A 6-year-old Indian-origin girl Aleesha Gadhia wins UK PM’s award for climate campaign
A six-year-old Indian-origin girl Aleesha Gadhia who campaigns to raise awareness of deforestation and climate change issues was on Thursday named a winner of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s daily Points of Light award.
Aleesha Gadhia is a climate activist and mini ambassador for UK-based non-profit Cool Earth and has raised over GBP 3,000 for the organization, which works alongside rainforest communities to halt deforestation and lobbies businesses to create more sustainable practices as reported by NewIndianExpress.com
Gadhia becomes the 1,755th person to receive the British Prime Minister’s Points of Light award, which was launched in 2014 to recognize people making a difference in their communities.
She has also set up a climate change club at her school, encouraging others to look after the environment and include activities such as litter picking and planting trees. “I feel really excited and happy to have won the award.
Thank you to @RuthEdwardsMP for meeting with me today and answering all my questions on #ClimateCrisis #climatechange and questions from @coolearth. You listened & answered everything in so much detail can’t wait to meet again to plant our trees! #trees #rainforest @BorisJohnson pic.twitter.com/dIzv1lHe2u
— Princess climate change (@ClimatePrincess) August 26, 2021
I am really grateful and honoured to have Prime Minister Boris Johnson to award and write a letter to me. I never thought I would receive such an award,”Gadhia said. “Climate change is a really important issue and I hope raising awareness will tackle this problem.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me, including my teachers Mrs Heatlie and Mrs Wandand. Thank you also, to Cool Earth for making me their first youth ambassador,” she said. Gadhia was recognized with the honor for also writing hundreds of letters and emails to some of the UK’s largest companies and most influential people to encourage them to take climate action.
After her win, Ruth Edwards, Gadhia’s local MP for Rushcliffe in Nottingham, said she is absolutely delighted to hear the news. ”I have had the pleasure of meeting Aleesha, who is currently raising money for ‘Cool Earth’, last month and I think she is setting a great example of what we can all do to help our environment. This award is truly well-deserved, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Aleesha and her campaign,” she said.
I can’t wait to see what Aleesha goes on to do next, thank you for inspiring us all! pic.twitter.com/bv0gRKkznx
— Ruth Edwards MP (@RuthEdwardsMP) August 26, 2021
“I have had the pleasure of meeting Aleesha, who is currently raising money for ‘Cool Earth’, last month and I think she is setting a great example of what we can all do to help our environment. This award is truly well-deserved, and I can’t wait to see what’s next for Aleesha and her campaign,” she said.
“I would like to do my part and try and save the rainforests. All the money raised will go towards making this a greener planet,” she said of her fundraising drive.
“Climate change is a very important issue, and I hope raising awareness will overcome this problem. Thank you to everyone who supported me through this journey, including my teachers Mrs Heatlie and Mrs Wandand. Thank you to Cool Earth for choosing me their first youth ambassador,” she added.
Gadhia’s parents, Kiran and Pooja Gadhia, added: “We are so proud of Aleesha, she has done so much over the past year for someone so young. She has inspired us all and we hope she continues on this amazing journey.”