Proper Job are thrilled to be hosting a short talk and Q&A with Dr Mya-Rose Craig (AKA Birdgirl) on Thursday 25th March 7-8 p.m.
Mya-Rose Craig, also known as Birdgirl, is a 19 year old British Bangladeshi ornithologist and campaigner for equal rights. In February 2020, she received an honorary doctorate in science from the University of Bristol, and is said to be the youngest British person to receive such an award. Mya-Rose set up Black2Nature when she was 14 years old, a Visible Minority Ethnic (VME) led group which campaigns for equal access to nature for all.
She calls on white-led organisations in the nature conservation and media and environmental sectors to do more to engage with young VME people, and speaks of the racism inherent in nature conservation.
Mya-Rose was a “Bristol 2015 Ambassador” during the city’s year as European Green Capital.
She is a bird ringer and won the National Biodiversity Network’s 2018 Gilbert White Youth Award for recording terrestrial and freshwater wildlife. She contributed to Chris Packham’s A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife and spoke to a crowd of 10,000 at the Packham-organised People’s Walk for Wildlife.
At the age of twelve, she had a column, “Birding Tales”, in the Chew Valley Gazette. Her writing was also published in New Internationalist when she was thirteen.
She has made a number of national television appearances and interviews, including the BBC’s The One Show and ITV’s News at Ten. In 2010, she was featured in a BBC Four documentary (filmed in 2009, when she was seven years old), Twitchers: A Very British Obsession, alongside Lee Evans.
The talk and Q&A session will be held via Zoom on Thursday 25th March , 7pm-8pm. This talk is free of charge and we welcome all to join this inspiring talk.