Young Conservationist Climate Leader
1729. Aneeshwar Kunchala
Aneeshwar Kunchala, aged 6, from Warrington, is a schoolboy and budding documentary maker who has created a social enterprise through his YouTube channel to promote the protection of wildlife from plastic pollution and deforestation, and raise awareness for hundreds of other young people about nature.
Aneeshwar started making his wildlife videos during lockdown in 2020 with support from his parents, as a way of reaching out to other children and help them develop greater awareness of nature. His documentaries have been watched thousands of times by users across the world, and he is now also creating his own cards and art prints to fundraise for animal welfare charities.
In a personal letter to Aneeshwar, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“I was inspired to learn about your wildlife documentaries, bringing your passion for conservation to your thousands of followers. I was pleased to see that your passions have led you to meet your hero, Steve Backshall, too!
“As we look forward to COP26, I am delighted to recognise you as a young climate leader who is helping to make the UK greener and cleaner.”
In response to receiving the award, Aneeshwar said:
“I am delighted and honoured to be recognised by the Prime Minister and to have received this Points of Light award. I would like to do more for animal welfare, and I hope all residents of this one planet will support me to give a beautiful and sustainable place to our future generations and wildlife.
“I hope to meet the Prime Minister and attend COP26 conference one day in person so I can tell him and the world leaders all about the work I have been doing to raise awareness among young people through short wildlife documentaries and tell how plastic pollution and deforestation is impacting the wildlife and planet.
“Save the animals and make sure nature looks beautiful. A small step can make a huge difference. Thank you to everyone who has supported the great cause.”