Recent reports on the state of our natural world have drawn stark attention to the unfolding environmental crisis. So our search for young changemakers, to trail-blaze solutions for a more sustainable future, is more critical than ever.
Natalie Kyriacou, founder and Chief Executive Officer of the environmentally focused social enterprise My Green World, is a Young Champion of the Earth changemaker. She is on a mission: to remind us of our intrinsic connection with nature and of how caring for our biodiversity is fundamental for the future of life on Earth.
Through innovative, youth-focused education and Kids Corner, a mobile game app that gamifies the concept of wildlife conservation, Kyriacou is committed to equip today’s youth with the knowledge, experience and tools to meet the challenges that will define their generation.
We asked her what inspired her on her journey, and how we can better prepare future generations to tackle our environmental crisis.
What inspired you to found My Green World?
The rate of species extinction and the consequences of environmental degradation were too important for me to ignore. I found a problem that required a solution. It was really as simple as that. I feel that as a global citizen, it is my responsibility and my privilege to play a role in the future of planet earth and all its inhabitants. I started My Green World because I felt that young people would benefit from a platform that allows them to connect with nature conservation in a positive way. To me, education is the most empowering and effective tool to address the world’s greatest challenges.
How do you spark environmental curiosity among youth?
By allowing and encouraging the discovery of a child’s individual talents, passions and learning styles, we can promote lifelong learning opportunities and create the most effective tool in addressing the world’s greatest environmental challenges. Through My Green World, we aim to empower young people to learn, take action and pioneer environmental conservation solutions in their communities. We aim to inspire curiosity by ensuring every person has access to engaging, inclusive and accurate environmental education.