Earthshot Prize: Two Indian Projects to get the Prize

On September 17, 2021 two Indian Projects have been selected to get the Environment Prize.

Key Points

  • One of the selected projects is- Solar-Powered Ironing Cart project that has been designed by a 14-year-old Tamil Nadu schoolgirl.
  • Second project is- Agricultural Waste Recycling Concept developed by an entrepreneur from Delhi.
  • Total of 15 finalists have been selected out of hundreds of nominations from across the world for the Environmental Prize.

About Environment Prize

The first-ever Environment Prize, called Earthshot Prize, was launched by Britain’s Prince William (Duke of Cambridge) and David Attenborough in 2020. This prize is conferred annually from 2021 to 2030, to five winners each year. Winners are selected for their solutions or protects that substantially help the environment. It is given by the Royal Foundation, England. Award is given in five separate categories with the support of UN Sustainable Development Goals. Winners are selected by the Earthshot Prize Council which is a global team spanning six continents.

About Solar-Powered Ironing Cart project

This project has been developed by Vinisha Umashankar. She made the cut within the “Clean Our Air” category. Her concept is about solar-powered clean alternative for charcoal-powered street irons which press clothes for millions of Indians.

About Agricultural Waste Recycling Concept

This project has been developed by Takachar and co-founded by Vidyut Mohan. It has been nominated in “Clean Our Air Category” for its cheap, small-scale, portable technology. This project converts crop residues into sellable bio-products.

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