Priti Rajagopalan, an Indian climate activist, has been awarded the Commonwealth Youth Award 2013. The 23 year old received a 5,000-pound grant towards her work at a ceremony held at the Commonwealth Secretariat headquarters in London, the Commonwealth said on Saturday.
The Commonwealth Youth Awards for excellence in development work recognise the contribution of young people in achieving development goals. Rajagopalan received the award for the pan-Commonwealth and Asia region.
At 18, she started with waste management (segregation and composting) in her city and was invited by the municipality to devise a plan for the entire city. She also helped set up an organic fertiliser co-operative which has helped farmers in the area. Priti is also building sustainable toilets in villages that have never had them, eco-gardens and teaching children about sustainability. Currently she is working in food security in India and visits villages experimenting with organic farming, land use planning, and solar technologies. She graduated in engineering in 2012.
Priti was a British Council’s International Climate Champion and also a youth delegate at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
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