Mya-Rose Craig | Birdgirl
Sat 19 Nov 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Meet Mya-Rose Craig, otherwise known as ‘Birdgirl’. British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist, and diversity activist she has seen over five thousand different types of bird: half of the world’s species.
Mya-Rose is joined by fellow birder and award-winning nature writer, Helen Macdonald author of award winning H is for Hawk, to discuss her ornithological passions and her tireless campaigning for equal access to nature, and to end the climate and biodiversity loss crisis whilst also promoting Global Climate Justice. Come and hear what motivates this impressive 20-year-old whose latest book Birdgirl has recently published.
In conversation with writer Helen Macdonald
Venue: Palmerston Room
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Mya-Rose Craig is a 20-year-old British-Bangladeshi birder, environmentalist and diversity activist. She campaigns for equal access to nature and to end the climate and biodiversity loss crises, issues that she believes are intrinsically linked, whilst promoting Global Climate Justice. She is an Ambassador for Survival International and fights for the rights of indigenous peoples; she has previously written a book amplifying their voices. At the age of 14 she founded Black2Nature to engage minority ethnic teenagers with nature and at 17 she became the youngest Briton to receive an honorary Doctorate, awarded by Bristol University for this pioneering work. Also at 17 she became the youngest person to see half the world’s bird species and shared a stage with Greta Thunberg, speaking to 40,000 protestors. In September 2020 she held the world’s most northerly Youth Strike, travelling with Greenpeace, for whom she is an Oceans Ambassador, to the melting pack ice of the high Arctic.
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator and historian. Her book H is for Hawk won many prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, the Costa Book of the Year, the Prix due Meilleur Livre Etranger in France, and in the US was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her second book, Vesper Flights, was published in 2020. She writes a regular column in New York Times Magazine, and lives in Suffolk.