A 5-year-old girl from Bushey who wants to grow up in a fairer and more sustainable world has taken the initiative to write to world leaders to help further the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for young people.
Moksha Roy, 5, has written to 192 world leaders in her free time, requesting them to ensure that children starting as young as her are made aware of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through their school curriculum and are also taught to act on those goals through everyday activities.
Moksha’s mum, Ragini Roy said: “Moksha thinks that if she can understand the necessity of the Global Goals for a better world, other children too can, and they can then do small things to combat bigger challenges like climate change, pollution, poverty, gender inequality as well as other issues we are facing today.
“She believes that most children can act on the Global Goals in their daily lives as she does, by saving water and power, planting trees and wild flowers, offering sugar water to save the bees, buying fewer clothes and toys, stop buying plastic toys altogether, recycling and donating things to name a few.”
Moksha has already started receiving responses from several UN ambassadors and heads of state, acknowledging the importance of her initiative.
George Vella, President of Malta said: ”I would like to thank you for your letter and compliment you on your initiative to write to world leaders requesting their assistance to help you in encouraging the children in their respective countries to make the 17 united nations sustainable development goals ‘their own’. I take the opportunity to wish you every success in your future studies and hope you will achieve all your dreams.”
The family have also had responses from the governments of Germany, Canada, Namibia, Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Belgium and Austria, that they are considering Moksha’s request.
Ragini added: “As the mother of a 5-year-old, I realise that when children are growing up and developing their ambitions and aspirations, exposing them to the ideas of sustainability, fairness and equality through the Global Goals would create more thoughtful and considerate global citizens in the coming future.”