Mya-Rose Craig is a 18-year-old British Bangladeshi young birder and environmentalist from the Chew Valley and writes the Birdgirl blog .
She became the youngest person to receive an honorary doctorate of Science from Bristol University; was a Bristol European Green Capital 2015 Ambassador; was listed as one of Bristol's most influential young people in 2014; in 2019 was listed as one of Bristol's BME top 100 and top 50 most influential power lists as well as a Guardian local hero.
She has organised three conferences, nine nature camps for young people, written many articles, appeared in the media, given 50 talks, spoken at conferences such as being on a panel on Sustainable Future Cities with George Monbiot and Caroline Lucas MP.
She was a Minister in Chris Packham's 2018 People’s Manifesto for Wildlife, speaking at his People’s Walk for Wildlife in front of 10,000 people in Hyde Park, spoke before Greta Thunberg to 40,000 youth strikers in Bristol, and has had lots of meetings at Downing Street and Parliament. Mya-Rose is also involved in organising Youth Strikes for Climate, Youth for our Planet highlighting issues with biodiversity and species extinction, and has set up a Chew Valley Extinction Rebellion group. She has written in New Statesman and the Big Issue.
Anantha Duraiappah took the position as inaugural Director of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) based in New Delhi, India in 2014.
In his previous post at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), he initiated and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). He was the Co-Chair of the Biodiversity Synthesis Group of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and founding director of the Inclusive Wealth Report released at the Rio+20 Summit in 2012. Dr. Duraiappah is presently focusing on strengthening the science-policy guide in Education by researching and exploring how the neurosciences of learning can contribute to developing emotional & intellectual intelligence through innovative digital pedagogies.
Anantha told us why he happily accepted our invitation to be a patron:
"The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations are truly a unique achievement for humanity, addressing issues and concerns that are universal as opposed to just being limited to some countries. We must realise that we all live together in one precious and beautiful planet. We cannot possibly maintain the beauty and the well-being of our planet if we do not act collectively, and be kind and compassionate towards each other.
The Global Goals Centre strives to address three overarching objectives of the 17 SDGs; putting an end to extreme poverty, fighting inequality and injustice and tackling climate change. The focus on these three objectives is what attracted me to the Centre and inspired me to be a part of its team. In addition, the emphasis on working with youth as active agents of change resonates with my own passion and belief that our future is dependent on the voices of the young. Being a patron of the Global Goals Centre will allow me to spread the message of universality, empathy and compassion as key necessary conditions to achieve the SDGs.
I look forward to working with the Centre as we collectively work towards making the SDGs a reality."