India’s Vidyut Mohan wins Inaugural ‘2021 Earthshot Prize’ under ‘Clean Our Air’ Category

An Indian Social Enterprise ‘Takachar’, under the leadership of Vidyut Mohan was named as the winner of inaugural ‘2021 Earthshot Prize’ that was created by the United Kingdom’s Prince William to reward people fighting to save planet earth. Takachar won the ‘Earthshot Prize’, also known as ‘Eco Oscars’, under the “Clean Our Air” category for its invention to recycle agricultural waste.

  • The first-ever Earthshot Prize or 2021 Earthshot Prize awards ceremony took place at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London.

i.In the finals, Takachar invention went head to head with a Solar-powered ironing cart project developed by 14-year old Vinisha Umashankar from Tamil Nadu.

Takachar Invention – A Cheap, small-scale, portable technology that attaches to tractors and converts crop residues to bio-products like fuel & fertilizers.

  • Thereby eliminates the need for burning crop waste, and reduces air pollution.

Prize for Winners:

  • Money – 1 million Pound
  • Medal – Inspired by ‘Earthrise’ photo from Apollo 8 mission (1968), designed by Christien Meindertsma (Netherlands). The medal is completely made of recycled materials.
  • The award is given under 5 broad categories.

Other Winners:

Category Winner  Invention
Protect & Restore Nature Costa Rica A scheme to pay citizens for the revival of the Rainforest
Build a Waste-free World Milan, Italy Waste-busting initiative
Revive Our Oceans Bahamas A project by 2 friends to grow coral reefs
Fix Our Climate AEM ELECTROLYSER -Thailand, Germany & Italy Hydrogen preparation by splitting water

About Earthshot Prize:

i.The name refers to USA’s 1960s ambition, the “Moonshot”, which pledged to get a man on the Moon within a decade.

ii.Starting from 2021, it will be awarded annually for a decade, 5 projects with 1 million pounds each for further research to solve environmental problems.

  • 2021’s Judges – Sir David Attenborough, Cate Blanchett and Shakira
  • Venue of 2022 Earthshot Prize – USA

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Prime Minister – Boris Johnson
Currency – Pound sterling
Capital – London
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