I am an undergraduate student at Monash University studying a Bachelor of Science majoring in Environmental Science. During a lecture by Professor Steven Chown, I was inspired and awakened by the severity of climate change and the imminent threat of biodiversity loss. I was driven by the fact that we have to act now and there is something we can do about it. When I was introduced to SAEF and its purpose of conserving Antarctica in order to protect our future and working with policymakers to secure long term action. I knew that this was the perfect opportunity to learn more about the situation the world is in right now through current research as well as influencing policy making. So I put my hand up to volunteer with SAEF. Currently, I am helping with research on Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) in Antarctica and helping to extract information from EIA documents to increase the data available on the cumulative impacts in Antarctica. Everyday at SAEF I am learning more. SAEF is leading in Antarctic research and brings into focus what exactly is happening to Antarctica and directly addresses the state of our future.