He is also one of four finalists from Asia.
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A Malaysian named Mogesh Sababathy has made the country proud as one of the 20 finalists globally to be shortlisted for the Commonwealth Youth Awards this year, beating out over 1,000 entries.
The 23-year-old is also one of the four finalists within the Asia region, representing Malaysia with youths from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
How the Malaysian is saving our oceans
The award is meant to recognise outstanding Commonwealth youth whose projects are transforming lives in their communities and helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
For the Universiti Malaysia Terengganu graduate with a degree in Marine Biology, it started with ‘Project Ocean Hope’, a youth-led group that aims to raise the visibility of ocean issues and environmental conservation through campaigns and youth leadership training.
I would like to thank The Commonwealth for recognising our efforts. I would also like to thank all the lecturers and staff of Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT) for the continuous support and encouragement and for providing us the platform to develop and making Project Ocean Hope a reality.Mogesh Sababathy to Bernama
Project Ocean Hope has run educational community projects to reduce littering and unsustainable fishing practices, and an ocean literacy webinar series on waste management, reaching over 10,000 individuals across 15 countries.
Yet, often it is what young people do which makes all the difference, especially now at a time of unimaginable human suffering inflicted by the pandemic and economic crisis.Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General
As a finalist, Mogesh will bring home a trophy, certificate, and £1,000 (approximately RM5,553) to expand the impact of their projects.
This isn’t Mogesh’s first foray onto the international arena, though. In 2019, he was one of five Malaysians who represented the country at the ASEAN Plus Three Youth Environment Forum to discuss marine debris and its impact.
With years of dedicated efforts, there’s no doubt that the young Malaysian is making a difference in saving our oceans. Congratulations, Mogesh!
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.