Kehkashan Basu, UAE-based Indian teen, wins Children’s Peace Prize

Kehkashan Basu, UAE-based Indian teen, wins Children’s Peace Prize

  • Award-winning teen environmental activist Kehkashan Basu said ecologists should “not lose hope” in their battle to fight climate change, despite scepticism from world leaders including U.S. President-elect Donald Trump.
  • She was awarded the prestigious International Children’s Peace Prize.
  • World leaders, CEOs, negotiators and activists attending a U.N. conference in Marrakesh voiced concern following election of Mr. Trump, who has vowed to withdraw the U.S. from a hard-won global agreement on climate change.
  • Ms. Basu is being honoured for the work done by her child-run organisation Green Hope, based in the United Arab Emirates, which now has more than 1,000 volunteers in 10 countries around the world.
  • The ambitious teen founded Green Hope at the age of 12 and within four years managed several successful environmental projects, including planting 5,000 trees in Colombia, France, Mexico, Nepal, Oman and the United States.
  • What started as one young girl’s initiative is now a sizeable organisation... with a management team comprised entirely of children who even use their own pocket money to fund their environmental activities.
  • Apart from planting trees, Green Hope also focuses on activities such as cleaning up mangrove swamps around the UAE as they draw special attention to the threats facing fragile coastal forests.
  • Mangroves are considered vital to coral reefs and fisheries and serve as important buffers for coastal cities against rising sea levels and storm surges.
  • Prize is awarded annually “to a child who fights courageously for children’s rights”. It also includes a 100,000 euro ($106,000) investment for projects in the winner’s home country.
  • Past winners include Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai and the prize’s first recipient, Nkosi Johnson, a South African boy who shone a light on the plight of children with HIV/AIDS.

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