A seven-year-old girl from Bushey has received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for her inspirational campaigning for a greener future.
Moksha Roy first started volunteering for an initiative in aid of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals when she was three years old, aiming to help create positive change and tackle environmental issues.
Since then, she has continued to support sustainability campaigns, including fundraising for UNICEF in their mission to educate more than one billion children and families across the globe about microplastic pollution and how to prevent it.
At the age of five, Moksha wrote to 192 world leaders, requesting them to ensure that children are made aware of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through their school curriculum.
Moksha has also assisted in educational sessions conducted by the Centre for Big Synergy for deprived schoolchildren in India, and made an awareness video about microplastic pollution.
On October 17, Deputy Prime Minister Oliver Dowden CBE, MP for Hertsmere, presented Moksha with the Prime Minister’s Points of Light award. This Downing Street commendation is bestowed upon a worthy citizen on every weekday of the year.
Writing to Moksha, 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.”
Moksha said: “I am very happy to receive the Points of Light award. I hope both children and adults get to understand that caring for the planet and its people should not be just for a few.
“Each and every one of us can do small things in their own lives, work and community to combat the big challenges such as climate change, pollution, poverty and inequality. It is only when everyone starts taking positive actions that we can have a safer planet and a sustainable future.”
Moksha’s parents, Dr Ragini G Roy and Dr Sourav Roy, said: “What Moksha is doing shows that even the youngest in society has an important role in creating an impact when it comes to acting on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.”