- One of these young innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, and conservators will receive a diploma, medal and prize money of 100,000 SEK (Swedish currency) at a gala event in November in Stockholm, Sweden.
Two Indian American teenagers and one each from India and Pakistan are among five finalists for this year’s Children’s Climate Prize. The international award is annually presented to young people taking action to bring sustainable solutions for our planet. “It celebrates and sheds light on young innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers and conservators in order to spread hope and inspire,” according to the Children’s Climate Prize website.
Finalists include Akhila Ram, 17, of Lexington, Massachusetts; Samyak Shrimali, 17, of Portland, Oregon; Sparsh, 17, who only goes with his first name, from Patna, India; Eiman Jawwad, 17, from Lahore, Pakistan; and Jacqueline Prawira, 17, of Mountain House, California.
One of these five will be declared the winner at a gala event in November in Stockholm, Sweden. They will receive a diploma, medal and prize money of SEK 100,000 to continue developing their projects.
In her project — ‘Continuous Groundwater Monitoring with Machine Learning, —Akhila Ram has developed a machine learning model that uses satellite data to predict detailed changes in groundwater with high accuracy for the United States, according to her profile on the Children’s Climate Prize website. “A groundwater monitoring dashboard utilizes the model predictions to provide an accessible way for everyone to be aware of groundwater trends,” the website says. These “precise measurements will provide local officials with the tools needed to preserve their region’s resources, eliminating excess groundwater depletion.”
Samyak Shrimali has designed PlantifyAI, a mobile application for efficient crop disease detection and treatment. “It utilizes deep-learning AI algorithms to efficiently and accurately detect crop diseases in plants. When detected, the app also provides treatment steps, common symptoms, and access to recommended curing products,” according to his profile on the awards website. The app provides farmers with “a free, easy-to-use, and widely accessible tool, which has the potential to significantly increase global food security, and thus reduce hunger and greenhouse gas emissions,” the website says.
Sparsh has made a Thermal Floater, a device that efficiently converts thermal energy from the sun into electrical energy. His floating invention can easily be installed on any inland or stagnant water bodies, thus it doesn’t require any dedicated land resources. Apart from converting thermal energy, the modules also contribute to other environmental benefits, such as reducing evaporation (increasing water availability for other uses), as well as reducing algal bloom in freshwater.
Realizing that used-up tea leaves and coffee grounds could be used as a great source of organic fertilizers, Eiman Jawwa has started a movement in Pakistan, where the highly potent tea leaves and coffee grounds are collected and redistributed to the local nurseries. Except for helping the plants grow, her project reduces waste and helps reduce the costs for the nurseries. Together with all the community engagement, she has been able to collect more than 5 tons of organic fertilizers over three years, which has facilitated the growth of more than thousands of plants in the local nurseries and parks.