Kehkashan Basu

The winner of the 2016 International Children’s Peace Prize, Kehkashan is a trail blazer who challenges the status quo and breaks social strictures and taboos impeding the progress and rights of future generations. She is an iconic youth leader, global influencer, environmentalist, champion of children’s rights, TEDx speaker, Climate Reality Mentor, author, musician, peace and sustainability campaigner, and a passionate advocate of women’s rights. Kehkashan is a tireless advocate for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. She is a United Nations Human Rights Champion, a National Geographic Young Explorer, and the youngest ever Global Coordinator for the UN Environment Program’s Major Group for Children & Youth. In 2018 she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence. She is the founder and president of the social innovation enterprise, Green Hope Foundation, a networking platform on sustainability for young people in 16 countries. She was named one of the Top 100 SDG Leaders in the world, and she is the youngest member of Canada’s Women in Renewable Energy forum. Kehkashan is a 2020 L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth Honouree and the recipient of the 2019 Innovator of the Year Award for Sustainability Education on behalf of marginalized children. She won the John Muir Conservation Award for Habitat Restoration, the Energy Globe Award, the Turner Prize for Social Change, and the Women Super Achiever Award. She has spoken at over 155 United Nations and other global fora across 25 countries. She is majoring in Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. Her hobbies include reading, art, singing, and playing the piano, guitar, and drums.

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