UNEP announces 7 recipients for “Young Champions of the Earth” 2020 Prize; Indian Entrepreneur Vidyut Mohan features in the list

Indian entrepreneur named among ‘Young Champions of the Earth’ newThe 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

Mediterranean cleanup.

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

Key Points:

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.

Click here to read more about the winners

Recent Related News:

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

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