What makes Dara McAnulty a Global Shaker?
Dara McAnulty is a 15-year-old naturalist, activist and writer from Northern Ireland. His book, Diary of a Young Naturalist, will be released in June 2020.
Something you see time and again with climate activists is their raw compassion — an unshakeable belief in the beauty of everything, from brooks and streams to forests and fellow individuals. A compassion often lost and disregarded by older, supposedly more aware people.
McAnulty is very open about his mental health, writing that his upcoming book – – set to be released on Little Toller — never seemed possible, because bullies had always tried to tear him down for being autistic. McAnulty has instead honed his passion for the natural environment and for words, using nature to calm his anxiety — and empower him to overcome huge personal barriers, such as captivating a large audience at a specially convened ‘In Conversation’ event.
He regularly tweets images and videos of critters found on walks, to a large audience — a recent tweet of a Pale Tussock Moth caterpillar had 1.5k likes. He’s appeared on timeless UK TV show Blue Peter. He’s also an activist for local causes, such as a campaign to reject Highway England’s “catastrophic road building scheme,” which could endanger birds including the yellowhammer, linnet, lapwing and skylark.Tags: Activism, Climate crisis, Northern Ireland