I want every child to become a well-informed change maker who can act as positive influencers for their friends and family. I believe small actions from each of us can make a big difference to the world.
These videos are just some of things I do to be kind to the planet. If more children like me start doing similar things, we can create even bigger positive changes.
I was honoured with the Points of Light Award by the PM Mr. Rishi Sunak and the commended by the Deputy PM Mr. Oliver Dowden.
I am very happy for the PM and Deputy PM to have recognised my work and will be even happier when I see more children and adults around the UK and the world start making small changes in everyday life that can have a big impact all around us to create a more sutainable and safe world.
In a personal letter 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.”
Really enjoyed speaking to Dan- I am a big fan!
Caring for the planet and doing things to care for it should be as simple and common-sense led just like caring for one’s teeth. More the number of adults and children understand that, the better it is for me and you. Pass on the message to your friends and family to make sure we all can enjoy a safe, secure, peaceful and sustainable world.
Thank you Mr Oliver Dowden, MP for forwarding my message to the world leaders in COP27, through Mr Sameh Shoukry, the Presidency of the summit.
My message was quite simple – if all of us start doing things ‘just to save ourselves’ from the dangerous impact of climate change, with all honesty, it will surely help us and in the process the whole world.
That is why I say, be ‘truly really super selfish’ to save the planet and yourself.
After I was awarded the British Citizen Youth Award at the House of Lords in 2022, I was interviewed by Farzana Chaudry at BBC. I discussed how I started campaigning for the Global Goals from when I was 3 and what have I been doing since. Thank you BBC and Farzana for helping me spread my message about the Global Goals.
We children grow up quickly and need clothes and shoes more often than adults.
However, do we realise that buying brand new clothes and shoes every time we need one is a major cause of global warming and climate change? An easy way to avoid our demand for new things is to always buy used things from shops that sell those including charity shops. I recently bought a pair of used boots from a local charity shop, Barnardo’s. I am happy that the money will go for a good cause and help other children like me, I will help the environment buy not buying new boots and also save money in the process.
New shoes, clothes or any other things we buy are made in factories and those factories need fossil fuels to run machines for these to be made. The more we buy news stuff, more fossil fuel is burnt. The green house gases released by burning the fossil fuels heat up the planet and causes global warming; eventually causing climate change, rising sea levels, storms and floods to name a few.
Find out more ways of how I am trying my best to be kinder to the planet on my youtube channel.
We generally throw away overripe bananas. I have shared a simple recipe using overripe bananas, seeds mix, berries and oats. It is very healthy recipe and uses no added sugar or butter. Preparation time ~10 mins. Baking time ~30 mins.
You too can create yummy recipes using food we often throw away and stop food waste.
ALWAYS TAKE THE HELP OF A GROWNUP WHEN USING THE OVEN.
In the summer of 2021, I wrote to the British Prime Minister requesting him to ask teachers in the UK to teach children about the UN SDGs. However, I realised that I needed to write to all the world leaders so that children all over the world could learn about the global goals and do small things to act on those. Hence, I wrote over 193 letters to all the leaders of the world.
What has been achieved
- So far I have received responses from leaders, governments and representatives of the following countries.
UK, Germany, Canada, Croatia, Namibia, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Portugal, Norway, Serbia, St Lucia, San Marino, Jamaica, Scotland, Wales, N. Ireland, Belgium and Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Sweden.
- The UK Secretary of State for Education, Mr. Nadhim Zahawi, responded to my letter and mentioned that they will consider my request for the upcoming Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for Education and Children’s Services.
In April 2022, the Global Goals were incorporated in the Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy for Education and Children’s Services. This strategy will ensure that sustainability and climate change education in the UK can empower over 16 M children (and eventually their families) to act on the Goals.
The Mayor of London has also promised to consider my request when revising the London Curriculum.
- Many of the leaders or their governments promised to consider my request and make changes to their national curriculum. Other leaders or their governments informed me that they are already working on integrating SDGs to their national curriculum and thanked me for my efforts. When my school came to know about this, they too agreed to act on my request.
In 2021, I decided to give up my birthday gifts altogether and instead requested friends and family to donate to UNICEF UK for my birthday. This is because I wanted my birthday gifts to help create a better future for me and all other children rather can create more material waste!
What have I achieved
Only if another half a million children like me across the UK raise a similar amount every year instead of receiving gifts (that are mostly plastic anyways) on their birthdays, that end up in landfills within months or even days, charities like UNICEF would have £125 Million to help the estimated 10 million children in danger across the world.
If children from other developed parts of the world join in doing the same, even more children across the world would benefit.
Please contact me if you would like to join forces to raise funds with me.
Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem. Use of fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are killing them. The changing climate and lack of wild flowers to draw nectar from is also reducing their numbers. Our tidy lawns, and manicured gardens are not helping bees either. They need more natural habitat to flourish. Without bees, flowers won’t be pollinated and we won’t get enough food. Especially during the summer months we can help bees with a few simple tips that I have mentioned in the video. I hope we all can do small bits to help the bees of the world!
I have been volunteering for the “Microplastic free 2030” campaign since I was 3 years old.
This is an awareness campaign run by the Centre for Big Synergy(CBS), a CSO of the UN DESA, and aims to educate 1 billion children (and their families) about microplastic pollution and inspire them to combat it. Through the project, children and eventually their families will be inspired to make conscious choices of products and practices, to be able to limit major causes of microplastic pollution by 2030.