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UK High Commission in India fete Earthshot Prize Award winner, finalist

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New Delhi, Oct 19 (MNN) The British High Commission has held a special reception to celebrate the winner and finalist of inaugural Earthshot Prize.

India’s Vidyut Mohan was named among five winners in a ceremony held in London on October 17. His initiative called Takachar was the winner in the ‘clean our air’ category and won 1 million pounds as prize money.

Takachar develops small scale, low cost portable systems that converts farm residue into high-value bio products which enables farmers to increase their income by 30 per cent and reduce smoke emissions by 98 per cent, which helps improve the air quality. It could potentially cut carbon emissions by a billion tonnes in a year.

14-year-old Vinisha Umashankar made it to the list of 15 finalists and her project will receive tailored support from The Earthshot Prize Global Alliance – an unrivalled network of philanthropies, NGOs, and private sector businesses around the world who will help scale their solutions.

British Deputy High Commissioner to India, Jan Thompson, said: “I would like to congratulate both Vidyut and Vinisha for their achievement. Earthshot aims to provide the right direction to the innovative solutions offered by young people around the globe in our collective fight against climate change.

“It’s also reminder for leaders around the globe as we approach COP26 that young generation is looking up to them for concrete action to save and restore our planet.”

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