Kenya Ashcroft

Kenya, 16, is in her final year at Saint Kentigern College in Auckland, where she is a chair of the Environment council and head prefect of her house. She grew up exploring the natural curiosities of New Zealand's wild coastlines, rivers, mountain ranges and forests- meaningful family adventures that formed the foundation of her current deep-rooted environmental passion. Grateful for the opportunities to travel and experience different worldviews, circumstances and ways of life with her family has fueled her interests in conscious consumerism, the role of mass media in environmental efforts, global citizenship and youth involvement in sustainability.

Empowered by a world that still exists in Attenborough documentaries and National Geographic magazines, Kenya is passionate about using photojournalism as a beacon for environmental empathy, and generally changing the world.  She an avid debater,  UN youth NZ delegate, global citizenship course supporter and has played a key role in Coordinating Interschool Youth for Youth environmental conferences such as East Auckland Green Jam in 2017 and the Auckland Climate Challenge for 2018. In January 2018, she travelled to Swaziland, Southern Africa representing NZ as a particpiant in the United World College Together for Development programme. Kenya yearns for her generation to live in a sustainable future where young people feel excited and empowered to get involved with the nature around them and their environmental communities.