The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) announced 7 recipients for the “Young Champions of the Earth” 2020 Prize, Indian Entrepreneur Vidyut Mohan featured in the list for his Social Enterprise “Takachar”. The prize is given to global change-makers who use innovative ideas and ambitious action to solve the world’s most important environmental challenges.
The prizes are awarded annually to 7 Entrepreneurs below the age of 30 who have bold ideas for sustainable environmental change. Winners will be selected from each global region: Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific.
List of Winners of “Young Champions of Earth” 2020 Prize:
|Recipients||Country||Name of firm & Contribution|
|Vidyut Mohan||India (Asia and the Pacific)||Takachar
Harvesting Value from Agricultural waste.
|Xiaoyuan Ren||China (Asia and the Pacific)||MyH2O
A data platform that tests and records the quality of groundwater
|Nzambi Matee||Kenya (Africa)||Gjenge Makers
Low-cost construction materials from recycled plastic waste and sand
|Lefteris Arapakis||Greece (Europe)||Enaleia
|Max Hidalgo Quinto||Peru(Latin America and the Caribbean)||YAWA
Sustainable Technology for Access to Water
|Niria Alicia Garcia||United States of America(North America)||Run4Salmon
Indigenous Lead Conservation
|Fatemah Alzelzela||Kuwait (West Asia)||Eco Star
Trees for Waste
i.The champions are decided by a combination of a global jury of experts and a competitive public nomination.
ii.The winners will receive USD 10, 000 in seed funding and training to implement their ideas.
Takachar – a social enterprise was launched in 2018 by Vidyut Mohan and Kevin Kung.
i.It enables farmers to earn extra income by converting waste farm residues into value-added chemicals such as activated carbon on-site.
ii.Takachar has worked with 4, 500 farmers and has processed 3, 000 Tonnes of Crops till now.
iii.By 2030, Takachar will impact 300 million farmers, and create USD 4 Billion per year equivalent in additional rural income and jobs, besides reducing 1 Gigaton of CO2 per year.
iv.The conversion of waste farm residue reduces air pollution and ensures a pollution free environment.
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i.On May 07, 2020, UNEPs extended the Bollywood actress & environmentalist Dia Mirza‘s term as its National Goodwill Ambassador for another two years till the end of 2022.
About United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP):
Headquarter- Nairobi, Kenya
Executive Director – Inger Andersen