Seventeen-year-old Khushi Chindaliya from Surat has been passionately involved in the protection of the environment. Her passion has now resulted in her being appointed as Regional Ambassador (RA) for India by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Tunza Eco-Generation (TEG) this September.
She is now India’s green ambassador. Speaking to The Times of India about her achievements, she said,”My sensitivity towards the degradation of nature and understanding of its repercussions.”
Khushi told TOI, “A few years back when I first came to live in New City Light area as a child, I had befriended a chikoo (sapodilla sapota) tree near my house which was also the resting place of many birds. In fact, the whole area was green. But as I grew up, I kept seeing how concrete jungle crept in and replaced my greenery. I was worried that my younger sister will never get to see what I had enjoyed.”
That’s when her quest for saving the environment initially began. Khushi will now be working on several awareness projects with TEG till February 2021.
During COVID, Khushi invested all of her time working on the environment.
Given the COVID restrictions, Khushi will be working on her awareness plans online.
“This month I will be sharing reports and speaking on what my government is doing for the environment and how education can help arrest the decline. I get to interact with RAs from across the globe and understand situations in their part of the globe as well,” she explains.
Khushi is among 100 young people of India whose essays were chosen by UNESCO to be published in a book ‘Year 1 AC (After Coronavirus): Essays by 100 Young Indians.’ She was inducted as a member and international ambassador of the National Society of High School Scholars, an international society run by the descendants of Sir Alfred Nobel in 2019.