12-year-old boy from Mumbai wins global recognition for environment-related project

Ayaan Shankta, a 12-year-old boy from Mumbai is an environmental activist. Recently he has been awarded the 2021 International Young Eco-Hero in honor of his efforts to address difficult environmental challenges.  Ayaan Shankta won third place in the 8-14 age category for his project Conservation and Rehabilitation of Powai Lake, according to a media release.

2021 International Young Eco-Hero is an award to the youth aged between 8 to 16 who are taking crucial steps to solve environmental problems. Ayaan Shankta is one among the 25 young activists across the globe to get honored by this award. Ayaan lives near a lake in Mumbai and the water source for him and his neighborhoods are from this lake. But this lake has also become a place to dump waste and garbage disposals. Ayaan in his statement claims that it would not only assist restore ecological balance in the largely populated metropolis of Mumbai, but it will also contribute to the conservation of endangered species.

Ayaan aims to raise awareness about pollution, clean up the lake, and protect its ecosystem. The environmental activist scripted an action report on lake conditions and is currently working on a documentary about Powai Lake. 

Beryl Kay, president of Action For Nature- an international non-profit organization says “ youngsters should rise and come up with new ideas to make our ecosystem and nature clean and neat. Some youngsters have already become leaders for the next generation, and they are taking steps and measures to solve the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.”