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India-UK Sustainable Solutions Challenge winners announced at India Pavilion in Paris


New Delhi: The India-UK Sustainable Solutions Challenge, a competition on climate innovations, announced its winners at an event held at the India Pavilion at COP 21, Paris on December 7.

The competition was organised by the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN), UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) and Centre for Environment Education (CEE), with support from the British High Commission, New Delhi.

Climate change is a reality, and we need to act now. As the world gathers in Paris to agree a legally binding climate deal, Indian and British youth were recognised for developing innovative ideas to foster sustainable development and help tackle climate change.

The overall winner is Poornima Kumar, for her project titled Personal Climate Change Impact App – a mobile tracker designed to raise awareness on climate change by informing user of their ecological footprint and providing information on ways to reduce emissions.

The India winner is Sharad Parekh, for his venture titled Industrial use of solar based tech (Solar hot air generator), a device to supply hot air to industry using solar energy.

The UK winner is Amelia Hedgard-Holie, for her idea titled Solar Roadways, to develop panels on roads and pathways to capture energy from the Sun.

Nick Hurd, Minister of State, UK Government, said, “The Sustainable Solutions Challenge has shown that Indian and British youth working together can develop the innovations required to tackle the climate challenges the next generation will face.”

Joanna Read, UK Youth Climate Coalition, said, “The India-UK Sustainable Challenge Solution was a competition designed to increase awareness among the British and Indian youth on the need for innovative solutions to tackle climate challenges. I am glad it resulted in some cutting-edge ideas which can hopefully help us tackle this global problem facing mankind.”

Supriya Singh, Indian Youth Climate Network, said, “Climate change is a real threat today – and to see youth from India and Britain participate so actively to help solve this problem through pioneering ideas is fantastic. We hope that this builds a momentum and inspires others to help tackle one of the greatest challenges facing mankind.” (ANI)

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