Ana Calderon and Ainara Valadez
Barcelona, 21 September (EFE).- Olivia Mandel lives in Barcelona, she is 15 years old and they already call her the ‘Spanish Greta Thunberg’ for her activism for the environment, against climate change and for protection. Animals “do not want to be heard by politicians, they only serve big companies and their economic interests,” he denounced.
In an interview with Efe, Mandle, who wants to study marine biology and create a marine sanctuary on the Costa Brava, said that politicians “don’t want to listen to young people who have something to say about animal welfare and climate change because they know that we Right and they only care about economic interest.
“The leaders above do not want to see the reality,” laments the young woman, who multiplies on social networks, where she has more than 5.5 million followers, gives many conferences and has been appointed ambassador of the European agreement by climate. Influence among young people.
“Meat or dairy companies may have pictures of cows grazing in a field, but they’re really fattened up and locked up to reproduce in an unnatural way and end up on our plates.”
Being compared to Greta Thunberg is “an honor” for her as she thinks the young Swedish activist has done a great job “uniting thousands of young people on the streets of the world”.
A message against government and big business
The ‘Spanish Greta Thunberg’ has established herself as a benchmark activist for animal welfare and fighting climate change with a message supported by the scientific community, but which “is still not heard by governments and big companies, who are the key to the problem».
“A large part of the problem of climate change lies in the interests of large companies, which are implemented in problems such as overfishing or high consumption of products of animal origin,” Mandel denounced.
“Overfishing – he underlines – harms the ocean, the seabed and its biodiversity and contributes to the fact that many dolphins are caught, suffocated or sold to others for leisure and business and abused.”
Mandl also deplores the paradox that large companies “try to jump on the sustainability bandwagon through ‘greenwashing’ campaigns.”
The activist encourages “all young people to come together with the same purpose of protecting the planet and its inhabitants”, contributing “a small grain of sand”.
“Meat or dairy companies may put up images of cows grazing in a field, but they’re really fattened up and bred in an unnatural way and end up on our plates,” warns the activist, who stresses that animal-based diets are environmentally friendly. One of the three main causes of the problem.
This ESO student believes that one of the keys to fighting climate change lies in the new generation: «Education is essential, because if we explain to children in simple terms what is happening to climate change and animals in captivity, they will internalize it and they will Will be able to inform people around them».
Inventor of “Jelly Cleaner”.
To raise awareness, Mandle created the ‘Jelly Cleaner’, a device made from recycled materials that collects microplastics found on the surface of the ocean.
“The most curious looks at me when I use it in the sea, they ask me and I explain the problem of microplastics and in this way I can reflect on climate change to them,” explains the young woman using it during the interview at the beach of Sant Sebastián in Barcelona. with
Activists encourage “all young people to come together with the same purpose of protecting the planet and its inhabitants”, contributing “a small grain of sand” so that their voices “reach those who make decisions and mark change”.
Save the dolphins
In her fight against climate change, ‘Spanish Greta Thunberg’ has specialized in protecting dolphins because as a child she was appalled by the captivity of these animals at a show in Barcelona. He remembers that when other children played with balls or dolls, he played “saving animals or putting out fires”.
“Spain wants to be a leader in environmental change but it won’t be able to be if it continues to be the sixth country with Europe’s largest dolphin prison and the world’s most captive dolphins”
Two years ago, Mandle launched a campaign through the Change.org platform that collected more than 50,000 signatures asking the Barcelona Zoo to relocate three of the zoo’s dolphins to a marine sanctuary, but they were eventually moved to another zoo in Athens. .
He has led the ‘This is not a country for dolphins’ campaign for several years, demanding that the government pass a law marking the scheduled closure of dolphinariums in Spain.
“Spain wants to be a leader in environmental change, but it cannot be if it is the largest dolphin prison in Europe and the sixth country in the world with the most captive dolphins – close to a hundred. “, according to the young activist.
Despite collecting more than 135,000 signatures and the support of scientists and marine organizations, Mandel lamented that, because of the economic interests involved in dolphin captivity, they criticized his campaign as “childish whims” for “infantilization”. Fighting them and disrespecting him.”
But he does not tire, he confidently appears in all media and calls against the environment, animal protection and climate change to see if one day this warning “finally reaches the highest level”.