Kimberly McCosker isn’t your typical Photo Journalist. Always getting involved in world changing projects from running Model United Nations Conferences to photographing the 2014 G20 Summit, she is constantly on the go.
Kim’s current mission is reducing the detrimental effects of landmines. Now that the 2,000 kilometre Thai-Burmese Border has become one of the most active landmine areas in the world, with 70% of it contaminated by mines, the urgency of action is clear. Kim is presently crowdfunding for a month long project with the organisation Safeground, in which she and another journalist will film a documentary at refugee camps in the Thai Burma Border Region. They will cover the humanitarian impacts of landmines and raise funds for removalist organisations to continue their work in the area.
So who is the young woman behind this impressive venture? We got to know her a little better:
What experiences have taught you the most?
“I think all of the big things I have undertaken have taught me different things – travelling.”
If humanity could download a quality, skill or talent, what should it be?
“Humanity! I think we all need to have a little more compassion and consideration towards each other and the world we live in.”
What’s something I should never try?
“Eating tarantulas in Cambodia. Apparently they’re a delicacy, but absolutely not worth it in any way. Ugh.”
What does work mean to you?
“Using the skills and strengths I have for things that are far more important than a pay check.”
How about a working definition of happiness?
“I’ve always defined happiness through a quote from Mahatma Ghandi: ‘Happiness is when, what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.’ I think to be happy you have to live life in a way that is true to your own personal goals, beliefs and morals.”
What’s the book you’d like to pretend you’re reading right now, and what are you really reading?
“I’ve always felt like I should be reading the classics, or important literature – something like Austen or Tolstoy or Dickens – but I really struggle to engage with those kinds of books. At the moment I’m re-reading one of my favourites, ‘Storyteller’ by Zoe Daniel. She’s a foreign correspondent for the ABC, and I’m really enjoying it because she is one of the very few Australian women that are working in the field that I want to work in. She’s a bit of an inspiration for me.”
What do your loved ones accuse you of?
“Working too hard and over-committing. I need to learn to have some ‘me’ time!”
Tell us two useless things the world would be better off without.
“Celebrity magazines and ‘reality’ TV.”
At what age did you become an adult?
“Quite young… I was always one of those kids that had conversations with adults, rather than other kids.”
If you could witness any event; past, present or future, what would it be?
“It’ll be the day that every country in the world signs the treaty to ban land mines.”
What is your favourite thing about humanity?
“No matter how much bad is in the world or no matter how terrible things seem, there’s always going to be someone or a group of people that will do something good to work against that bad. There’s always that kind of enduring spirit.”
If you could be any fictional character, who would it be?
“Mackenzie McKale from the Newsroom, absolutely.”
If you could learn anything, what would it be?
“I have a whole list of languages that I’d really like to learn.”
What’s the one important thing you want to get done today?
“I need to send tweets for an event. I need to tweet.”
Crunchy or smooth peanut butter?
“Smooth. That’s not even a question.”
To contribute to Safeground’s project on Pozible: http://www.pozible.com/theburmaproject
To find out more about projects like this: http://onehealth.development-sandbox.com/get-invovled