Loughborough University London Chevening scholar selected for UN Youth Climate Summit

Kristeena Monteith, a 2018-19 Chevening scholar attended the UN Youth Climate Summit in New York as one of 17 United Nations Young Leaders for Sustainable Development.

Kristeena  studied MA Media and Creative Industries at Loughborough University London and was selected based on her expertise in media for development.  In her home country, Jamaica, Kristeena leads a youth focused radio programme, Talk Up Radio, which is run by young people and covers social issues.

The Youth Climate Summit featured a full day of programmes that brought together young activists, innovators, entrepreneurs and change makers committed to combating climate change at the pace and scale needed to meet the climate challenge.

Speaking about her experience, Kristeena said: ‘I've been working hard to particularly help young Jamaicans identify how their small actions contribute to solving the massive problem of climate change, particularly at community level. I've been able to incorporate information learnt in my classes at Loughborough University London, such as the media’s role in environmental degradation and climate action into my work.’

‘I hope my time at the summit makes a tangible impact, providing the youth voice in conversations and decision-making at the highest level across countries and connecting young people around global goals.’

The summit was the first time the UN has convened a summit for young people completely devoted to climate action and aimed to give a voice to the demands of young people seeking far swifter action to combat climate change.

The summit took place on Saturday (21 September 2019) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, as part of a weekend of events leading up to the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit on Monday 23 September.

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2019 QS World University Rankings, University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019 and top in the country for its student experience in the 2018 THE Student Experience Survey.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019 and 8th in The UK Complete University Guide 2020.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

Specialising exclusively in postgraduate-level study, Loughborough University London is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers cutting-edge master’s and PhD degrees, as well as business collaboration, research and enterprise opportunities.

The seven specialist institutes at Loughborough University London include: Design Innovation, Digital Technologies, Diplomacy and International Governance, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, International Management, Media and Creative Industries, and Sport Business. Close industry partnerships with a wealth of leading businesses and creative organisations means teaching and learning is informed by real-life challenges and driven by true industry pressures.