17 years old Mya-Rose Craig to get Bristol University honorary doctorate

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Mya-Rose Craig

A teenage environmentalist set to be awarded an honorary doctorate has said it feels “unreal” to receive such recognition at the age of just 17.Mya-Rose Craig, also known as Birdgirl, set up Black2Nature to help engage more children from minority ethnic backgrounds (BAME) in conservation.

Bristol University said she would become the youngest Briton to receive an honorary doctorate.Professor Rich Pancost said she had made “a real difference in the world.”Bristol artist Luke Jerram is also set to receive an honorary doctorate at the ceremony later.Mya-Rose’s work, which she started when she was 14, includes designing grassroots projects for teenagers from BAME communities to help them learn about conservation.

She said thinking about receiving the award “still feels unreal”.”Everyone has been really excited for me, but I must admit at first when I got the email I thought it wasn’t real and I wasn’t sure what a doctorate was,” Mya-Rose said.

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