Australia-based climate activist, Nabilah Chowdhury is the 2022 Under 21 winner of the Canon Young Champion of the Year category at the Global Good Awards. As well as her work advocating for campaigns such as School Strike 4 Climate Action and #FundOurFutureNotGas, she has been an active volunteer at Taronga Zoo’s YATZ (Youth At The Zoo) programme for the past five years and is passionate about wildlife and conservation.
“We immediately recognised Nabilah as a Young Champion for her commitment to climate action and nature conservation,” says Louise O’Driscoll, Sustainability Communications Specialist. “As a campaigner and United Nations Youth Delegate, she’s volunteered her time to be part of the conversation around climate change and has demonstrated great care and compassion, which shines through in her personality. When we met to record a video about her journey, it was clear that she wants to make a change in the world and is the kind of person who will stand up for what she believes in and inspire others to do the same.” Louise asked Nabilah to tell us about what her activism means to her and how it has shaped her young life.
“I grew up inspecting leaves and beetles in East London, constantly learning about the natural environment around me – which wasn’t much, honestly. However, the little balcony in our apartment was truly my space, with what felt like hundreds of vegetables and fruits like strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes and so many more. In 2014 we moved to Australia, and I began to see more wildlife and animals than ever. It constantly shocked me to see the vast number of animals. In 2017, my passion really turned into a reality when I became a youth volunteer member at Taronga Zoo. It wasn’t long before I became a leader.