The Sustainable Schools
Virtual Summit

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OUR SPEAKERS ARE FEATURED IN


Sustainable Schools

Virtual Summit Mission

 

Calling Headteachers, Teachers, School Business Managers, Directors of Education, Inventors, Professors, Specialists in Sustainability:

Together we can leverage each others' expertise, experience, concepts, ideas and innovations to transition all schools into Sustainable Schools. Collaboration means saving schools money by assessing every aspect of a school's input and output to ensure it achieves sustainability as well as carbon neutral efficiencies.  These efforts result in sustainable schools incorporating new skills to ensure that both the schools and the communities they serve will thrive in this era of climate change.

 

  • Re-imagining and Evolving Schools to become Sustainable Schools
  • Blending Human and Ecological Well-being 
  • Integrating Sustainability and Climate Change SDGs into every curriculum subject
  • Empowering future inventors and innovators to generate sustainable solutions
  • Reducing carbon footprints through revolutionary programmes

Expert Presentations & Interviews

Meet Us at the

Sustainable Schools Virtual Summit!

 

 

Our panel of experts speak on:

  • Revolutionary Programme built and trialled with a group of schools in the United Kingdom that deliver measurable tracking of each participants’ personal carbon footprint reduction.
  • Empowering future inventors and innovators to create and discover new solutions for a sustainable future.
  • Incorporating thoughtful mediation and action into sustainable living.
  • Highlighting the importance of integrating Sustainable Development Goals into all schools' curricula for natural and human well-being.
  • Assessing student sustainability competencies as part of the Sustainable Schools virtual summit.

 

Join our team of experts As They Present Their Sustainability Strategies, Money Saving Results of Sustainability Practices  and their Cross-Curricular Climate Curriculums. 

 

What Worked, Why, Where, When, How.

MEET YOUR

SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUMMIT

HOSTS

Melanie Harwood

Education Specialist & Entrepreneur

Melanie Harwood is an Education Specialist that is passionate about developing innovative education packages to close the attainment gap and deliver the deeper cognitive thinkers of the future. This Sustainable School Summit is just one example of how and what she creates and curates in order to serve educators and their communities. With her drive to generate systemic changes for the health of our children and our planet, unites experts so that we can all learn from each other and generates solutions.

Denise Meissner, OTR

Occupational Therapist, Entrepreneur & Mother of a son with autism

Combining her 30 years of Occupational Therapy expertise with her 20 years experience of being a mother to her son with autism, Denise creates and presents programmes, courses and workshops to schools as well as national conferences. Her focus is on supporting carers/parents/educators of children with Special Education Needs so they can create joyful learning and living experiences with each other and with their planet.

MEET YOUR SUSTAINABLE SCHOOLS SUMMIT SPEAKERS

Access to Summit Only Until 31 March 2021

Lisa Pugh

eduCCate Global Sustainability & Climate Change Lead Teacher, Environmentalist, Conservationist

Speaks About...

  • The Revolutionary Programme she has built and trialled with a group of schools in the United Kingdom, that delivers measurable tracking of each participants’ personal carbon footprint reduction.
  • How she is now joining forces with eduCCate Global and including the Carbon Footprint Buster Programme as part of the eduCCate Global Bronze Award outline. 

Melati Wijsen

Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags

& YOUTHTOPIA 

Speaks About...

  • How To Be A Successful Youth Climate Activist
  • How She Mobilised All The NGO's, Charities, Agencies, Activists in Malaysia to insist on the banning of single use plastic bags and WON!

Joanna McFarlane

Award Winning Biologist and Educator

Scotland, UK

Speaks About...

  • Supporting learners’ recovery with  Joanna’s ‘Wild Planet Explorers’ series and improving pupil engagement through movement and exploration.
  • How a Blended Learning/Flexi-physical Schooling approach is going to ensure we deliver the scientists and biologists for the Green Economy.

Margaret Land

Sustainability Officer,

St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust

Speaks About...

  • Building Trust and developing relationships
  • Understanding and guiding the Trust to reduce its carbon footprint
  • Inspiring and supporting practical action in all our schools
  • Seeking out and building environmental relationships and partnerships outside of their
    Trust to create new opportunities for all their students

Robert MacKay

Consultant,

Greentech Energy

Speaks About...

  • Like Albert Einstein, children instinctively know they cannot solve todays problems with the same thinking that was used when their forefathers made them. Meeting the inventors and solutions of tomorrow requires they discover new ideas and innovation for themselves so they can create their future.
  • So where do they look for solutions? BrandNewDay2020 educates genius in harmony with a Greentech 21st century of thoughtful meditation and actions which gives life to its joy.
  • BrandNewDay educating genius.

Asha Alexander

Principal

M.S. in Educational Leadership

Speaks About...

  • Why climate change education is more important than ever for vulnerable people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • How we became the first school to train every member of staff to be an EduCCate Global climate change teacher and the media attention that brought climate change education into the mainstream.

Sarah Namutebi

Headteacher,

Uganda

Speaks About...

  • The disturbing results of the COVID19 Lockdown on children in rural regions in Uganda, Africa.  Abuse, homelessness, lost learning, digital access for only the elite and wealthiest whilst the poorest have no phones and no access to data.  
  • The children raped whilst collecting firewood and the more than 500 rape related pregnancies of children now locked out of the education system altogether due to shame and societal barriers.
  • Unsustainable living practices and lack of knowledge to use solar cookers, efficient food cooking low tech solutions.  
  • Books, Chairs, Tables, Computers and access to the internet in a school in Uganda.  How they cope and what their Recovery Strategy will be. 

Vasiliki Kioupi

Science Teacher and Environmental Educator, Imperial College, London

Speaks About...

  • How the global crisis has highlighted the importance of integrating Sustainable Development Goals into all schools' curricula for natural and human wellbeing.
  • Assessing student sustainability competencies as part of the Recovery Curriculum in Hammersmith and Fulham Sovereign Borough Council Schools.

Emma Barber

Managing Director,

DGrade

Speaks About...

  • How recovering and recycling plastic in schools will negate the Eco-Anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress from COVID-19. 
  • How educators can help children enjoy positive eco projects such as the Simply Bottles outreach for DGrade recycled clothing.

Claire Robinson

Headteacher
Holme Grange School -Wokingham

Speaks About...

  • The need to cultivating curiosity, a sense of awe and wonder, an appreciation of the world and a love of learning, developing a curriculum that actively encourages stewardship and social responsibility.
  • The importance of equipping and empowering staff to support pupil development – building a knowledgeable sustainable learning community
  • A commitment to building teams, both within her own school and the wider community, local, national and international – as through collaboration and partnership we can make a difference and leads on driving sustainable initiatives.

Tim Collins

Co-Founder EdUnity

Digital Communication Systems

Speaks About...

  • How Schools can use school apps to save money and the planet.  

     

Vijaya Kumari Sathyan

Head of School

Westminster School, Dubai

Speaks About...

  • How her school worked throughout the  COVID-19 lockdown to produce five Sustainability and Climate Change Leadership Teams
  • From Fear to Sustainable Safety: The current trialling of two Blended Learning Online programmes to increase global awareness and protect children’s futures from disease and disaster.

Susan Krumdieck

Professor, Author and Leader in
Energy Transition Engineering

Speaks About...

  • Her research interests are in energy systems - in particular the large scale changes to existing complex energy systems required to meet the requirements for mitigation of global warming.
  • She has proposed a new specialization in engineering called "Transition Engineering" which works in this space: projects to adapt and change existing systems in the forward operating environment.

Graham Boyd

CEO and Founder

Evolutesix

Speaks About...

  • The practical actions we can take to grow ourselves bigger than our challenges, build profitable impact businesses, and a regenerative circular global economy to rise to the challenges of the Climate Emergency, the 17 UN SDG, etc 

     

Robin Happel

Environmental Law Student

Yale School of Forestry, Joint J.D. Program

Speaks About...

  • Puzzled by the Paris Agreement? Learn more about climate law in this friendly, entry-level explainer video that's geared towards students, not just barristers and attorneys 
  • Climate law is an emerging area of litigation around the world. In this video, learn how climate law intersects with securities law, international human rights law, and other UN frameworks

Matthew Benjamin

Founder of Kapes

Speaks About...

  • Helping schools reduce their environmental impact by switching to sustainable school uniforms
  • Climate Crisis awareness to empower children to be more connected to the things they wear and buy, the people that make these things, the places they are made, and the impact that this has both environmentally and socially
  • Generation of conscious consumers who will help us get out of a situation that previous generations created.

Anna Turns

Environmental Journalist, Lecturer, and

Co-founder of Plastic Clever Salcombe

Speaks About...

  • The power of integration – why we need to see the bigger picture and join the dots because everything is connected.
  • The importance of foresight – we need to plan ahead, educate and retrain in readiness for a greener, more circular economy.
  • There is so much possibility for positive change and effective action if we get our house in order now!

 

SCOPE

Schools Conference of Parties Expo

Speaks About...

  • Highlighting the role of UNCC and the need for Climate Action
  • How we as adults have destroyed a planet we have inherited and how we must look to our children to address this change
  • Stories of change that have come about through climate literacy courses and the work of the eduCCate Global.

Kenneth Kwok

Founder and CEO

Global Citizen Capital

Speaks About...

  • We are in the Decade of Action, and the time is now. Collectively, KIDsforSDGs have launched a series of in-person and online workshops on how to transform society through learning with Education and Innovation for Sustainable Development in Asia. Our ongoing for-profit and non-profit work, focused on experience-based learning, with schools, other educational organizations and youth communities in the region have been recognized by the UN SDG Action Campaign.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tragic impact on human life around the world: killing hundreds of thousands of people, causing global economic decline and school closures in over 180 countries. It has challenged the structures of our societies and our ways of life. This disruption also presents a historic chance to redesign our societies and reroute from the current path. Adding on systemic inequalities which have prevented the fair and equitable distribution of educational resources to all, this issue is exponentially compounded for the marginalized communities.
  • We as a community have to call upon both public and private sector to “build back better”, and change education to meet the climate emergency through the SDGs and the Agenda 2030. We should reassess what we learn, where we learn and how we learn to ensure we develop the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that enable us to make informed decisions and actions on global problems such as the climate crisis and the COVID-19 crisis. This is done through Impact = Innovation x Inclusion principle of KIDsforSDGs, by open-sourcing technology generously contributed by Fortune 500 companies and start-ups alike, and making them available, accessible and affordable to all.

Sania Anand

Student

Mount Litera School International

Speaks About...

  • From personal experience, I know the importance of instilling the values of preserving our earth in children and providing them with accurate information to empower them to spark change. We as children have the advantage of viewing the world in a different light and have a vision that isn’t blurred by corruption and greed. All we need is the opportunity to access information, share our ideas and most importantly, teachers who are aware of effects the current climate crisis is going to have on our way of life and hope that we will be able to combat it.
  • In the time I have interacted with my classmates and people in my community on the topic of sustainability and individual action, I have found that most people are simply not aware of the negative effects global climate change is having on our health and daily lives. I have also discovered that by providing individuals with information and encouraging the small actions they take to lead sustainable lives, we can help mould them into activists, with innovative solutions, advocating for change.
  • As many say, children are the future of our planet and by empowering them with knowledge, training and opportunities, we might be able to achieve the seemingly, elusive dream, of a sustainable and equitable future.
  • In my speech I mention the power of choice we as privileged individuals and consumers have. We have the ability to pressurize the private sector to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and change their production and packaging methods.
  • It is vital that we realize that no one is too young to influence change and that the first step towards a more sustainable future is harnessing the power of education and the power of choice.

 

Erfan Firouzi

Student

The Westminster School

Speaks About...

  • His research works and what he has done within the past few years to spread awareness.
  • How we can save our planet?
  • The importance of the natural world 

  • Our dependency on biodiversity 

  • The Idea of sustainability, having more benefits than losses

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT

THE SUMMIT & SOME OF THE SPEAKERS

Anna Turns

Environmental Journalist, Lecturer, and

Co-founder of Plastic Clever Salcombe


Anna Turns is a journalist specialising in sustainability with 20 years’ experience working in the media and an Oxford University degree in biology. She writes regularly for publications such as Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Evening Standard, Positive News, Resurgence and Coast.

 

Anna’s work falls into the realms of constructive journalism – she focuses on progress, innovation and solutions, often highlighting untold stories about changemakers from around the world in the features she writes for the press. Anna is currently writing a book about the toxic chemicals in our homes and joining the dots between how they impact us and the health of the planet. Alongside her young daughter, she co-founded Plastic Clever Salcombe, part of the national, child-led Kids Against Plastic initiative and saw first-hand the importance of excellent environmental education from an early age.

 

Melati Wijsen

Founder of Bye Bye Plastic Bags & YOUTHTOPIA 


Melati Wijsen is a 19-year-old full time changemaker from Indonesia. She founded Bye Bye Plastic Bags when she was 12 years old with her younger sister and has been leading the movement driven by youth since 2013. She also started the people movement One Island One Voice and the social enterprise, Mountain Mamas.

 

Melati has spoken on world stages such as TED and the UN and has also been selected as FORBES top ten most inspiring women in the country. She graduated from high school one year early at the Green School and has since been honored by TIME as part of the most influential teens in the world along with CNN Heroes Young Wonders and FORBES 30 under 30. Today, Melati is excited about her new youth empowerment project; YOUTHTOPIA, empowering youth through meaningful and short peer to peer programs and providing them the tools they need to be young changemakers.

  • How to be a successful youth climate activist.
  • How she mobilised all the NGO's, Charities, Agencies and Activists in Malaysia to insist on the banning of single use plastic bags and WON!

Margaret Land

Sustainability Officer,

St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust


Since May 2020, Margaret Land has been given a 12-month contract to lead the St. Margaret Clitherow Catholic Academy Trust as their Sustainability Officer. Her aim is to nurture and grow environmentally responsible children, deliver financial savings and promote the reputation of the Trust.


She is sharing her learning across the 17 Schools in this newly formed Trust. She is also working to inspire their Trust/School leaders and all their staff/governors to act as role models for the environment, encouraging them to lead by example and sharing how they are making changes in their own lives at home to care more for the environment through my ‘Care for Our Common Home’ regular bulletins.

Robert MacKay

Greentech Energy Consultant


Following a 40 year career in energy production operations worldwide I followed an immersion program in transition and transformative energy engineering solutions. Starting with MIT Boston's Entrepreneurs Growth Program in 2011 this stimulated a comprehensive learning program of MOOC university courses promoting critical analysis of present global energy issues and practical field studies undertaken in Africa and the Far East.

 

Specialties: Operations, Commissioning, QHSE Manager. TQM techniques, Root Cause Analysis.

 

Roles: Oilfeld Consultant to Sinopec China, Maersk Oil Qatar, Sonangol Angola and ENI Agip West Africa.

 

Presently engaged in start up company operations as Research and Development Director of a unique, new hydrocyclone turbine. Patented and validated by testing at Southampton University, activity is now moving towards funding for a full system test in 2021 that will result in low cost energy for all.

Matthew Benjamin

Founder of Kapes


Matthew Benjamin is the British founder of Kapes, a UAE born sustainable school uniforms brand, catering to schools globally. Having spent the last 3 years building and running sustainable bespoke menswear tailor, Benjamin Siggers, his desire to have a positive impact on a larger scale grew. Learning all he could about the impact that manufacturing clothing has on the earth, Matthew decided to take his learnings into developing sustainable school uniforms.

 

Armed with the tools and knowledge acquired from Benjamin Siggers, and prior to this, while launching and managing an office for Tom James, the world’s largest custom clothing company, Matthew is now able to further develop his passion for finding sustainable solutions within textiles and adapt this to school uniforms through his work with Kapes.

 

Through Kapes, Matthew hopes to play an integral role in empowering children to become change-makers, using Kapes as a tool to educate children about sustainability, encouraging them to be more connected to the things they buy, those who make them, and the places they are made. As these children become adults, they will inevitably be more conscious consumers, educating the generations to come through setting an example. By creating a new standard in the school uniforms market for quality, sustainability, and transparency, Matthew hopes to make a difference and disrupt the market. 

Vasiliki Kioupi

Science Teacher and Environmental Educator


Vasiliki is a Biologist by training and an experienced Science Teacher and Environmental Educator with almost ten years’ experience teaching in Greek public secondary schools. She has served as Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) coordinator and teacher trainer in a large school district in Athens Greece (150 schools) for three years.

 

Currently, she is pursuing her doctoral degree at the Centre for Environmental Policy of Imperial College London (ICL) in the field ESD from a systems thinking perspective, with special emphasis on the development and assessment of competences for achieving the SDGs (or sustainability competences) in learners. She received a prestigious President’s PhD Scholarship from ICL to fund her research and she is member of the Greater London ESD network. She has published her research in Scientific and Educational Journals and acts as reviewer of publications for conferences and Journals in the fields of Sustainability and Education.

Emma Barber

Managing Director, DGrade


Beginning her career in 1991, selling branded fashion, she moved into buying at Costco Wholesale in 1994. This role involved buying high end and luxury product in high volumes. 

 

Her next role, at TK Maxx, was responsible for buying, OTB, stock management and annual sales budgets for the ladieswear division.

In 2005 she relocated to the Middle East as Business Director for Fast Fashion within Al Shaya. Having worked in a variety of different sales and buying functions such as off price, high volume and luxury fashion, this now added franchise retailing to her experience.

 

In 2010 she moved to the Landmark Group in Dubai to head up their International Franchise Business. Managing a team of Brand Managers, Merchandisers, Operations and VM Managers running 120 stores across the GCC.

 

Moving to DGrade to take on a sales and operational role enabled her to ‘make a difference’ in a Green industry, striving to create a better environment.

Claire Robinson

Headteacher
Holme Grange School -Wokingham


Claire is an experienced headteacher, having established a school driven by the ethos which promotes a truly holistic education for every child, where all are valued and develop into young people who will contribute proactively and positively to society. Building a school from around 200 pupils to 600 pupils under her leadership and extending the school age range to teach up to GCSE. Claire has worked with leadership teams supporting schools to bring about change and raise standards and believes Sustainability supports school improvement. She is ambitious in her goals but has a recipe for success in leading change.

 

In 2005 Claire was awarded Headteacher of the Year in a Primary School for the South of England, in the National Teaching Awards. Claire is a visionary head and always looking for ways to build a better school community for all those in it, which contributes to a vision for a sustainable future.

Robin Happel

Environmental Law Student

Yale School of Forestry, Joint J.D. Program


Robin Happel is originally from east Tennessee, near the center of coal country. She has worked with the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, the Bronx Zoo, the UN Environment Programme, and other NGOs devoted to sustainable development. She has also represented the UN Association at the 2020 High-Level Political Forum, the UN Youth Climate Summit, the Global Climate Action Summit, and currently as a Global Goals Ambassador for Climate Action.

 

As an environmental law student, Robin is deeply passionate about environmental and climate justice, and helping to ensure a just transition for coal country and other frontline communities around the world. During law school, she has collaborated with Pacific Islands Students Fighting Climate Change on emerging climate litigation pathways, and has also worked on climate risk and indigenous rights.

Susan Krumdieck

Professor, Author and Leader in

Energy Transition Engineering


Susan Krumdieck worked at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury for 20 years. She is the director of the Advanced Energy and Material Systems Lab. She is the co-founder of the Global Association for Transition Engineers. She is currently the academic leader of the Islands Centre for Net Zero (ICNZ) in Scotland. The mission of the ICNZ is to pioneer the shift projects and steps along the decarbonisation pathway with the people, councils, organisations and businesses

 

Her research interests are in energy systems - in particular the large scale changes to existing complex energy systems required to meet the requirements for mitigation of global warming. She has proposed a new specialization in engineering called "Transition Engineering" which works in this space: projects to adapt and change existing systems in the forward operating environment.

 

Some publications are available on the Research Gate:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Susan_Krumdieck/

Graham Boyd

CEO and Founder

Evolutesix


I believe we can rise, phoenix-like, from today's burning global challenges. All of us, and our children, can thrive in the coming decades, because we can build a regenerative global economy, an ecosystem of regenerative businesses.


Today I apply the expertise gathered across three careers (particle physicist, manager with Procter and Gamble, serial startup founder) to bring that vision to reality. I incubate regenerative startups; am starting a seed stage investment fund for ecosystems of regenerative startups; consult to multi-nationals and start-ups on harnessing conflict to drive their own regeneration; and I have just published "Rebuild: the Economy, Leadership, and You, a toolkit for builders of a better world."

ECO Club

The Westminster School

eduCCate Global Eco-Leaders Secondary


Celia Maneia, Aaminah Patel and Aliza Muzaffer came from different subject backgrounds in Year 10 that exposed us to the grave environmental issues around the globe. Later they found that they shared a common interest in regards to taking an action against climate change as a whole. Hence, in Year 11 they formed a team under the guidance of Ms.Vijiaya Kumari Sathyan and Ms.Nilambari Gokhale, who appointed them as the Green Ambassadors of the Westminster School, Dubai.


For their initiative, they agreed that schools are the most optimal places to tackle environmental issues, and promote a sustainable and environmentally friendly lifestyle. Their vision is to tackle three main agendas which are to promote a sustainable fashion system, reduce, reuse, and recycle plastic and paper. They  believed that the textile industry is one of the top contributors to global warming and land waste, along with plastics taking the lead on all three fronts of air, water and land pollution. While conserving paper is key, as trees are a necessity to maintaining a balanced and healthy ecosystem. We also intend to take our vision nationwide to other schools.


Overall, they aim to pursue a more sustainable and self-sufficient path throughout all school procedures and processes by reducing textile waste through the implementation of cloth bags instead of plastic bags, and ensuring plastic free grounds to the extent of the school’s capabilities. As well as, reducing more than 80% of paper used by schools, and guarantee the firm establishment of basic practices for saving paper in our routine lives. They expect staff, students and parents to understand the financial and environmental benefits that arise from the application of their sustainable vision, and to be more active in promoting eco-friendly practices.​

ECO Club

The Westminster School

eduCCate Global Eco-Leaders Primary


Mohammad Muhaddis, Manaal, Muhammed Harib, Daneen are students of  Primary Eco-club members of The Westminster School, Dubai studying in Year 5 & 6

Sania Anand

Student

Mount Litera School International


My name is Sania Anand and I am currently 15 years old. I have grown up in the city of Mumbai, watching it rapidly transform into a concrete jungle. Living in this industrialized city in a developing nation, I have heard of numerous floods, heatwaves, droughts and pollution that have robbed thousands of their lives and livelihood. My curious nature drove me to investigate the cause of these disasters and further developed my understanding of global climate change. I was shocked to learn that despite knowing the consequences of their actions, businesses continue to exploit natural resources, release pollutants and destroy the environment in the name of economic growth. Understanding that my actions, driven by the theory of consumerism might be responsible for the hardships others are facing conflicted with my values and I knew that something had to be done.

 

It struck me that after recognizing that I actively contribute to global climate change and how it is impeding on the human rights of thousands to an adequate standard of living and more importantly, right to life, I instantly sought to find ways to live a more sustainable life and support those who are advocating for legal action. I realized that by informing my peers and others in my community about how global climate change is violating human rights and that we have the resources to mitigate the negative effects of climate change, I would be able to encourage them to also take action.

 

Although I am still a child with little experience and a lot to learn, I know that my peers and I have privileges others do not, I know that we children have the ability to communicate my ideas and I know that we have the power to spark change in our communities community.


As I have an insatiable desire to learn more and share what I had learn with those around me, I was encouraged to educate students in my school about the health effects of climate change, which is often seen as the 'Human Face of climate change', to make them aware of the gravity of the situation we are in. Throughout the process, I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to communicate with Melanie Harwood who patiently answered my numerous questions about sustainability and the role we play in global climate change. I have also created a social media page to advocate for the power of choice we as consumers have. I spend my days researching, finding new ways to reduce my carbon footprint, encouraging those around me to make conscious decisions and of course, learning about the climate crisis! I hope to continue learning more and enabling those around me who have the privilege of accessing information and making green choices to lead more sustainable lives.

Erfan Firouzi

Student

The Westminster School


I am Erfan Firouzi and I am 16. I have always loved the natural world, and so started researching scientifically on animals and plants within the past 6 years or so.

 

Within the past 6 years of my research I have been to different habitats that provided a home for different Creatures from insects, all the way to the humpback whales.Within the last few years I have also been creating videos, podcasts and online classes in order to help spread an awareness about our living planet, while at the same time using my animal and plant specimens to create an awareness to children and adults across the globe.”

 

I was at first inspired by Sir David Attenborough and till today he is my role model, As Sir David Attenborough says: "An understanding of the natural world and what's in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment." I believe that until people understand how the natural works, they won’t pay time or care about it. We need to understand, to care and care, to save.

 

Despite learning many, many new things, I also learned that the natural world is dramatically fragile, yet if given the chance and care it can recover beyond or imagination, and since then I have been working extra hard, by creating documentaries about the natural world, organizing online classes, participating in Environmental campaigns and also spreading much more awareness in the younger generations by getting them closer to the natural world with the help of my preserved zoology and botany specimens.

 

It has also been a great opportunity to be able to be a part of the top 100 wildlife blogger crowds in the world, who are making the world a better place and also participating in the ECO heroes award, and a more immense opportunity to be able to contact different natural agencies in the UAE (environmental Abu Dhabi, Nautica Environmental Assoc.) and also being able to join in the sustainable schools UAE zoom meetings and also being able to hear and speak to sir Robert Swan in a meeting.

 

I have also been sharing my passion for wildlife and the natural history, In science events like GIC in gems modern academy and I have also been organizing my own nature events one of which is my new group documentary called Earth Our Living Planet and also a group that I recently organized called nature ambassadors.

 

I truly love and admire Sir David Attenborough, he is my role model and the person who inspired me to become a young naturalist, researcher, conservationist and to spread awareness about our beautiful natural environments.”

“Our living planet is truly a very unique place, it provides with our daily needs and supports during hard times. I t is now the time that we support our planet and its unique biodiversity.” and I want to be Sir David Attenborugh one day, a successful scientist, environmentalist, conservationist and naturalist

Raheen Fatima

Standup Comedian, Theater Actress, Interviewer and SDGs Ambassador


I am Raheen Fatima, 13 years old girl from Pakistan. I am a standup comedian, Theater Actress, interviewer and SDGs Ambassador. My goal is to empower People around me.

 

Awards:

  • 25 Under 25 Extraordinary Women of Pakistan by The Little Art

 

Stand-up Comedy/Actor:

  • Youngest professional stand-up comedian in Pakistan
  • Theater actress (created plays for children’s rights, underage marriages, child abuse, gender equality) showcased at Children's Literature Festival
  • Junior member of Lahore Int’l. Children’s Film Festival

 

Teaching/Learning/Networking/Entrepreneurship:

  • Teaching English online, 3 days a week with a US English teacher
  • Conduct online interviews of national and international personalities - conducted over 300 interviews and sessions
  • Ambassador for a community building game called MeWe, which binds communities together in a playful manner
  • Member of Mindplore, a dialogue group of learned scholars from around the world, where all professors are above 50 years of age except me
  • IdeaGist a US-based digital incubator, working in the Pakistan Startup program under Prime Minister Kamyab Naujwan’s Scheme. Recently, I hosted the graduation ceremony of this program where I interviewed Ministers, Vice Chancellors of many Universities, and CEOs
  • Youngest social entrepreneur ever selected by the National Incubation Centre, working with two NGOs for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Development Program. I have my own social enterprise start-up to address the SDGs

Humanitarian:

  • Sustainable Development Goals for Kids Youth Ambassador at the SDG Academy - help youth learn about and participate in achieving the SDGs
  • Ambassador and Panelist for International Children's Month - have conducted and will be regularly conducting children's sessions on peace, love, and respect and care for all children and children's rights

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