Karen Jennifer Winstanley has been raising awareness about environmental protection among her peers and their families and globally for the past two years. Karen Jennifer is an environmental activist in her community, rallying her high school classmates, her friends and their families to take every day actions to protect the environment and raising awareness about Hong Kong’s pollution problem globally through her website on social networking platform bebo.com. Karen Jennifer’s website has had 300 profile views and regularly receives comments from visitors.
Karen Jennifer is currently the group organiser of “Hands on Nature”. Hands on Nature, is an environmentally active group run by teens between the ages 14-16. Others in the group are the Chief-Editor/Writer Aanchal Bhattacharya, Art Manager Sudiksha Dubey and Computer Graphic Designer Kyar Nyo Yin.
Karen Jennifer was inspired by a 5th grade teacher, who was very environmentally conscious and organised ongoing class activities to protect the environment, including recycling efforts.
Karen Jennifer started invested her time supporting after school environmental activities organised by her 5th grade teacher and devoted one summer to collecting data on Hong Kong’s environmental problems and compiling a PowerPoint presentation to try to set up a Green Club and engage with environmental NGOs.
Karen Jennifer’s environmental books and her appreciation of nature, especially when hiking, help her stay focused on her mission. “An Inconvenient Truth” by Al Gore also played an important role in helping her stay motivated. Motivation from the new comments and new members on Karen’s environmentally focused website, which has been ongoing for 2 years now, also keeps inspired to continue as an active environmentalist.
Karen Jennifer’s latest project is designer clothing from recycled materials. Karen Jennifer and “The Hands on Nature” team have produced a scrapbook that presents the teams’ designs and ideas for creating fashion out of recycled materials. Each of the four team members have designed a dress and their particular personalities have been incorporated into the design and materials chosen to create these dresses.
The purpose of this “Hands on Nature” project is to showcase what can be artistically recreated with recycled materials. The team also showcases their project on their blog with online stories, pictures and video clips of them creating the designs and the dresses themselves.
In discussing her hopes and vision for the future, Karen Jennifer says, “I don’t want to learn of any more species going extinct. I do want to see more individual action on protecting the environment and would also like for youth to be given an opportunity to become involved in environmental groups and their efforts.”