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When Arpit Dhupar won the Young Champions of the Earth prize, he was in a bar with friends and didn’t believe the news. “Are you sure I have won?” He repeated. Finally convinced, he celebrated with his friends, who echoed, “Are you sure you’ve won?”

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Since winning the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Young Champions of the Earth prize 12 months ago, Better Blue founder Miao Wang has taken China’s diving community by storm.

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Since Louise won the Young Champions of the Earth prize, much has happened. A quick glance at her greenhouse shows the massive interest in growing cacao in the last few months alone. The previously stocked space is now empty.
Varun Raheja, a mechanical engineer from India, was always fascinated by farming. As he loves nature, he considered farming, and working closely with flora and fauna, to be the best occupation and work in the world.
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It all started in 2012, when Akansha Singh was studying for her Master’s degree in Social Entrepreneurship. She stayed with communities in remote rural areas to experience first-hand what issues the farming communities in India face.

Categorized Under: Energy Asia and the Pacific

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Bright lights brighten up the buzzing streets of Kathmandu at night. Markets spin with people, traffic weaving in and out of fabric shop fronts laden with orange, blue and turquoise clothes and wraps.    Thirty-year-old Sonika Manandhar is standing outside a conference hall. She has been working late, and bus services end at 8 p.m, so private hail rides are her only option.
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When twenty-year-old Louise Mabulo and her family geared up to celebrate Christmas Eve in 2016, little did they know of the devastation about to hit. In the early hours, the Philippines was rocked by Typhoon Nock-ten, the strongest Christmas Day tropical cyclone worldwide. It left 11,000 people stranded without electricity or food supplies and killed 11 more. 

Categorized Under: Asia and the Pacific Louise Mabulo

Twenty-year-old Louise Mabulo from the Philippines wins the prestigious Young Champions of the Earth Prize for Asia and the Pacific for boosting farmers’ income through climate-resilient cocoa. Seven young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 with big ideas for environmental change have been recognized from across the globe. Young Champions from each region receive seed funding, mentoring and communications support to amplif
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2019 Young Champion of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific, Sonika Manadhar created the Green Energy Mobility (GEM) platform in her country of Nepal.

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Sonika Manandhar from Nepal wins the prestigious Young Champions of the Earth Prize for Asia and the Pacific for honing big data to make electric transport more efficient and accessible, especially for women.  Seven young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 with big ideas for environmental change have been recognized from across the globe. Young Champions from each region receive seed funding, mentoring and communications s
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Air pollution is a complex issue that is difficult to communicate to most people. What causes air pollution? How does it affect our children’s cognitive development? What does air pollution have to do with rising temperatures?

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Recent reports on the state of our natural world have drawn stark attention to the unfolding environmental crisis. So our search for young changemakers, to trail-blaze solutions for a more sustainable future, is more critical than ever.
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It was pictures of the Syrian refugee crisis that stirred 25-year-old Yaseen Khalid to rethink his whole reason for doing business. As an environmental engineer in Pakistan, the images triggered memories of the 2005 earthquake and 2010 floods in his own country.

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The brick-clay industry employs around 10 million people in India. The industry also burns around 35–40million tonnes of coal per year, emitting carbon dioxide and sulfur, contributing to air pollution.

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By Miao Wang Our oceans are the largest carbon sink on the planet. This big blue diffuser, for decades helping to buffer the impacts of climate change, is finally giving way. It is sending us a signal, and we ignore it at our peril. 

Categorized Under: Asia and the Pacific Miao Wang

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When air pollution hit alarming levels in India four years back, 30 year-old Tamseel Hussain was watching. So passionate was he about documenting the issue, that he and a group of mobile storytelling and social media experts built the platform Let Me Breathe.

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When thirty-eight-year-old Jasmine Shah moved to Delhi in 2013 and found himself engulfed in the city’s toxic winter smog, everything changed for him.  “This scale of air pollution in Delhi, and the fact that it is among the top ten most polluted cities in the world, resulted in my urgent call to tackle the issue,” said Shah.

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When Eritai Kateibwi won the UN Young Champion of the Earth award in 2017, he was thrilled. Mostly, because he wanted the award to draw attention to the plight of thousands on his sinking island.
Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are co-founders of a revolutionary start-up called Perfect Day. Their idea? To make dairy products without the help of cows. Perfect Day, whose name is inspired by a study which found that cows produce the most milk when listening to the song Perfect Day by Lou Reed, uses a process called microbial fermentation. The process creates all the proteins that exist in milk by using yeast.
In India, Shiva is the god of destruction. His job is to destroy the universe to re-create it. Every morning, Hindu temple bells ring out across the mist. The sound mingles with chanting, as groups of people gather to offer orange and pink flowers, milk and incense.
Since Arpit Dhupar, founder of Chakr Innovation, won the Young Champions of the Earth prize for Asia and the Pacific region, his start-up has come a long way.
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When Miao Wang started diving, she was shocked at the deterioration of the ocean ecosystem around her. Now, three months after winning the Young Champions of the Earth prize for Asia and the Pacific, she has made great strides in addressing ocean protection.

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When Chakravorty, a 31-year-old journalist at the Indian Express, discovered that plastic pollution is so pervasive that it affects our food supply, he was shocked. “I was staggered to say the least,” he explains. “I felt that writing about the issue was not enough, so I decided to embark on a plogging journey—a combination of jogging with picking up litter.”

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Miao Wang is one of two Young Champions of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific. The Young Champions of the Earth Prize is powered by Covestro.

Categorized Under: Asia and the Pacific Miao Wang

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Arpit Dhupar is one of two Young Champions of the Earth for Asia and the Pacific. The Young Champions of the Earth Prize is powered by Covestro. He is co-founder and Chief Technical Officer at Chakr Innovation, an enterprise which aims to solve the problem of air pollution through new technology with the Chakr Shield devise, verified by Indian Institute of Technology and accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

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