Batonbearer Josh Herne is a 16-year-old student who, despite his young age, has already lived an extraordinary life. At just seven years old, his family began their adventure of a lifetime, circumnavigating the world on a yacht called Carpe Diem. Josh spent several years bouncing between learning in schools around the globe and being home schooled by his parents.  

During their worldwide journey, Josh and his family spent three months in Fiji helping the local community rebuild schools in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston and also spent six months living in New Zealand. 

After being the first St Helenian family to complete the journey around the world, they felt inspired to take on more challenges in their life. They now live completely off the grid with their own clean water and electric supplies and have started an orchard. 

More recently, Josh has completed six weeks of work experience at the St Helena Police Station and Sea Rescue, during which he learnt more about maritime procedures, maintenance, and safety training. 

Josh represented St Helena as a Batonbearer during part of the hike up to Diana’s Peak- the highest point of the island. The Queen’s Baton Relay has never covered this area of the island, so it was a momentous journey. 

Watch the video below to hear Josh talk about how he and his community take on sustainability.