Maritza Morales Casanova

2012 Young Laureate, Environment
Mexico, Born 1984

Project Goal

Build a park for environmental education in the Yucatán

Location: Mexico

Maritza Morales Casanova believes that engaging young people in conservation requires giving them the opportunity to propose and take their own actions.

Morales Casanova demonstrated in 1995 that she was going to be a major catalyst for change when she launched HUNAB, an NGO for environmental education. She was 10 years old. Three years later, she won Mexico’s national Youth Prize for her proposal to build a specialized area where children and youth could be trained on environmental issues. Morales Casanova has won a string of national and international prizes in the past 10 years. She has also gained a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and undertaken specialized training in social planning, conservation strategy, leadership and freshwater aquaculture – all to aid her environmental work. A focus of her project is the involvement of young people, as she believes everyone is capable of bringing about change. HUNAB, under her leadership, is now operated by 30 children and teenagers, 80 per cent of them female.

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