It is assuring to see the country’s youngsters take interest in the bettering environment conditions these days. Days after a teenager from Chennai built a satellite to study global warming and air pollution, a UP girl has completed a ‘climate-energy challenge’ course from Harvard University.

Manassangyini Chaudhary (12) from Baghpat has completed the four-month-long Harvard course on climate-energy, reported TOI.

The Climate-Energy Challenge

The course is specifically meant for research scholars and professionals.

Manassangyini was selected on the basis of her previous work on environment conservation and sustainable development. The girl was also a brand ambassador for the Hindon River Rejuvenation Plan in Uttar Pradesh. The plan is a collaborative effort of the UP government, NGO Tarun Bharat Sangh and the Water Resources Group, a platform that helps ensure sustainable water resource management.

Daniel P Schrag, director of the course at Harvard, said Manassangyini not only got entry into a course meant for scientists and professionals, but also scored high marks. This shows her deep interest and concern for issues surrounding the environment

The girl is a student of class VIII at the Delhi Public School (DPS) in Sonepat. She said, “I am fully committed to helping our planet get back on the path of sustainable development. I still have a lot to learn and implement it into action.”

Life-changing incident

When Manassangyini was only 9 years old, she saw a snake dying soon after it crossed the heavily polluted Hindon river in UP. This affected her greatlly. Her father, Sandeep Chaudhary, who is a corporate trainer, said, “That incident changed her life forever. She chose to dedicate her life for the betterment of the environment.”

She also holds the distinction of being the youngest participator at the 5th International Conference on Poverty and Sustainable Development, held in Colombo in December last year.

Sarath Kotagama, professor of environmental science at the University of Colombo, praised her dedication. He said participants at the conference were taken aback by Manassangyini’s confidence.

Way to go, Manassangyini!

Bhawana is an intern with SheThePeople.TV
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