Ideas from three Mumbai students were among the winning entries at the Brightest Young Climate Leaders (BYCL) Summit organised by Arctic Holding, a carbon management company, in partnership with Hindustan Times.
An energy audit, renting out bicycles and a web portal to promote awareness on climate change were some of the ideas that 50 young climate leaders presented at the event held at the British Council, New Delhi.
The two-day summit ended on Thursday with the announcement of the winning entries.
Actor Rahul Bose, Editor-at-Large, Hindustan Times, Samar Halarnkar, Regional Head of Science and Technology, British Council, Guru Gujral, and Managing Director of Evolution India, Pranav Nahar judged the entries. The winning ideas or projects will receive monetary support as well as mentoring from the organisers.
“This kind of summit helps us get noticed which is extremely important for us to make our ideas work and reach the people,” said Mumbai’s Neha Juneja (24), co-founder of Greenway Ecodevelopment. The organisation helps in the implementation of decentralised energy options in rural communities and industries.
Sahil Bhagat (19), a student of KC College, and founder director of youth organisation, Gyaan, was part of the group that won in the ‘Best Group Idea’ category for the project, Frogster, a web portal to promote awareness on climate change.
Bhagat is also the convenor of Planet Alert, a movement to combat climate crisis.
Rajkumar N Janagam won the Best Individual Idea for his venture ‘Cycle Chalao’ to promote the use of bicycles and cut pollution. Janagam is studying business administration in social entrepreneurship from NMIMS University, Mumbai.
These climate activists not only chalked out their ideas but also displayed their entrepreneurial skills by presenting plans to sustain their ideas as the judges quizzed them.
BYCL 2010 had invited entries from across India to recognise the top 50 brightest young minds involved with climate change initiatives. The contest was launched to coincide with the Copenhagen Summit on climate change on December 7. Fifty of 300 entries were chosen participate in the summit in Delhi.