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Anuska’s activism

28 November 2023, Impact of Our Work

From marching in the streets, to addressing global leaders

I truly believe that children are not simply ‘the future,’ but they are agents of change today.


Children are experiencing multiple, overlapping crises like we’ve never seen before. But they are also speaking up − against hunger, conflict, inequality, poverty, and the climate crisis. They want a fairer, greener, and safer world. Together with children, Save the Children called on decision-makers at this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to turn promises into action by investing in, protecting, and engaging with children. One such young person is Anuska. 

The power of representation

Anuska is a 17-year-old climate activist from Nepal and a Save the Children Red Alert and Generation Hope Campaigner. Her experiences witnessing disasters devastate her local communities set her on a path that would lead her to addressing global leaders. 

“One of the very first inspirations was my mother, a social worker,”  Anuska says, “she would take me to various
programs, but I loved plantation and participating in cleaning campaigns the most.
These experiences instilled in me a profound connection with nature, where I felt most secure and joyful.”

In the lead up to the 78th Session of the UNGA and Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Summit 2023, Anuska spoke with the UN SDG Action Campaign about her journey and vision of a more sustainable future. 

“My personal journey into climate activism began when I won a National Speech Competition focused on the “Roles of Youth and Children in climate action”  she explains, “the allure of climate action captured my attention … I began participating in conferences and awareness video campaigns to deepen my understanding of our planet’s condition … To be able to represent a lot of children, mainly girls, is pure bliss for me.”

Istia, 18, from Bangladesh, Maureen, 16, from Zambia, and Anuska, 17, from Nepal, who Save the Children supported to attend the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) week in NY, USA.

The frontline of the climate crisis

Anuska draws on her personal experience to inform her advocacy and bring awareness to the interconnected impacts of the climate crisis.

“I have witnessed firsthand the devastating impacts of natural disasters in my community, including earthquakes, forest fires, landslides, floods, erosion, droughts, erratic rainfalls, and monsoons. These events threaten our economy and overall development. For instance, food shortages occur with insufficient rainfall, and rising temperatures lead to crop failures.”

However, rather than allowing the enormity of the challenge to overwhelm her, Anuska maintains an optimism and belief in collective action and emerging leaders. 

“It’s evident that addressing these challenges requires collaboration and a shared commitment to change. 

I believe the world can come together to bring about positive change on a larger scale, just as my community rallied together to recover and rebuild.


“Developing countries produce fewer anthropogenic (man made) greenhouse gas emissions, are vulnerable due to industrial countries’ emissions. Thus, industrial countries should pay developing countries for emissions reductions, while the developing countries should focus on mitigation of global climate change,”  says Anuska. 

“Every positive change starts from within and gradually evolves into a united driving force that gives us hope
that we can still do better,” 
says Anuska, pictured here with other youth activists.

From marching in the streets, to addressing global leaders at the SDG Summit, Anuska is speaking up to push for urgent climate action to protect children's futures. You can read her full interview to learn more about her journey and incredible work. As Anuska reminds us, “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children.” 

Photos: Save the Children.

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