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UNITED KINGDOM

We Have a Dream

Mya-Rose Shanti Craig 

My Future My Voice Ambassador
Mya-Rose voices her passion for connecting kids to nature.

Mya-Rose is a British Bangladeshi ornithologist and activist. In 2020, she received an honorary Doctorate in Science from the University of Bristol and is said to be the youngest British person to receive such an award. Mya-Rose founded the non-profit Black2Nature to run nature camps for Black and ethnic minority children. Her efforts as a bird ringer (that helps in the identification of birds) won her the National Biodiversity Network’s 2018 Gilbert White Youth Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife.

Mya-Rose champions equal access to nature, global climate justice, the importance of reducing biodiversity loss, and a halt to climate change while keeping in mind the rights of Indigenous people. Her book We Have A Dream highlights 30 young environmentalists of color worldwide, including 11 Indigenous people. According to Mya-Rose, “media in the Global North rarely mention(s) efforts of Indigenous communities.” Her book amplifies their voices and fantastic work that most started from a young age.

Mya-Rose is called upon to speak at important climate forums and to write articles. She is featured regularly on TV and other media and her blog, Birdgirl, has a huge following.


SINGAPORE

Environmental Diplomacy

Xin Hui Woon

My Future My Voice Ambassador
Xin Hui presents her background in diverse fields and her pledge to keep speaking for those who can’t speak up for themselves.

Xin Hui is currently a Singaporean diplomat covering the ASEAN and Australia portfolios. Before her present role, Xin Hui made concerted efforts to understand the international environmental governance regime and how different players from across the globe could share best practices and collaborate on solutions.

In 2019, she was selected to represent Singapore at the U.S. Department of State’s Environmental Issues and Natural Resources Management Programme under the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative. There, she presented Singapore’s environmental challenges and solutions in discussions with U.S. government, industry, and civil society representatives and fellow Southeast Asian youth delegates. She was also selected to represent Singapore in ClimateForce 2041’s expedition to the Arctic along with representatives from 21 other countries. As the only Southeast Asian country represented on the expedition, hers was the voice for the region. In 2018, she organized the ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum and spearheaded the conference’s publication focused on the links between climate change, regional food, and energy security, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Xin Hui believes that judicious and equitable policy cannot be enacted without a firm grounding in science and understanding the perspectives of all stakeholders, especially of hitherto marginalized communities. She graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Social Sciences (First Class Honors) in Geography and Political Science, and studied systems modeling in her own time. Her stints as primates research intern at the Jane Goodall Institute and research assistant at the Institute of Water Policy allowed her to hone critical science communication skills and produce policy-relevant research on climate change, biodiversity loss, water, and natural resources.

Xin Hui was also a varsity football player and symphonic band musician for over ten years. She continues to enjoy fieldwork in Singapore’s forests and intertidal areas teeming with biodiversity, and is working on developing educational resources to augment eco-literacy in Singapore for different age groups.


PERU

SocialGood Peru

José Luis Enrique Arrieta Gutierrez

My Future My Voice Ambassador
José talks about his interest in educating people about climate change and his pledge to raise awareness about fighting climate change.

José is a country coordinator of the 16th UN Climate Change Conference of Youth (COY16). He is also a Climate Ambassador of the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN), an initiative of the World Bank Group Youth Community (Y2Y). José is the President & Co-founder of SocialGood Peru, part of SocialGood, an international community of changemakers convened by the UN Foundation. SocialGood Peru is a member of the UNEP Major Group for Children and Youth; YOUNGO – Youth NGOs in UNFCCC (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change).

A Climate Reality Leader trained by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and The Climate Reality Project, José is also a chapter Leader of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a TEDx Licensee and Managing Director of TEDxBarranco. He has taken part in several critical national forums, including as a Mentor Lead in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps: Virtual Training Latin America organized by Climate Reality.

Representing his organization, José took part in giving contributions during the Local Plan for Climate Change of the Province of Lima. José continues to contribute to the working of the National Strategy on Climate Change by 2050 (an initiative led by the Ministry of the Environment of his country). 

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