Young Girl from Jharkhand, India Wins International Eco-Hero Award
Action for Nature recognizes Rajashree Choudhury, age 11, for spreading environmental awareness and saving electrical energy at the Little Flower School
SAN FRANCISCO, June 19, 2013 – Action for Nature today announced the winners of its 2013 International Youth Eco-Hero Awards competition, a program to honor inspirational young people from around the globe who are helping to create a better future for our planet by taking action to address tough environmental problems. Rajashree Choudhury, age 11, was recognized for her efforts to spread environmental awareness and save energy at Little Flower School in Jamshedpur, India.
Choudhury took notice that her
school’s fees were being increased each year to support rising electrical
costs, yet classroom lights and fans were left running after classes were over,
the water cooler was kept running after school hours, and the outside lights
were not being turned off in the morning. Although she was young and unsure
about what could be accomplished, the young girl decided to take action. She
formed an Eco Club, and together with 12 other students, took the initiative to
address the waste of electricity within the Little Flower School.
The group’s first actions were to
carefully study the school’s electrical energy consumption, develop new
guidelines, and spread environmental awareness to reduce the misuse of
electricity by students and staff. In a school assembly, the Eco Club requested
that all 2000 students follow their new guidelines. They also created a
suggestion box to collect ideas from all the other students, thereby increasing
their investment in the project. Choudhury and the Eco Club began conducting
energy audits on a regular basis. After formally presenting their analysis and
action plan to the school’s governing body, they submitted requests to replace
old, non-efficient electrical appliances. So far, the project has reduced
Little Flower School’s electrical consumption by 7 percent. After an external
energy audit, their project was recognized as a “Best Project” in the entire
state of Jharkhand, India.
Choudhury’s ultimate goal is to reduce 70% of her school’s power consumption by December 2014. To do so, she and the Eco Club are now working on three innovative prototypes and reaching out to businesses to financially support the installation of solar power at Little Flower School. Choudhury created an energy-saving project guide to share information and has helped guide two other local schools to decrease their power consumption and resulting greenhouse-gas generation. She also serves as a Tunza Eco Generation Ambassador, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) for her home state of Jharkhand, India. She is helping to spread environmental awareness through the articles she writes for their website.
About Action for Nature
Every year since 2003, Action For Nature, a U.S.-based non-profit, has sought to recognize and reward young people ages 8-16 who are taking action to solve the world’s tough environmental problems. Youth from countries around the globe send in their stories and explain their work, then a panel of judges including experts in environmental science, biology and education determines the year’s top achievers. Each Eco-Hero Award winner receives a cash prize, a certificate of achievement and other benefits.
For more information on the 2013 Young Eco-Hero Award winners and their environmental initiatives, please go to www.actionfornature.org/.