Iconic youth leader , global influencer , environmentalist, champion of children’s rights , peace and sustainability campaigner and a passionate advocate of women’s rights , 18 year old Kehkashan Basu is a trail blazer who has been challenging the status quo and breaking social strictures and taboos which impede the progress and rights of future generations. Winner of the International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan embarked on her environmental crusade at the tender age of 8. Kehkashan is a tireless civil society advocate for the Sustainable Development Goals and holds leadership positions in several organizations. Kehkashan is the Founder President of award winning global social innovation enterprise, GREEN HOPE FOUNDATION, through which she empowers children and youth, especially those who were marginalized and turns them into change-makers who address sustainability issues at a local level. Kehkashan has traveled globally to spread her message of peace, equality and justice and spoken at over 75 United Nations and other international forums travelling to over 20 nations. Her speeches have influenced policy making and motivated thousands of youth and adults alike. Kehkashan is a poet, musician and author and her maiden book “Tree of Hope” was launched at the 2015 United Nations Children’s Summit in New York.
About Green Hope Foundation
We are a youth led global social innovation enterprise working on Education for Sustainable Development, Children’s Rights, Peace and Environmental Protection by empowering young people and building effective partnerships with all stakeholders of civil society , policy makers and institutions. We engage and educate youth & adults alike, through our interactive workshops and conferences involving educational institutions, communities & corporates and complement these with ground level action campaigns which target the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Our actions are guided by the United Nations mandate of “Leave No One Behind” and our engagement programs are specially directed towards the empowerment of the world’s most marginalised sections such as refugees, orphans , the destitute and the homeless.The issues that we focus on are Climate Change, Social Upliftment, Land Degradation,Sustainable Consumption and Production, Peace ,Gender Equality, Biodiversity Conservation, Clean Energy, Future Justice and their overall impact on children’s rights.
Know Your Goals
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were formulated with specific targets in mind and to address key issues affecting our planet today. Each goal has its own importance but progress must be made in all 17 of them to ensure the overall objective . I believe that once children start taking environmental actions the next step for them is to get formally introduced to the SDGs and learn how their work can impact its implementation , locally as well as regionally . That is the objective of this workshop – we would need 17 groups , one for each goal . It would be a 2 hour workshop , with the first 20 minutes on a presentation explaining the goals . The next 40 minutes will be for the groups to brainstorm on actions or solutions to these goals – answering three questions how , whom , when . The last hour would be for each group to come up and explain these goals – using symbolism , either through drawings , a skit , a rap – its left to their creativity .
Indigenous Related Topics
It is very relevant to indigenous communities since most of them have been affected by a loss of habitat due to climate change and unsustainable practices. My workshop seeks to empower children , including indigenous children, in conserving their local environment.