Surat-based Khushi Chindaliya has given us a big reason to rejoice, by becoming the UN Regional Ambassador For India at just 17. By Tanvi Jain
Gujarat: Khushi Chindaliya, 17-year-old girl from Surat has been appointed as Regional Ambassador for India by United Nations Environment Programme Tunza Eco-Generation.
She says, "Impassioned about conserving environment. I appeal everyone to spread awareness to safeguard it." pic.twitter.com/sRhkLr5C1Z
— ANI (@ANI) September 22, 2020
Khushi Chindaliya, a 17-year-old girl from Surat, who upon seeing the greenery around her hometown turn into a concrete jungle started working towards conserving nature, has now been appointed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza Eco-Generation (TEG), as their Regional Ambassador for India. “Impassioned about conserving the environment, I appeal everyone to spread awareness to safeguard it,” she told ANI.
“When my family and I shifted to the new house in the city, I used to see greenery all around. The Chikoo trees near my house sheltered several birds and we were surrounded by nature. As I grew older, I saw the greenery turn into concrete jungles and realised that my younger sister would not be able to enjoy the beauty of nature as I did in my childhood. This was the point when I became more aware of nature and looked for ways to protect the environment around myself,” ANI further quoted her as saying.
On being asked by the Times of India that what inspired her to achieve the role of India’s Green Ambassador, she said, “My sensitivity towards the degradation of nature and understanding of its repercussions.”
📢Presenting our weekly winners (12th & final edition) of our online essay contest #Year1AC
🎉Congratulations to our young essayist Khushi Chindaliya✍️
⏭️ Head to our website to read essays describing the world #AfterCoronavirus
— UNESCO New Delhi (@unesconewdelhi) July 15, 2020
Moreover, Khushi’s essay on the topic — ‘The Lockdown affected men and women equally. At home, it also forced them for instance to share household chores. Do you believe this crisis will have long-lasting consequences on gender roles and stereotypes in the country? — has also been chosen by UNESCO, to publish in the book – ‘Year 1 AC (After Coronavirus): Essays by 100 Young Indians’.
“Congratulations to our young essayist Khushi Chindaliya,” UNESCO New Delhi tweeted.
Furthermore, she is already a member and the international ambassador of the National Society of High School Scholars, an international society run by the descendants of Sir Alfred Nobel in 2019.
Taking great pride in her daughter’s achievement, her mother Binita told ANI, “We had a green cover near our house where several species of birds and animals would frequent. Khushi would always go with her younger sister to observe them from the balcony. I have always raised my children to be environmentally conscious and keep the environment clean. I am very proud that Khushi has been given such a big responsibility.”