Around the world, governments are trying to figure out how to solve the most pressing environmental issues – from air and water pollution to global warming and sea level rise.
So, what on earth can we do to fix these problems? It may seem overwhelming but the first thing to do is something!
Meet Aahna Rangnath – an eight year old from California deeply committed to environmental justice. She is an elementary school student who is doing something! Aahna is on a mission to motivate kids to help transform the environment.
The aspiring author is working on publishing her first book entitled Green Girls.
The book follows a group of three friends who find a magic portal in Hawaii and travel around the world to save the planet.
Aahna, who is of Asian Indian descent, wanted to make sure that the characters in her book reflect the girls in her community. “There are not that many books about girls with brown skin so I made sure all my characters had brown skin, she said. “I want people to know that young girls can be powerful.”
Girls are indeed powerful and have the potential to create world-wide change.
According to a report from the National Democratic Institute, gender equality is a vital component of climate justice. “Women and girls are, and will continue to be, more vulnerable to the effects of climate change and environmental degradation,” the report stated.
More women and girls are needed to hold leadership positions and be at the center of environmental activism and governance.
Aahna is well on her way. When she grows up, she wants to be a scientist. “I want to be a dog scientist because I love my dog and I love science. I do a lot of science projects and I really enjoy them,” she explained.“ I also like doing science projects about water conservation.”
Good luck Aahna. We can’t wait to get our copy of Green Girls.