My name is Karuna Rana i was born on 30 January 1988 in the island of Mauritius.
Karuna is a final year undergraduate student in the field of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at the University of Mauritius.
She interned at Phoenix Beverages Ltd in Mauritius, where she mainly worked on two projects – Water Minimization and a Solid Waste Audit for the entire site.
She co-founded an environmental association Green Initiatives for Africa (GIFA) in Mauritius. Through her association, she undertook a paper use optimization project in her community whereby the association collected paper used only one side and sent it for subsequent reutilization in places such as pre-primary schools. The project was awarded the runner-up of the Youth Excellence Award 2009 for preservation/protection of the environment, organized by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in Mauritius.
She was also involved in the promotion of the UN-led ‘Seal the Deal’ campaign, was chosen as the sole Mauritian delegate to attend the Inaugural Summit of One Young World and was selected to speak in the plenary session of “The Environment and its protection” whereby Kofi Annan introduced Karuna as a “campaigner for climate justice”.
Karuna believes that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like Mauritius has a bigger challenge to face in terms of dealing with the consequences of Climate Change. On the other hand, she strongly believes that the current young generation has everything it takes to be the change-makers. Moreover, she says “We need less talk and more action. Individual small actions do make a big impact.”