“I don’t lack passion”, Ida wants to fight for a better world on behalf of the youth

She is an organic farmer in training, a climate activist and also has an astonishing amount of scientific knowledge. Still, Ida Simonsen is only 25 years old. As a UN youth representative, Haarlem wants to fight for the voice of young people in terms of biodiversity and food. “I don’t lack passion.”

Ida Simonsen – own photo

You rarely come across a 25-year-old who is more passionate than Ida. And also read and developed. After completing a pre-university education at Het Schoter in Haarlem-Noord, she deliberately chose a university degree in international law and later obtained a master’s degree in human rights. With this knowledge in her pocket, she took internships with SDG Netherlands (a movement that focuses on sustainable development goals) and Unicef. There she was involved in the rights of young people and the mobilization of her peers.


Ida increasingly focused on nature and food. She realized that knowledge from books is not perfect, and as a girl from the city, she started training to become an organic farmer. “I’ve been studying quite a lot and my hands started to itch. I’m still in training, you know. But I love being outside. Literally close to the ground, feet in the clay. I wanted biodiversity and nature to experience close.”

“My focus is on nature and food. I embrace the two worlds in everything I do”

IDA Simonsen

As a highly educated woman, from agricultural practice, she will work hard as a climate diplomat, so to speak, as a UN youth representative. She will do this together with three other Dutch envoys, each with their own themes. Ida mainly focuses on biodiversity and food. With only one opponent left, she is fighting for the spot as Dutch envoy this week. “My focus is on nature and food. I embrace the two worlds in everything I do. I also believe in human rights and climate activism.”

To vote

Should she be chosen (young people up to thirty years old can vote for her until 13 October) then she has extensive plans to interpret the voice of young people. Her task will then be to collect Dutch young people’s opinions (“A perspective and dreams”) about biodiversity and food through guest lectures, events, dialogues and social media.

Then Ida, as her slogan goes, goes out on the field to represent these views at relevant ministries and at conferences and summits at home and abroad. “We are nature, that is the core message. Among other things, I want to take the young people outside, so as not to explain everything via powerpoints.”

Ida Simonsen – own photo

Anyone who talks to Ida will quickly notice that she is deeply involved in the subject and very passionate. Such as the nitrogen issue that was in the news again this week. Young people in the agricultural sector must be more involved in the future of agriculture and animal husbandry. “It is about creating a future for young farmers. There are now too few successors in the farms. To make these industries sustainable, many more workers are needed. I think it is very important that young people also come along to the table. are invited.”


She is full of ideas. Ida also wants to use her time as a volunteer UN youth representative to stimulate youth participation in the province of North Holland. “In our province, young people do not sit around the table while decisions are made in very important policy areas.”

Ida will not resist spreading her knowledge either. This is roughly what she believes is an unfair food system in the world. That a small country like the Netherlands is one of the largest food exporters in the world is skewed, she believes. “I’m worried about the world and a system change is needed.”

“We don’t have a day to lose and a world to gain. It’s time for biodiversity!”


Another spearhead can best be characterized by remarkable figures. Three to five percent of the world’s population consists of indigenous peoples. Let it be the indigenous people’s Wednesday, and that Ida would like to draw attention to these people, who are threatened with extinction on a daily basis. “These people protect eighty percent of the earth’s biodiversity in an area of ​​twenty percent of the earth.” It is clear that Ida will stand up for this.

Biodiversity time

As befits an organic farmer, the Haarlem-born as UN representative will sow and then reap. As she states on her campaign materials, “I will do everything I can to use my master’s degree in human rights and background in climate activism to strengthen the voice of young people and protect our future.” To conclude with her slogan: “We don’t have a day to lose and a world to gain. It’s biodiversity time!”

Here can you dive further? in Ida’s comprehensive pitch and vision.

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