"Time is running out: we must do something now, otherwise polar bears will live under palm trees soon"
Name
Kehkashan
Country of origin
The United Arab Emirates
Current country
Canada
Age
18
Theme
Environment
Kehkashan Basu won the International Children's Peace Prize in 2016. She was born on the 5th of June - World Environment Day - in the United Arab Emirates and now lives in Canada. Kehkashan is committed to the protection of the environment and a sustainable future. The organization she founded is called Green Hope.

My name is Kehkashan and I fight for the protection of the environment. I have always been fond of nature, it is in  fact my passion. The first thing that really hit me was the picture of a bird that had swallowed plastic. It made me realize I had to do something to make sure children  grow up in a clean environment. Environmental  deterioration poses a serious threat to all children. The ongoing change of the climate has a great influence on all of us. It is very  disturbing. We must therefore act now!  

The initiative 
I was 8 when I planted my first tree, my first action! With great enthusiasm and determination, I managed to get children and neighbours involved.  My dream got larger. The founding of Green Hope was the start of a green movement for children who want to save our earth. Every week more children join. Together we plant trees, recycle waste, organize educational outings and clean up beaches. 

Together we move the world 
KidsRights supports me as a changemaker in my fight for the protection of the environment. Meanwhile, Green Hope has become a global organization with thousands of young members. Awareness is the key to change, and so I organize conferences where children learn how to  protect the environment.  

My mission 
It is up to the youth to take the lead and make climate change slow down. Children can bring about change. My mission is to unite as many children as possible to fight for a sustainable future. Regardless of your age,  you can make a difference. Children are the future. I'm sure we, as real changemakers, can move the world. 

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