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  • Landmark UN Report on Migratory Species Reveal Extent of Extinction Threat

    The report emphasizes the importance of mapping and safeguarding critical locations essential for breeding, feeding, and stopovers. Image Courtesy: Garten, Pixabay The inaugural ceremony of the State of the World's Migratory Species report, commissioned by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), underscored that the global significance of migratory species across diverse ecosystems, including oceans, land, and skies. The report highlights alarming trends, revealing that nearly half of the migratory species are experiencing population declines, with one in five facing imminent extinction due to human activities. The primary threats to migratory species identified in the report are overexploitation and habitat loss caused by human actions. Habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation affect three-quarters of CMS-listed species, while seven out of ten are impacted by overexploitation. Pollution, climate change, and invasive species further compound these challenges. Urgent and coordinated efforts are advocated to protect, connect, and restore habitats, mitigate overexploitation, reduce environmental pollution, address climate change, and extend conservation efforts to all species in need. The report emphasizes the importance of mapping and safeguarding critical locations essential for breeding, feeding, and stopovers. Despite the fact that nearly 10,000 Key Biodiversity Areas being vital for migratory species, more than half are not designated as protected areas, and 58% of monitored sites are under threat due to human activities. Image Courtesy: UN Report on Migratory Species According to the IUCN Red List, one in five CMS-listed species are threatened with extinction and many are undergoing population declines. Extinction risk is rising for CMS-listed species, with considerably more species deteriorating than improving between 1988 and 2020. Across the wider group of all migratory species, levels of extinction risk are also escalating. This report further indicates there are at least 399 globally threatened or Near Threatened migratory species that are not yet benefitting from the international protection afforded by the Convention. Addressing climate change is a priority; hence, it is highlighted here, urging nations to fulfil international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance carbon stocks in vegetation and soils. The report stresses the need to future-proof vital sites against climate change effects and implement dynamic management measures to adapt to shifting migration patterns. Efforts to mitigate the impacts of renewable energy infrastructure expansion on migratory species are also emphasized. The report underscores the essential role of migratory species in maintaining healthy ecosystems, with billions of animals undertaking remarkable journeys across thousands of miles each year, linking different parts of the world. The State of the World's Migratory Species report offers a comprehensive overview of the conservation status, trends, and key pressures facing migratory species. It highlights ongoing conservation efforts and emphasizes the urgent need for coordinated action to safeguard these vital components of global biodiversity. Through their extraordinary journeys, migratory species offer invaluable insights into the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the profound changes affecting our planet. Access the complete report here. Author Rituraj Phukan is an environmental writer, adventurer & naturalist based out of Assam. He serves as the National Coordinator for Biodiversity, The Climate Project Foundation, and is a member of the IUCN.

  • BANKING ON BANKS FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

    By balancing economic transition with climate adaptation, banks can better align with India's evolving needs and mitigate climate risks more effectively in the future. Image Courtesy: Pixabay With the growing urgency of the climate crisis, all forces and consolidated efforts are required to build adaptation scenarios while continuing efforts for mitigation. The banking sector plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation & adaptation by financing activities that either contribute towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions or build resilience within the community. ‘Green finance’ or ‘climate finance’ is required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through investments in projects & sectors that reap environmental benefits. According to the Green Climate Fund, ‘The Financial sector plays a fundamental role in mobilizing the resources necessary to finance a low carbon economy, both through their activity as financial intermediaries and their role within the creation and placement of negotiated instruments in the markets’. For countries such as India, climate finance is required to strengthen infrastructure for development in sectors such as renewable energy, transportation (such as EVs), power, telecommunication, water management and sanitation. Image Courtesy: Nattan23, Pixabay At the COP28 recently, the UAE Leaders Declaration was announced for the promotion of a global climate financing network. The declaration calls on countries & non-country stakeholders to ensure the doubling of adaptation finance to ensure that the $100 billion goal on climate finance is achieved. Internationally, multilateral development banks (also known as the MDBs) provide low and middle-income countries that face adverse climate impacts with concessional and non-concessional funding. These group of MDBs include African Development Bank (AfDB), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank Group (WBG) and others. Image Courtesy: Pixabay Multilateral Development Banks Financing is tracked through two components which include adaptation finance and financing from mitigation projects. In 2022, the multilateral development banks reported a total of $74.2 billion in financial commitments  out of which $37.9 billion (51%) has been committed to low and middle-income economies across sectors and projects. In the same year, the MDBs also restructured their methodology for tracking adaptation finance. The new methodology as agreed promotes transparency in tracking, reporting and supporting climate action, in line with the principles & objectives of the Paris Agreement.  As for the adaptation finance in 2022, 90% has been committed to low and middle-income countries out of a total of $ 25.2 billion. Apart from this, $38.8 billion was also allocated for high-income economies which are not towards specified projects. The climate finance committed to by the MDBs has increased significantly from the years before. In 2020, the MDBs committed US $66,045 million out of which 76 per cent was dedicated to climate change mitigation and only 24 per cent was towards adaptation. Financing for the Developing World India has been a strong advocate for climate financing in the global economy. It has also worked on building its own climate financing infrastructure; however, its banking sector is unprepared to support climate action & tackle associated risks. An RBI survey in 2022 on Climate Risk and Sustainable Finance of the banking sector in India found that. The survey did not reflect a positive image of the India’s banking system in its readiness to manage climate risks and RBI made several recommendations to banks. In a new analysis in 2023 by Climate Risk Horizons, it was found that there hasn’t been any change since 2022. The key findings of the analysis revealed that only 10 out of the 34 banks surveyed have disclosed the quantum of green finance disbursements and only 8 have become part of climate initiatives such as UN principles of Responsible banking, Carbon Disclosure Project, Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), etc. None of the banks have yet set a net zero target. Image Courtesy: Sarang, Pixabay With India’s push for renewable energy and a global effort for phasing-out fossil fuel (at the recent COP28), banks now show reluctance in financing newly auctioned mines. According to the Ministry of Coal, in the last three years, 87 mines have been auctioned to private companies out of which only four are operating and the rest await financing. Financial institutions face pressure from the policy landscape of the country and an inclination towards renewables as well are the global demand to reduce exposure to fossil fuel. However, despite warnings from India’s central bank only Federal Bank Limited has excluded coal from its list for loans. While the impact of climate economy dynamics on India's banking sector has become increasingly evident, there remains a pressing need for more substantive actions to integrate banking into climate financing initiatives. India continues to generate 73% of its power from the coal sector. Despite this urgency, India's heavy reliance on coal for power generation poses a significant challenge, as a sudden financial disengagement from the coal sector could disrupt the country's energy supply and impede its developmental goals. Although the RBI has taken active measures for the banking sector in 2022, to promote sustainable financing, subsequent inaction by banks—particularly public sector institutions—underscores the urgency of mandating the banking sector to reallocate resources responsibly. By balancing economic transition with climate adaptation, banks can better align with India's evolving needs and mitigate climate risks more effectively in the future. Author: Anusha Arif is a research associate at the Social Policy Research Foundation (SPRF), New Delhi. Her work mainly focuses on climate change and sustainability. She is a policy researcher and lawyer with an LL.M. in Environment Law. Anusha aims to bring valuable insight into climate change policy and related areas by addressing the world's complex challenges through her work.

  • India’s Blue Economy Potential & Draft Policy Framework

    Owing to its potential, the Government of India recognizes Blue Economy as one of the ten core dimensions of group under its Vision for New India by 2030. Image Courtesy: Pixabay The term ‘blue economy’ as defined by the World Bank is the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of ocean ecosystems. In the Indian context, blue economy means several economic opportunities emerging from the ocean & marine ecosystems. Generally, blue economy synthesizes four broad aspects including food security, water resources and conservation, livelihoods, and climate change mitigation. To give a quantified outlook, India with an over 7,500-km long coastline is the third largest fish producing and second largest aquaculture fish producing country in the world. Owing to its potential, the Government of India recognizes Blue Economy as one of the ten core dimensions of group under its Vision for New India by 2030. India’s blue economy strategy and framework can leverage not only economic benefits but also contribute to building climate resilience and mitigation through innovative & environmental consciousness. The Draft policy framework on India’s Blue Economy as presented by the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister in 2020, focused on developing blue economy legislation and enhanced capacities as medium term goals. The draft also mooted for the creation of a National Accounting Framework for collection of data and scientific collaboration for specific tools & technologies and establishment of a maritime development fund. Image Courtesy: Pixabay Another important aspect of the policy framework mentioned coastal tourism, highlighting significant potential along with the need to apply the carrying capacity of coastal ecosystems especially in fragile island territories. For example, it argued for the establishment of impact assessments to map tourist arrivals, infrastructure, and major attractions along with benchmarking standards such as eco-labelling, sustainability procedures and waste management systems for beaches. Key Sectors of the Blue Economy Blue economy in India covers many sectors & industries. At current, the blue economy in India account for roughly 4% of the GDP. Among the exhaustively long list of sectors that are fundamental in improving the blue economy mechanism of the country are water transport, fishery & aquaculture, mineral exploration, coastal management & governance. Shipbuilding and shipping are also important aspects of blue economy in India. Image Courtesy: Pixabay Fisheries sector is one of the most important sectors that contributes not only to the economy and livelihoods but also to food security in the country. The fishing industry in India remains heavily dependent on capturing fish for its 11 million metric tonne supply which however does not match the growing demand of about 18 million metric tonnes for fish. Mariculture is a specialized branch of aquaculture which uses captive breeding and mass production technologies for high-value marine fish species. Currently, marine aquaculture remains limited in practice in India. Another practice of saline water aquaculture traditionally practiced in West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, and Tamil Nadu called Brackish water fish farming is also on the rise in the country. The government set up an action plan for Mission Brackish Water/Saline Aquaculture in 2017.  In its plan, the government identified additional states such as Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana, Punjab, Goa, and Gujarat for implementation of the practice. A key sector highlighted by the government’s draft policy on Blue Economy is that of Marine Tourism   which aims to use the example of European Union to develop its maritime and coastal tourism sector. The EU Communication had addressed some key challenges of improving knowledge through specific indicators and addressing volatile tourism demand. It thus provided a blueprint to focus on tourism in a fragile ecosystem with environmental pressures. Challenges and Opportunities Adopting a blueprint from the EU comes with its own challenges of understanding localized challenges for India. Much of the blue economy is directly connected to the coastal communities, their practices, livelihoods, and direct impacts from climate change. Thus, it is also important to consider their specific needs & demands in incorporating a policy framework. When discussing the blue economy, it is important to find a balance between taking advantage of the opportunities as well as recognizing the threat to ocean resources due to economic exploitations. Some of the direct challenges are climate change and marine pollution that affect the fishing industry. Enabling tourism can also add to the already aggravating issue of pollution. On the other hand, the blue economy also provides ample resources for India’s renewable energy exploration. The offshore wind energy sector which is being facilitated by the government with projects across Tamil Nadu gives a great opportunity for exploration & use of ocean energy and sea-bed leasing. In conclusion, while the Blue Economy holds great potential for India across sectors and multiple opportunities to harness the vast maritime resources for sustainable growth. However, there is a need for integration of innovative solutions, international cooperation, inclusive policies as well as a well-formed regulatory framework to propel the Blue Economy in India. Author: Anusha Arif is a research associate at the Social Policy Research Foundation (SPRF), New Delhi. Her work mainly focuses on climate change and sustainability. She is a policy researcher and lawyer with an LL.M. in Environment Law. Anusha aims to bring valuable insight into climate change policy and related areas by addressing the world's complex challenges through her work.

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  • Youth for COP | The Climate Project

    YOUTH FOR COP Voices to ignite Climate Action Goals GOALS Structure PROGRAM STRUCTURE Benefits BENEFITS Background BACKGROUND Details PROGRAM DETAILS FAQ FAQs “ Young people are the climate fighters our world needs. We need their voice . We need their action . We need their ideas .” -ANTÓNIO GUTERRES About the Program The Climate Project Foundation is committed to nurturing the next generation of young climate leaders. This Youth for COP training program aims to equip young minds with essential skills and empower them to help shape a better future for all. As the stewards of our planet, today’s youth hold the key to bring about meaningful change. Our program aims to empower young people, equipping them with a deeper understanding of climate negotiations. They will be trained to share their ideas, concerns and solutions to be heard and learn how to navigate its intricacies. They will be prepared to energise their voices and participate in deliberation process at COP platform in the future. This pioneering initiative endeavours to cultivate leadership skills among youth participants encouraging them to ignite change through capacity building workshops, knowledge-sharing sessions, and networking opportunities. Register Now Download Brochure Goals DEVELOP NEGOTIATION & LEADERSHIP SKILLS The training equips participants to understand climate negotiations better. Foster leadership through expert lectures, workshops & simulating exercises for a more meaningful global impact. BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN THE GLOBAL NORTH & SOUTH Experience sharing & collaboration on Equity, Just Transition and on ground climate action. ​ Learn and execute projects targeting climate solutions / challenges in diverse geographic regions. SPREAD AWARENESS OF THE COP PROCESS THROUGH VARIOUS MEDIA PLATFORMS Utilise media tools to engage with global youth. ​ Lead digital campaigns (blog posts, social media) to disseminate information on COP proceedings (day to day action, as it happens), as well as their implications and local scenarios. Program Structure Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Registration Interested students can register for the ‘Youth for COP’ program for FREE by clicking on the registration link on this website. The registration form requires the students to fill their basic information and upload a passport size photo. The students need to submit a one page (max. 300 words) cover letter sharing details of past involvement in national or international events/workshops/conferences/on-ground climate action, including participation in climate policy making and negotiations, if any. Benefits of Joining BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF COP PROCESS OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS LEARN EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION, ADVOCACY & MEDIA REPORTING CONTRIBUTE TO GLOBAL CLIMATE ACTION & NEGOTIATIONS PLATFORM TO NETWORK AND MAKE CONNECTIONS Conference of Parties (COP) The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) entered into force on 21 March 1994. The 195 countries that have ratified the Convention are called Parties to the Convention. The UNFCCC is a “Rio Convention”, one of three adopted at the “Rio Earth Summit” in 1992. Others are the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and the Convention to Combat Desertification. ​ The COP is the supreme decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). All States that are Parties to the Convention are represented at the COP. Its key functions include reviewing the implementation of the Convention, assessing national communications and emission inventories, and making decisions necessary for effective implementation. The COP meets annually, unless otherwise decided by the Parties.​ The COP assesses the effects of measures taken by Parties and monitors progress toward the ultimate objective of the Convention. The venue of the COP rotates among the five recognized UN regions: Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, and Western Europe and others. COPs and Key Outcomes Review of national communications and emission inventories submitted by Parties. Berlin, Germany, 1995 Kyoto Protocol (legally binded developed countries to reduce emission targets) Kyoto, Japan, 1997 Marrakesh Accord signed (set stage for ratification of Kyoto Protocol) Marrakesh, Morocco, 2001 Delhi Declaration & Technology Transfer for Climate Change Mitigation. New Delhi, India, 2002 Bali Action Plan on shared vision, mitigation, adaptation, technology & financing. Bali, Indonesia, 2007 Adaptation Fund launched under Kyoto Protocol. Poznan, Poland, 2008 Copenhagen Accord signed (Developed countries pledged up to $30 billion in fast start finance). Copenhagen, Denmark, 2009 Green Climate Fund established & Cancun Agreement signed (for assisting developing nations). Cancun, Mexico, 2010 Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda (signed by 41 countries + India), Net Zero Targets (India @2070) & Phasing down coal based power. Glasgow, UK, 2021 First Global Stocktake, approved Governing instrument for Loss and Damage Fund & Financial contribution by developed countries for Santiago Network. UAE, Dubai, 2023 Upcoming. Baku, Azerbaijan, 2024 COP 1 COP 3 COP 7 COP 8 COP 13 COP 14 COP 15 COP 16 COP 18 COP 19 COP 21 COP 24 COP 26 COP 27 COP 28 COP 29 Rulebook for Paris Agreement (actions to be taken as per NDCs). Katowice, Poland, 2018 Doha Amendment to Kyoto Protocol (GHG emission reduction by 18% compared to 1990 levels). Doha, Qatar, 2012 Warsaw Framework for REDD+ Warsaw, Poland, 2013 Paris Agreement adopted (limit global warming to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and ideally to 1.5°C), Climate finance & $100 billion funding pledge. Paris, France, 2015 Loss & Damage Fund established, G-7 led Global shield Financing Facility, African Carbon Market Initiative, Mangrove Alliance (India partnered) & Action for Water Adaptation and Resilience (AWARe) Initiative. Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, 2022 Know More Program Details Registrations opening from: 05 June ​ ​ Last date for Registration: 30 June Eligibility: Age 18-30 years Interest in climate action and advocacy Partners Who can apply for the Youth for COP training program? The program is open to young people passionate about climate action, typically aged between 18 and 30, who are eager to contribute to a sustainable and resilient planet. How can I apply for the Youth for COP training program? Interested individuals can apply by filling out the registration form available on the Climate Project Foundation’s website. More details on specific application deadlines and other requirements will be provided there. Can participants attend COP events in person? Yes, selected participants will have the opportunity to represent youth at COP events, either offline or online, depending on the seat availability & funding. Will I receive a certificate upon completion? Yes, all participants who successfully complete 90% at all the stages of the training program will receive a certificate of completion. What is the total duration of the training program engagement? The training program engagement lasts for a total of eight months including all modules and sessions, COP & post-COP. FAQs Register Now

  • Home | The Climate Project Foundation

    WELCOME TO THE CLIMATE PROJECT FOUNDATION OUR CLIMATE IS CHANGING, SO SHOULD WE | TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Human caused climate change is one of the biggest, most pervasive threats in the world and South Asia is amongst the most vulnerable region to impacts of climate change. Now, the onus is on us to act and mitigate the impacts of climate change for a better future for the upcoming generations. We believe that the simplest path to act on climate change is by collective committed actions however small. We have strategically aligned all our initiatives in order to create awareness, mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change and create leaders of the future who will be taking the baton fighting the cause. Our programmes and initiatives like Green Campus Program, Tree Plantation, Water Conservation, Teachers’ Training Program, all have been developed keeping the same in view. “Solving the climate crisis is within our grasp, but we need people like you to stand up and act” - AL GORE OUR IMPACTS 11000+ Teachers Trained 1500+ Climate Reality Leaders in India & South Asia 200000+ Trees Planted 45000+ Climate Reality Leaders, Globally YOUTH FOR EARTH 2024 We are thrilled to announce the launch of the new edition of our Youth for Earth program, designed to empower and mobilize young leaders in the fight against climate change. As the world grapples with urgent environmental challenges, it has become increasingly clear that the voices and actions of young people are indispensable in driving meaningful change. ​ Youth for Earth is a dynamic initiative that harnesses the passion, creativity, and innovation of youth to address pressing environmental issues. Through a combination of education, advocacy, and hands-on projects, participants gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become effective agents of change in their communities, campus and beyond. ​ If you're a young person passionate about making a difference for the planet, we invite you to join us for this exciting journey! Together, let's unleash the power of youth to create a more sustainable and resilient world for future generations. Join us in the Youth for Earth program and be part of the solution! Know More Register now WEBINAR ON WORLD WETLANDS DAY A webinar was organized by The Climate Project Foundation on 2nd February to celebrate World Wetlands Day. The objective of the webinar was to discuss the reasons behind diminishing wetlands, impacts of climate change and the solutions that can be implemented to conserve, protect & restore them. We received a whooping 700+ registrations for the webinar and more than 530 of them joined the webinar. The majority of the participants were youth which shows the interest that the present generation is taking towards understanding the issues and solutions. We had eminent speakers joining us for the session. Mr. Raj Mohan, National Coordinator, Reforestation, The Climate Project Foundation, highlighted the need for conservation of wetlands and how it will affect the ecosystem if it keeps on diminishing. Ms. Sumaiyah Mamun, Climate Reality Leader and expert on Urban Planning, talked about the restoration methods, green initiatives and adaptation and mitigation for wetland conservation. The webinar culminated with an interactive session of questions and answers with the experts and vote of thanks by Dr. Sakshi Grover, Environment Consultant, The Climate Project Foundation. EVENTS Climate Reality Leaders Meet - Nepal Sun, 28 Apr Hotel Tibet International 28 Apr 2024, 9:00 am Hotel Tibet International, P9C5+4R3, Boudha Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal 28 Apr 2024, 9:00 am Hotel Tibet International, P9C5+4R3, Boudha Rd, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal Learn more Webinar on World Wetlands Day Fri, 02 Feb Zoom 02 Feb 2024, 11:30 am Zoom 02 Feb 2024, 11:30 am Zoom Wetlands and Human Wellbeing Details National Energy Conservation Day Thu, 14 Dec Zoom 14 Dec 2023, 2:30 pm Zoom 14 Dec 2023, 2:30 pm Zoom Career Opportunities for Young Professionals in the Clean Energy Sector Details CLIMATE ACTION STORIES 8800 KILOMETRES ON BIODIESEL By CRL Avinash Narayanswamy Worldwide, biodiesel has slowly but surely gained importance as a green alternative to petroleum diesel & is thus being accepted as an environmentally friendly fuel. However, in spite of closely being related to petroleum diesel in terms of physical & chemical properties, biodiesel continues to be sidelined in many parts of the world & especially in India mainly due to various reasons such as pricing, availability & warranty on the engine & other parts of the car not being covered when switched to biodiesel from petroleum diesel. Read More BLOGS Smruti Apr 27 Landmark UN Report on Migratory Species Reveal Extent of Extinction Threat The report emphasizes the importance of mapping and safeguarding critical locations essential for breeding, feeding, and stopovers. Image... Smruti Apr 25 BANKING ON BANKS FOR CLIMATE RESILIENCE & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT By balancing economic transition with climate adaptation, banks can better align with India's evolving needs and mitigate climate risks... Smruti Mar 20 India’s Blue Economy Potential & Draft Policy Framework Owing to its potential, the Government of India recognizes Blue Economy as one of the ten core dimensions of group under its Vision for... 1 2 3 4 5 LEAD ON CLIMATE CHANGE SPREAD THE WORD ON CLIMATE CHANGE Download Truth in 10 Presentation to spread awareness about Climate Change. CALL FOR A PRESENTATION Request a free presentation on Climate Change. STAY UPDATED Read our Bimonthly Newsletter 2022 (NOVEMBER - DECEMBER​)

  • Youth4Earth2022 | The Climate Project

    Winners of Youth for Earth 2022 Junior Category 1st Winner Team - Urvara-Greening Mother Earth The project “Urvara-Greening Mother Earth” by Adhi Daiv from Rajasthan started with the purpose to reverse the soil degradation of the arid wastelands of the desert region of Rajasthan by using a unique method of plantation of dry land agroforestry which requires only one litre of water to grow any native plant for its entire life cycle. 2nd Winner Team - Pune Plastic Warriors The Team Pune Plastic Warriors aimed to prevent build-up of plastic waste in the community and provide tangible solutions by gradually replacing as much plastic as possible in our daily lives. The team used the power of social media to spread awareness about plastic pollution, promote sustainable alternatives and give recognition to eco-warriors to inspire further action. They conducted interviews, recycling campaigns, promoted eco-friendly products in eco-melas and inspired participation to real change. 3rd Winner Team - Terra Time By making eco-bricks, Team - Terra Time from New Delhi re-used non-recyclable plastic waste, like polythene, flimsy wrappers, etc. to make something useful, instead of throwing them away. These eco-bricks are then used to make different pieces of furniture. They also collaborated with another organizations. Many people are still not aware as to what eco-bricks are, and how they are made. By making eco bricks, individuals can start right this moment to take charge of their plastic. 1st Runner Up Team - Sd's Change Makers ​The SD's change makers from Ambala wishes to share how schools can contribute to stopping climate change and helping our planet earth. Through this project, they want to spread awareness and unleash the creativity of students to develop and implement climate action communities. 2nd Runner Up Team - Pramiti ​ 09 Students of KIIT University, Bhubaneswar took a project on reducing the wastage of papers. They collected more than 300 used notebooks after the end of the term and segregated the used and unused pages. Then the segregated pages were sent for recycling and with the unused pages the students created 200 notebooks which were distributed amongst the under privileged children. Senior Category 1st Winner Team - Project Ikhtiyaar ​ Project Ikhtiyaar aims at ‘eradication through utilization’, by harnessing the hidden potential of water hyacinths to overcome the challenges they pose. Project Ikhtiyaar aims to produce manure using water hyacinth as the main component along with other biodegradable waste in order to clean river Yamuna and improve the economic condition of our community members. By improving the community’s living standards and overcoming prejudices, Project Ikhtiyaar aspires to bring about a revolutionary impact. 2nd Winner Team - Crew For Climate Team Crew for climate from Vadodara, Gujarat understood how increasing water use, water pumping and variable rainfall leads to death of a river. The team with help of their varied study backgrounds and team from ACCC- ATREE conduct social surveys, water quality tests, biodiversity study and vegetation mapping using ground methods and GIS. Go Back

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