Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle Celebrate Kenyan and Ugandan Environmentalist

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle Celebrate Kenyan and Ugandan Environmentalist

Elizabeth Wanjiru Wathuti and Andrew Bownds Image: COURTESY

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have recognised Kenyan environmentalist Elizabeth Wathuti and Uganda’s Andrew Bownds’  efforts in conservation.

Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan Markle who are also the President and Vice-President of the Queens Commonwealth Trust, used their social media feed to recognise “young leaders helping our communities at a grassroots and global level – the inspiring individuals who have the power to lead the future, and are moving the needle every single day.”

They hope to “shine a light on a few of these change-making young leaders of the QCT, who are doing amazing things – not because they have to, but because they want to – a choice we all have in life.”

Liz Wathuti, 23, founder of Green Generation Initiative was recognised for “Focusing on deforestation, climate change and pollution – GGI has trained over 10,000 school children in being environmentally conscious and facilitated the planting of over 20,000 tree seedlings in schools, to help secure local school feeding programs,” they wrote on Instagram.

According to Liz, the main aim of Green Generation Initiative is to address global environmental challenges that “I have identified with since I was a child, including deforestation, pollution, and environmental injustices.”

Andrew Bownds, the young founder of Eco Brixs, which is “a closed-loop recycling system providing employment opportunities and creating a positive environmental impact in Masaka, Uganda.”

They also celebrated HeyGirlDreamer, a charity based in the UK, that was “created with female empowerment for the next generation of women of colour in mind”.

 

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Today is #InternationalYouthDay where we celebrate the young leaders helping our communities at a grassroots and global level – the inspiring individuals who have the power to lead the future, and are moving the needle every single day. As President and Vice-President of The @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust (QCT) – an initiative that champions, funds and connects Commonwealth youth leaders working to change the world – The Duke and Duchess hope to shine a light on a few of these change making young leaders of the QCT, who are doing amazing things – not because they have to, but because they want to – a choice we all have in life. We are proud to introduce you to some of these individuals whose stories leave us inspired by the potential of our younger generation. This is just a select few, but there are so many of you taking impactful steps every day – and for that, we say thank you…. and keep going! 1st Image – @LizWathuti: Founder of Green Generation Initiative (GGI), 23 year-old Kenyan, Elizabeth Wathuti is making incredible progress since starting the community-based initiative in 2016. Focusing on deforestation, climate change and pollution – GGI has trained over 10,000 school children in being environmentally conscious and facilitated the planting of over 20,000 tree seedlings in schools, to help secure local school feeding programs. 2nd Image – @HeyGirlDreamer: Based in the UK – GirlDreamer, founded by Amna Akhtar and Kiran Kaur – was created with female empowerment for the next generation of women of colour in mind. It has become a reliable platform to many, providing leadership development and community initiatives focused around social inclusion, delivering 12 leadership programs in 6 schools, training over 300 girls in valuable leadership skills. 3rd Image – @Eco_Brixs: Andrew Bownds, the young founder of Eco Brixs – a closed-loop recycling system providing employment opportunities and creating a positive environmental impact in Masaka, Uganda. This community based system starts with local people collecting plastic waste, which they deposit at local satellite collection stations in return for payment. Photo © @Queens_Commonwealth_Trust

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