is from Bangalore, India and my father is from Suriname, South America. I was raised bilingual. I was born in Amsterdam and then moved to Almere, a city in the Netherlands, where I have been living for 16 years. I love taking pictures in my free time, whether of nature or with people. I really like listening to music as it is my way of escaping reality for bit and to deal with whatever I’m going through at that moment. I joined PGC, inspired by my friend Nathanya who participated last year. I could never really call myself an environment friendly person because I felt I was not contributing to a better environment and I was never really conscious about the products I consumed. I learned so many thing through PGC that I didn’t even realize how much it affected me in my day to day life. I love inspiring other people and making a change with whatever topic, that was also one of my highlights in this challenge. I saw what impact I could actually have on others and how my actions led to someone changing their habits for the better.
Life-Changing. Sustainability. Inspiring. Leadership. Awesome
Most memorable was when I watched the documentary ‘The True Cost’. This documentary really opened my eyes, and as cliche it might sound I realized what the true cost of my products are and how many people are suffering by producing the clothing. I actually stood still at the fact that I am all happy when my package arrives, while someone that made my product actually could have died.
I learned that there are problems way bigger than my problems. For instance, me worrying about the fact that the colour of my new shirt doesn’t really suit me while there were people suffering because of producing it. I learned to think bigger than myself, and not only think of my own good when doing something but also think about the greater good. I realized that I still am able to bring change in this world.