INDIA. Kashmir: At the tender age of three, little Filza Faheem from Srinagar, Kashmir has become the young face of climate change in the valley. At a age where most of the kids are busy playing with their toys, Filza is dedicated in conserving the ecosystem. Her passion and love towards her environment has been widely appreciated by the people and authorities.
On World Environment Day, Filza was awarded with a memento and a certificate of appreciation by the South Asian Voluntary Association of Environmentalists (SAVAE) for her efforts in protecting the ecology. SAVAE is a Kashmir based organization that focuses on environmental policy in South Asia.
Last month, the SAVAE had called for online applications aimed to identify and promote young environmental ambassadors. Talking about this, the Program Manager of SAVAE, Salama Ashai said, “We identified and tracked down these young and budding responsible climate activists to project them in the centre stage and be the cheerleaders of critical environmental concerns that confront us all.”
Ashai added that Filza aims to plant a sapling every month. Every month she plants different kind of trees like apple trees, almond trees in many geographical areas of the valley.
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Talking to Transcontinental Times, Filza’s father, Dr. Faheem Massodi said, “I have always encouraged my daughter regarding climate change. I believe that parents play a vital role in children’s upbringing. Like, I have taught Filza to plant a varied variety of trees in various districts of the Kashmir valley.” Dr. Massodi also requested every parent to inspire their children and show them the importance of protecting our environment.