Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
Campaign: I had started my own campaign, PEPC Campaign (Papers, Ewastes, Plastics and Cans) to inform the importance of recycling and to put an end to single-use plastics. As an environmentalist and green activist, I strongly believe that we can change our existing practices into green and sustainable solutions using technology. I am collecting papers, electronic wastes, plastics and cans for recycling. As Drop It Youth Ambassador I am raising awareness about single-use plastic pollution and encouraging individuals and organizations to reduce their carbon footprints through simple everyday choices. Purpose: We live on a blue planet, with oceans and seas covering more than 70 per cent of the Earths surface. Oceans feed us, regulate our climate, and generate most of the oxygen we breathe. Oceans are facing threats as a result of human activity. Every year, an estimated 8 million tons of plastic waste end up in the worlds oceans. My campaign aims to reduce the carbon footprint. Activities: I raise awareness in my school and community by giving pep talks and presentations. I go in for beach clean-up, desert clean-up campaigns organized by Environment Agency (EAD) and Day4Dubai to keep our environment clean and to emphasize the importance of reducing wastes and follow 3Rs. I am a YOUNG TIMES Panelist and write articles for Young Times Magazine (Khaleej Times) for preserving and protecting the ENVIRONMENT. I innovated a robot, M-Bot Cleaner (Marine Robot Cleaner) to provide vital protection (in a sustainable manner) to the marine habitats as it removes the waste from the surface of the water bodies. The purpose of my project is to preserve our marine environment. I am working towards SDG14 which aims to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Measures to evaluate success: I raise environmental awareness and request my schoolmates and community to take a pledge to refuse single-use plastic cups, plates, spoons, bags and install a water filter. The number of pledges taken in www.dropityouth.org will measure the success of people refusing to use plastics. Achievements: Within a span of 3 months more than 1000 people have taken online pledges.
Sustainability and future plans
Plans for future growth: The campaign selects individuals or groups in age group of 11 to 22 years. The Drop It Youth Ambassadors run their respective campaigns in their community and encourage people to take online pledges. A unique set of tools, posters and info graphics will be provided for the ambassadors. More ambassadors to be nominated to spread more environmental awareness.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am Sainath Manikandan, 11 years old, studying in grade 7 in GEMS United Indian School. I assume various roles as an innovator, active environmentalist, outstanding student, passionate social campaigner, Abacus graduate, Brown belt in Karate, Junior Emergency Response Lead Member, Keyboard player and a budding artist. I spread awareness about the need to protect, conserve and preserve the earths resources and reduce, reuse and recycle wastes and Say No to plastics. I am a Drop It Youth Ambassador and an active member of Emirates Environmental Group,EEG. I have persuaded many students to rethink plastics as they are not our bodys best friend as it affects both marine species and our health.