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February 27, 2020 Thursday 12:39:37 PM IST

The youngest Briton to be awarded honorary degree

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A 17-year-old birder, conservationist, and environmental campaigner became the youngest British person to be awarded an honorary degree this month. Mya-Rose Craig, from Compton Martin near Bristol, was honoured by the University of Bristol for her activism and pioneering work, which includes campaigning for greater ethnic diversity in nature, conservation, environment, and wildlife filmmaking.

The sixth-former, yet to sit her A-Levels, is British Bangladeshi and set-up Black2Nature, with the aim of giving Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) communities' equal access to the natural environment, especially as their involvement in environmental action is 'essential for saving our planet'.

Mya-Rose, who blogs as Birdgirl, is the youngest person in the world to see half of the world's bird species – a passion which started at a young age and which has prompted an unprecedented love of nature.

She filmed her first documentary at the age of seven, organised her first nature camp for VME inner-city Bristol teenagers and Race Equality in Nature Conference at 13, having now organised nine camps and two Conferences. In September 2018 she wrote the 'Manifesto for Diversity in Nature Conservation' for naturalist Chris Packham.


Mya-Rose was nominated for the Doctor of Science honorary degree by Professor Rich Pancost, Head of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol.


(Content and Image Courtesy: https://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/february/mya-rose-craig.html)



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