They are the finalists of the Children’s Climate Prize 2019
Since May 2019, the Children’s Climate Prize has received nominations from young innovators and climate activists who have all done something extraordinary for the environment. A record number of young people, dedicated to the issue of climate change, form all around the world submitted their projects and after intensive deliberation by the jury, the Children’s Climate Prize 2019 now have its finalists. The next step is to name the winners in the two categories “Children’s Climate Prize” and “Clean Air”.
The finalists have been chosen for the fourth edition of the Children’s Climate Prize. The international climate prize was created to raise awareness and pay tribute to adolescents and youths, aged 12 – 17, who are dedicated to the issues of climate change and our environment and come up with innovative solutions to various sustainability problems.
Meet our finalists:
EESHAN TRIPATHII - 17 years old, Montclair, USA
Poor indoor air quality claims over 4 million lives each year. The issue has been identified as the biggest environmental disruptor of the century. 17-year-old Eeshan Tripathii therefore created the first ever integrated solution that can improve indoor air quality. He has demonstrated how to control and measure air-quality parameters and how to use that information in order to automatically improve indoor air quality - in a cost-effective way. Eeshans goal is to save lives by improving and preventing pollution of indoor air and continue to do research and education on the subject.
GREEN SCHOOL BIO BUS - 15-17 years old, Bali, Indonesia
What started off as an idea for a student project, evolved into Indonesia’s first ever biodiesel program – in less than a year. The Green School Bio Bus provides sustainable transport services by converting donated, used cooking oil to biodiesel. The Green School Bio Bus consists of six busses in total, and together they have prevented tons of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. The organisation also educates young people about sustainable solutions, such as health and waste problems related to used cooking oil.
DIDARUL ISLAM - 16 years old, Kushtia, Bangladesh
16-year old Didarul Islam wanted to transform pollution into possibilities. Therefore, he spent the last three years inventing a nanotechnology-based energy-efficient device for sustainable water treatment, made from recycled plastic bottles. His water purification device takes a sustainable approach for safely recycling plastic bottles and tackling the global water crisis in one single design. The device is suitable for under-developed communities of geographically remote areas that doesn’t have access to centralized water supply. Didarul is currently working with WaterAid Bangladesh to commercialize his prototype.
SHREYA RAMACHANDRAN - 16 years old, Fremont, USA
The Grey Water Project and its founder, Shreya Ramachandran, is working to raise awareness about the benefits of grey water reuse and water conservation. The idea was born during a trip to California at the peak of the state’s water drought, when 16-year-old Shreya saw firsthand the crippling effects of the drought. She quickly realized that water scarcity is a big and global issue and came up with a way to help conserve water – by using the water we already have in our homes. Shreya and the Grey Water Project has educated tens of thousands of people about the benefits of water reuse. The organization is accredited to the United Nations Environment Program and it is also a member of the Global Wastewater Initiative (GW2I).
VIHAAN & NAV AGARWAL – 15 & 12 years old, New Delhi, India
At the ages of 14 years old, Vihaan and his younger brother Nav – 11 years old at the time – started their project One Step Greener, an organization that strives towards a zero-waste future. They got the idea when the brothers realized that 30% of the waste sent to landfills could have been recycled and 50% could be composted. To reduce air pollution and health and hygiene issues related to landfills, the organization started a door-to-door pickup service of dry recyclables - that get sent to certified recyclers. The organization has already recycled over 65 tons of waste, saving an approximate of 6500 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere.
The Children’s Climate Prize has grown a lot since it first started in 2016. For the first time ever, the award introduces a second category - ”Clean Air”. The winners in both categories will be determined by a jury and will each be awarded 100 000 SEK to develop their projects. The category has been added with the introduction of a new partner – the air purification company Blueair.
The Children’s Climate Prize award ceremony will take place on a gala evening in Stockholm City Hall on the 13th November. The day before, the two winners will visit Södertälje City Hall to participate in the Children’s Climate Talks. The event is a platform where the winners get a chance to present their project in more detail for all visitors.
The Children’s Climate Prize was founded by the Swedish power company Telge Energi, which has taken a stand for sustainable development by working exclusively with renewable energy for over 11 years. The Prize was founded out of Telge Energi’s desire to do more to contribute to positive change and to support young people who actively engage in and drive sustainability issues.
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About the Children’s Climate Prize
The Children’s Climate Prize is an initiative of Telge Energi, which has taken a stand for sustainable development by working exclusively with renewable energy for over 11 years. The Prize was founded out of Telge Energi’s desire to do more to contribute to positive change and to support young people who actively engage in and drive sustainability issues. The Children’s Climate Prize is an international climate award for children or youth, 12-17 years old, who has made extraordinary global improvement efforts focused on climate change and the environment. The Prize was founded in 2016 to highlight the perspective of children and young people in the climate issue, with the insight that it is their future that is at stake. Finalists and the winner are selected by a jury. To read more about the Children’s Climate Prize, please visit http://www.ccprize.org.