In a unique initiative, school and college students across Mumbai and Maharashtra are being invited to share actionable ideas to combat environmental challenges. The initiative of not for profit Project Mumbai and the Government of Maharashtra (Ministry of Environment and Climate Change) aims to give an opportunity to children of the region to present student-led solutions through ‘Ideas for Action’, an essay contest.
The contest intents to inculcate and encourage the spirit of #मीforMaharashtra among young minds to craft responsible young generation.
The contest will give young minds a chance to share a solution for Mumbai and Maharashtra’s Land, Water and Air. NEERI and PwC are knowledge partners in this creative effort.Winners of the contest will be selected by an eminent jury featuring prominent citizens of the state.
They will get an opportunity to share their ideas with Mr. Aditya Thackeray, Environment Minister, Maharashtra and other environment expertsat an exclusive round table.Winners will also get chance to participate in ‘Environment 2.0-Gen Next: Land, Water, Air’, a goal-oriented conference of influencers in February 2021.
Manisha Mhaiskar, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, said, “Environment and Climate Change Department , Govt. of Maharashtra has taमken up a holistic initiative, MaziVasundharaAbhiyan (My Earth Campaign), to make the citizens aware of the climate change and environmental issues and to encourage them to make a conscious effort towards the improvement of the environment.”
“It is a unique integrated first ever exercise in India by the Department, focusing on all five elements of nature called “Panchamahabhuta” comprising of Bhumi (Earth), Jal (Water), Vayu (Air), Agni (Energy), Akash (Enhancement) to ensure sustainable development for the state.
“The younger generation is committed, enthused and extremely proactive in providing solutions to issues when it comes to the environmental topics and that resonates with our vision. At the Department all our initiatives and plans are inclusive across all age groups and we are very excited to engage children in this first of its kind action plan,” Mhaiskar added.
Shishir Joshi, CEO and Founder, Project Mumbai, said, “As a model of public private people participation, we at Project Mumbai have always worked at including every segment of the society, especially the critical stake holders. In this case, children and young adults. They have a voice of reason which needs to be heard.”
“Ideas for Action, leading to the Environment 2.0 Gen Next is one big sustained step in this direction for a better environment, with clean air, land and water. The initial response has been phenomenal,” Joshi said.
Student essays should offer actionable solutions to any one (either clean air, clean water or clean land) of the following environmental challenges:
‘Ideas in Action: Moving towards a world with clean air/ clean water/ clean land.’
Inspired by the thought of #मीforMaharashtra
The entries can either be in Marathi, Hindi or English. They can be in a text/essay or audio/video files.
Areas where solutions are the need of the hour include segregation of waste at source, landfills, waste management, sewage treatment, rainwater harvesting, river cleaning, marine litter, beach cleaning, vehicular emission, waste burning and noise pollution.
Who can participate:
The ‘Ideas for Action’ essay contest is open to students of higher secondary schools (ages 14 to 17) and junior college (ages 17 to 21).
Only those entries which are certified and submitted through the school/college/educational institution will be accepted.
Every participating institution can send not more than two entries under each category: Land, water or air.
Every shortlisted student and school will get a certificate of honour as Gen-Next Champion.
Entries can be mailed to: [email protected]
Last date for entries is December 20, 2020.