Moksha Roy, a 7-year-old Bushey resident, has made headlines globally by becoming the world’s youngest sustainability advocate.
Moksha’s dedication earned her the prestigious ‘Points of Light Award’ from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak back in July.
Earlier this month, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden presented her with the award certificate and a personal letter from the Prime Minister in a heartfelt ceremony in Bushey.
Moksha expressed her gratitude by gifting Mr. Dowden ‘Moksha’s Rainbow of Change,’ a symbolic piece crafted from local woodland, representing the diverse avenues toward sustainability.
The painting, created by Moksha herself, will now be displayed in Mr. Dowden’s office in Whitehall, aiming to inspire others to contribute to positive change.
Moksha’s advocacy work, which has impacted the lives of millions, was commended in the letter from the Prime Minister.
In his letter, Mr Sunak said, “I was inspired to hear how you have written to all world leaders to encourage them to teach children about the importance of sustainability.
“Today, I am pleased to write to you. I want to thank you for the incredible way you are raising awareness about sustainability and issues such as pollution from microplastics. I was particularly impressed to hear how your video message was shared at COP27.
“It is fantastic to see how passionate you are about helping other children, supporting them to learn about caring for our environment and encouraging them to make a difference.”
He added, “you are setting a shining example for others to follow. So I am delighted to recognise you as the UK’s 2086th Point of Light.”
Moksha’s advocacy has not only influenced global leaders and government policies but has also inspired millions of children and adults worldwide.
Her efforts bore fruit in 2022 when her advocacy led to the inclusion of UN Global Goals in the UK Department for Education’s Sustainability and Climate Change policy. This policy, now being rolled out to over 16 million children in the UK, reflects Moksha’s lasting impact.
In addition to her advocacy work, she continues to educate children about sustainability through various platforms, including her website, YouTube channel, radio, press, and school initiatives, both in the UK and Asia.
Moksha’s efforts were also recognised with the British Citizen Youth Award in 2022. For more information about her initiatives, please visit www.moksharoy.com.