An energy audit, renting out bicycles, a web portal to promote climate-change related awareness. These are some of the ideas that the 50 young climate leaders presented at the Brightest Young Climate Leaders (BYCL) Summit organised by Artic Holding, a carbon management company in partnership with Hindustan Times at the British Council. The two-day summit, which began on February 24 in the Capital, ended on Thursday.
Armed with confidence, poise and ambition, these climate activists not only chalked out their ideas but also displayed their entrepreneurial skills by presenting their plans to sustain their ideas as the judges quizzed them.
The comprehensive ideas, backed up with meticulous planning, gave the panel of judges which included actor Rahul Bose, Samar Halarnkar, Editor-at-Large, Hindustan Times, Guru Gujral, Regional Head of Science and Technology, British Council, and Pranav Nahar, Managing Director of Evolution India, a tough time as they decided on the winning entries.
“What makes this contest special is that it does not end with the announcement of the winners. In fact, it’s the beginning. Our ideas will now receive all the logistical support they needs from the organisers, there cannot be a better prize than this,” said Ahaan Mohan, from Noida, who was felicitated as the best teen climate leader.
Neha Juneja, from Mumbai, chosen as one of the two BYCL 2010 winners was ecstatic.“Such summits help us get noticed which is important for us to make our ideas work and reach out to the people. What we cannot achieve in six months, these two days have done for us.”
The winning ideas or projects will get monetary support and mentoring to help in their incubation from the organizers.
BYCL 2010 had invited entries from across the nation to select, felicitate and recognise the top 50 brightest young minds in India who have been involved with climate change ideas, initiatives or activities.
The contest was launched coinciding with the Copenhagen Summit on December 7, 2009, and by January 15, 2010, around 300 entries were received out of which the top 50 were chosen to come to Delhi to participate in the summit.