London: A 14-year-old schoolgirl from Tamil Nadu’s solar-powered ironing cart project and a Delhi-based entrepreneur’s agricultural waste recycling concept are among 15 finalists out of hundreds of nominations from across the world for the first Earthshot prize, initiated by Britain’s Prince William it was done. Last year.
Vinisha Umashankar broke into the clean our air category with her concept of a solar powered clean alternative to the charcoal powered street iron that presses the clothes of millions of Indians every day. Takachar, co-founded by Vidyut Mohan, is also nominated in the same category for its affordable, small-scale, portable technology that converts crop residues into salable bio-products.
They will both now receive continued support and resources from Earthshot Prize Global Alliance members, a network of private sector businesses around the world that will help grow the shortlisted solutions.
I am honored to introduce the 15 innovators, leaders and visionaries who are the first finalists for The Earthshot Prize. The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William, said he is dealing with the urgency needed in this pivotal decade for life on earth and will inspire all of us with his optimism in our ability to meet the greatest challenges in human history .
More than half a century ago, President Kennedy’s Moonshot program united millions of people around the goal of reaching the Moon. Inspired by this, the Earthshot Prize aims to drive collective action around our unique ability to innovate, problem solve and repair our planet.
One day, on her way home from school, Vinisha saw an ironing vendor dumping charcoal in the garbage, which led her to research the effects of charcoal. She saw how smoke causes lung disease among vendors and was shocked to learn of the link between charcoal and deforestation. Every year, industrial quantities of trees are cut down to make charcoal.
Earthshot Prize analysts take note: Vinisha’s solar-powered vehicle replaces dirty charcoal with clean energy from the sun. Five hours of sunlight power the iron for six hours, the victory of the environment is also the victory of the sellers. The added mobility means they can be sold out door as well as on the side of the road.
Built in phone top up and charging points also bring in additional income. Overall, the ironing cart helps meet 13 of the United Nations’ 15 Sustainable Development Goals.
The girl student is now planning to manufacture and sell solar ironing carts in India at an affordable price and export it to Asia, Africa and wherever the sun shines.
Vinisha’s example shows that by innovating today, the next generation can make tomorrow cleaner, said award analysts.
Vidyut Mohan’s social enterprise Takachar was chosen for its efforts to tackle the serious health effects of burning agricultural waste, a major cause of air pollution and low life expectancy, on people in and around Delhi.
Awards analyst note: Takachar has developed an inexpensive, small-scale, portable technology that connects to tractors in remote farms. The machine converts crop residues into salable bio-products such as fuels and fertilizers.
Takachar’s technology reduces smoke emissions by up to 98 percent which will help improve air quality that currently reduces the life expectancy of the affected population by five years. If scaled up, it could reduce one billion tons of carbon dioxide a year: a victory for India’s farmers in the fight against climate change.
Vinisha and Vidyut, along with 13 other finalists from countries such as Bangladesh, China, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Switzerland, now have the chance to win GBP 1 million to support their innovative environmental solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing the planet Is. .
More than 750 nominations were screened as part of an independent evaluation process conducted by Deloitte, the award’s implementation partner, with long-listed nominations, then assessed by a global expert advisory panel.
Of these 15 finalists announced, five will be awarded the Earthshot Prize in five categories: Protect and Restore Nature; clean our air; Revive our oceans; Build a waste free world; And fix our climate.
The winners will be announced on 17 October at an awards ceremony at the Alexandra Palace in London.