ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MAHIMA HAZARIKA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

St. Xavier's College | Kolkata, India | Advancing SDG 13 & UNAI 9

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" Driven by a constant feeling of eco-anxiety and frustration about climate change, particularly the plastic crisis, I want to ensure a clean and habitable planet for my future generations. With large-scale overconsumption, our currently lifestyles are perpetuating a long cycle of waste, where most of what we consume is plastic - something that will live on long after we are dead. To see a world with minimum plastic (if not completely plastic-free), I want to use the opportunity of this Fellowship to make my vision a reality. So that I can be guilt-free when I am passing on our home (Earth) to future inhabitants. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: OWaste

Team OWaste is focused on working towards the advancement of SDG 13–Climate Action. They campaign against the mass production and usage of plastic by actively spreading awareness about its harmfulness. The key aim of the project is to drive citizens to produce as little waste as possible by reorienting their day-to-day decisions, including food habits, waste disposal, consumption pattern, etc. OWaste believes that while individual efforts matter, large-scale systemic changes can only take place if the corporations producing plastic are held responsible and called out. As an attempt to do this, the team plans to constantly write to companies, governments, and local joints, as well as reach out to consumers, convincing them to always carry reusable bottles, straws, bags, etc. while stepping outside. Cleanups are also an integral part of this venture.

About the Millennium Fellow

Mahima Hazarika is a highly motivated and inquisitive student, currently enrolled at St. Xaviers College, Kolkata. Coming from the North-Eastern part of India, nature and music have been things that always surrounded her. Having a mom with an academic background and a musical dad, these are virtues that were basically passed on to her. Passionate about environmental justice, sustainability, zero waste and fashion, she expresses these in her personal blog Green Is Sustainable. Apart from that, she actively engages in content writing, social media management, and social work, and has a degree in classical piano. Frustrated with the current climate crisis, she decided to partake in this Fellowship as an attempt to challenge the popular use of plastic through advocacy, awareness, accountability, and to lead systemic social change.