These ‘climate warriors’ are making real change


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These climate warriors have worked tirelessly to pave the way for a sustainable future by raising awareness of the climate crisis and, most importantly, taking strong action to preserve the environment.

From a 9-year-old prodigy to Padma Shri winners, CNN-News18’s 12th Indian of the Year Awards will celebrate climate warriors who have set a precedent with their efforts to raise awareness for environmental conservation. environment

Climate warriors are the unsung heroes of our time and brave all odds to keep the environment clean and green.

In a post-pandemic world where climate change is becoming a major concern, the climate warrior category is a new addition to recognize people who are working on impactful and lasting change. The nominees in the climate warrior category are prodigies and experts in environmental awareness, inspiring countless people with their noble deeds.

These climate warriors have worked tirelessly to pave the way for a sustainable future by raising awareness of the climate crisis and, most importantly, taking strong action to preserve the environment.

Let’s take a look at this year’s nominees:

Marimuthu Yoganathan

Marimuthu Yoganathan, a bus driver in Tamil Nadu, also popular as Tree Man of Tamil Nadu, has planted more than three lakh saplings in the past three decades at his own expense. He distributes the saplings free of charge to passengers traveling on his bus. He has also visited countless schools, colleges and industries to raise awareness about environmental protection.

Sumaira Abdulali

Sumaira Abdulali works tirelessly to tackle noise pollution in Mumbai through her NGO, Awaaz Foundation. His efforts forced the authorities to enforce stricter laws. Abdulali can be spotted walking the streets of Mumbai with an audiometer during festivals when noise levels are at their peak.

Jamuna Tudu

Known as Lady Tarzan, Padma Shri Jamuna Tudu is among the nominees for the Climate Warrior award. She fought fiercely against the timber mafia in her home state of Jharkhand with her Van Suraksha Samity who actively protects the forests. Over the past 20 years, Tudu has formed a group of 300 women who take turns tracking down the timber mafia and arresting them.

Jadav Molai Payeng

We also have an example of determination in the person of Jadav Molai Payeng from Assam, who is single-handedly credited with establishing a 550-hectare forest reserve on Majuli Island in Assam. The inspiration Forest Man of India was also awarded the Padma Shri.

Prasiddhi Singh

Finally, we have 9-year-old Prasiddhi Singh, who is on a mission to conserve trees. She has already planted thousands of trees in Chennai and created 28 fruit forests. Her Prasiddhi Foundation, which she founded in 2018, has a mission to make the planet greener and raise awareness among young people and adults.

The CNN-News18 Indian of the Year Awards, presented in partnership with RP-Sanjiv Goekna Group and Reliance Industries Limited, will be announced on Wednesday, October 12 from 6 p.m.

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