2086. Moksha Roy
Moksha Roy, aged 7, from Hertfordshire, is a British Indian, and has been the world’s youngest sustainability advocate. Moksha started volunteering for a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiative at age 3, against microplastic pollution, that was supported by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the UN task force.
7 year old Moksha continues to educate young people about sustainability in the UK via her school and to thousands of children around the world through radio, press and online platforms. Moksha volunteers for several sustainability campaigns, while hoping to inspire others to do the same, such as raising funds to help children in need for UNICEF, by volunteering to educate over one billion children and their families about microplastic pollution and how to prevent it, including to children in 24,000 UK schools and colleges.
Moksha has also assisted in educational sessions conducted by CBS for deprived schoolchildren in India and has provided messages at events, including at COP27.
In a personal letter to Moksha, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said:
“Thank you for the incredible way you are raising awareness about sustainability and shining a light on issues such as microplastic pollution. I was particularly impressed to hear how your video message was shared at the COP27.
“It is fantastic to see how passionate you are about helping other children learn about caring for our environment and encouraging them to make a difference.”
Deputy Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE, said:
“Moksha has set an excellent example in her work championing UN SDGs. She has gone to significant lengths to have these included in the school curriculum and has been in communication with leaders all over the world to encourage them to consider this. She feels strongly that education and individual action is crucial for fighting climate change, and her passion should serve as inspiration to others.
“She has also worked hard to make changes in her local community. Many of her friends and family no longer ask for birthday gifts, but instead ask for donations to charity. Her school no longer uses plastic glitter / confetti or plastic art supplies – this is a testament to her strong beliefs and ability to change those around her to create a better world.”
“I am very happy to receive the Points of Light award. I hope both children and adults get to understand that caring for the planet and its people and making small changes to everyday life should not be just for a few. It is just like brushing our teeth. We brush our teeth to care for it and avoid pain; similarly we can take care of the planet not for anyone else, but just us, to be safe.
“Each and every one of us can do small things in their own lives, work and community to combat the big challenges such as climate change, pollution, poverty and inequality. It is only when everyone starts taking positive actions, can we have a safer planet and a sustainable future.”
Moksha’s parents, Dr. Ragini G Roy and Dr. Sourav Roy, said:
“This is a crucial point in the history of the world given the devastating impact of climate change around us. What Moksha is doing shows us that even the youngest in society has as important a role in creating a tangible impact when it comes to acting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. We support her efforts in creating a fair, safe and sustainable world for everyone.”
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