Kehkashan Basu

Country representing

Canada

Languages

English
Bengali

Education

  • Will join University of Toronto in Fall 2018 as an undergraduate
  • Grade 12

Current organisation

Green Hope Foundation

Current role

Founder President

Skills and Expertise

Activism
Climate change
Human rights
Social entrepreneurship

Areas of interest

Environment
Human Rights
Leadership
Peace and Conflict
Sustainable Development

Website & Social Links

I am passionate about

Actions

I established youth sustainability organisation, Green Hope Foundation in 2012 to engage, educate and empower young people to drive positive change and mitigate environmental impacts. We now have 1000+ youth members across Canada, the Middle East and the Indian sub-continent. Using Education for Sustainable Development as a transformative tool, I conduct awareness workshops and conferences called "Environment Academies" wherein I use creative communication modes of art, music, song, dance, drama & sport to educate the youth on climate change, its impacts on gender and children's rights, loss of biodiversity, adopt renewable energy and make our cities sustainable. I have conducted over 100 academies in 10+ countries, directly educating over 5000 youth. We have planted over 11,000 trees worldwide, cleaned 100+ beaches, conducted waste recycling campaigns, led Earth Hour marches, conserved fragile mangrove ecosystems, led campaigns to save endangered turtles & rhinos and conducted workshops for Syrian refugee children & orphans and the homeless in India & Nepal. To inspire others, I wrote a book "Tree of Hope" about a young girl, like me, who turns her desert village into an oasis by planting trees. My book was launched at 2015 United Nations Children's Summit-New York and is part of many school libraries. I have spoken at 75+ United Nations and international forums such as World Bank & European Parliament calling on world leaders to take meaningful, time bound actions to address environmental issues. I write blogs, actively use social media for advocacy, create youtube videos and compose songs on climate justice. At 12, I became the Global Coordinator for UNEP's Major Groups for Children & Youth , being the youngest person to hold this position and this helped me to motivate the global youth fraternity.