This year in the Climate Change Challenge 2.0 we encouraged young adults to look at their local surroundings in the context of climate change. We tried to create a platform to engage climate change experts (scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs among many) with young students. We hope this forum inspired and empowered the youth to engage with their immediate surroundings, evaluate and predict the impact of climate change in present or in coming future, and become advocates in the fight against climate change. We want them to become changemakers through art, research and technology development.
We have initiated a challenge for high school students (grade 9-12) to identify impacts of climate change in their local surroundings, and ideate solutions to combat them. We partnered with KV Rao Scientific Society’s SPARK Innovation Awards to widen the reach of the challenge to the 5 states of southern India. Of the 50 plus entries that we received, 10 were invited to Hyderabad to present their ideas to judges from different institutes of Hyderabad, in addition to our scientists – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, and Suno India podcast makers.