d’Arcy has worked with thousands of young people around the world become true Global Citizens by inspiring them to work towards making real changes happen in order to combat the many problems facing us today. I, for one, can certainly say without a doubt that d’Arcy is the reason that I now live my life in a way that benefits this planet and the people that live on it.
Each time I meet d’Arcy I am reminded what it means to be human, and how the lives of others are far more important than our own.
When I asked my eldest daughter what was d’Arcy’s main message when he spoke at her school in earthquake-ravaged Nepal, she said: “He taught us that one person could change the world.”
Rest-assured, we as St.Peter’s Wagai Secondary School from now hence, will be Ambassadors of Teaspoons of Change in Siaya, Western Kenya. We have also enlisted you and your dear girl friend’s names in our visitors’ book as our brother and sister stakeholders.
We are very happy to learn that you worked in Kapchorwa! Once again, you and your girl friend feel very free to visit and stay with us in our homes as you also interact with our students! You are highly welcome.
Let us be in touch more often as we share ideas in development.
d’Arcy is equally compelling and engaging whether talking to a 6-year-old about what being a ‘Global Citizen’ means, or a Minister responsible for making a funding decision related to saving kids’ lives.
I can’t speak more highly of d’Arcy and know that I speak here on behalf of many others that he regularly works with across schools, foundations and civil society to encourage young people to contribute to their community and their world.
d’Arcy has this unparalleled ability to make you feel like you can change the world. And once you set on the path to do so, you actually realize, that you indeed can.
For me, this memory captures everything that makes d’Arcy such a remarkable advocate and educator. His commitment to living his beliefs, to humbly engage others in his journey, and his no nonsense approach to building community.
d’Arcy creates conversation wherever he goes. I know with the people and workplaces that have had d’Arcy in their lives he is not soon forgotten — he creates and keeps relationships all across the world.
Let me introduce myself. On the 13th of August you came to Ivanhoe Grammar School and did a speech on Sustainability. I was at the assembly in the crowd. I’m a year six student. Your speech really inspired me and sparked my interest. I wanted to thank you for that. I think you are an incredible individual and I admire your work. I’m not a sustainability leader and I’m not anything special. But I think everyone needs to step up and do something to help the earth and give back to the community. I have always wanted to make a veggie garden in my backyard, but I don’t know how. I have always wanted to donate to something, but I don’t know how. I would love it if you could write back and help me start making my Teaspoons of Change. You are making a difference. Thank you.
Hi d’Arcy. My name is Georgia.
In 2019, I founded my own clean up group in Singapore – One Planet. I organise community and beach clean ups around Singapore and encourage others to do their own. I am very excited as we just collected our 10th tonne of rubbish last week – something I would never have believed possible in such a clean country.
I wanted to let you know that I attended one of your parent talks at Dulwich College (Singapore) a few years ago now. You talked about how you had stopped buying water bottles. At the time, I thought it was a crazy idea, especially in somewhere as hot as Singapore, but decided to give it a go. All these years later, I think I have only bought 1 or 2 in desperation.
Anyway, just wanted to reach out and say thanks – I found your talk very inspiring, and it helped me work harder with my clean ups – I am proud that I am making my own Teaspoons of Change!
d’Arcy sees the big picture of international harmony, equality, justice and social justice for all. He gets in does the work with people and is always sharing it with others and building their capacity to empower themselves to then empower others.
One of the challenges for speakers at this event is to connect with the adults and students in the room and you were able to do that magnificently. Feedback from guests was as positive as that of the students.
Keynote presentation at All Saints School, Gold Coast, Australia. 1 Aug 2018.