The Kenyan flag was flying high in Spain earlier this month as Six-year-old Karen Kimani braved the huge stage at the Little Miss World Festival finals as she recited a monologue on climate change to the world. Her eco-project won the top award and she was crowned with a silver sash overall.
Karen, who lives in Nairobi, Kenya, has been sensitizing the public to keenly follow the 3R’s in recycling-Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, in order to “to save the fish in the sea and trees on our beautiful land”.
Karen joined Little Miss Kenya in August 2018 during her holiday break out of passion. Her eco-project was crowned the best in Little Miss Kenya. This qualified her for the global Little Miss World United that took place in Spain from October 2nd-8th.
Karen has been exemplary in her academics at Harvest view Academy, and the top pupil in her class. According to KTN, Karen’s dream of a clean and safe environment came naturally as her parents noticed her concern with trash disposal around her neighborhood.
Karen’s mother says that while traveling in buses, Karen would see people throw empty plastic bottles through the window and ask “why did that person throw that bottle outside….who will collect it?”
It is after noticing her interest in conservation, that Karen’s parents started to invest more time with her, nurturing the interest, which to their surprise, developed so fast that she could do things on her own such as labeling trash bins to separate paper from plastic.
Karen’s dream is to become a doctor, but she said she first would love to see a cleaner and safer environment that will keep people from getting sick.
According to her parents, Karen’s current focus is school, but in the coming months, she plans to make good use of the connections made in Spain to further develop the Young Global Conservationists Network that she has formed with their help. The goal is to start an exchange program between local primary schools and others across the globe, learning about cultural differences in environment conservation and education.