Introducing the second cohort of YOUCAN Fellows - The Earth Ambassadors.
Passionate individuals with an inclination to learn, eagerness to connect children with nature and care for our rapidly changing Earth.
Biswajit De, Assam
Biswajit is a conservation educator and teacher from Assam. Through his organisation, WildRoots India, he runs Environmental Awareness Programmes with Schools and Colleges in the North East using art and design as his primary tools. He feels that the present generation is getting further away from nature, and environmental education should provide them with the encouragement and means to 'get out'. Through the Earth Ambassadors Programme, he aims to benefit from tools, resources and learning outcomes that add values to his programmes in the NorthEast.
Rohit Varma, Jharkhand
Rohit Varma is a postgraduate student in environmental science. Through the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship, he believes to create avenues to ideate and articulate on how adolescents can become initiators of change through citizenship action and awareness programs. He feels that, environmental education is an approach in which we explore our surroundings and secure learning, abilities, values, experiences, and passion, all of which empower us to act aggregately to take care of present and future environmental issues, relationships and interactions between natural and human systems. This will foster our future generations.
Suhasini Singh, New Delhi
Suhasini Singh, a high school student, believes that youth is the only chance at redemption we have in today’s changing planet. Being an active member of her school’s eco club, she has taken part in protests, flash mobs, street plays, plantation drives, many in cooperation with the Delhi Metro Railway Corporation as part of the cleanliness program 'Swacch Chetna'. Through the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship, she plans to expand her knowledge on the various aspects of nature as well as the variety of problems it faces. Her goal is to conduct highly engaging and interactive programs to grasp the attention and interest of all students on nature.
Tejaswi Battula, Andhra Pradesh
Tejaswi is an environmental science teacher at Padmavathi Vidyalaya school. She believes in the power of education to protect the planet Earth. She feels that if she becomes a nature educator, she can teach more effectively to children and make them as mentors for the future. She is keen to address the local environmental problems through the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship, she plans to conduct the programs like learning from the fields that are adjacent to her school.
Sowjanya Singari, Andhra Pradesh
Sowjanya is a computer science teacher at Padmavathi Vidyalaya school. She is keen to address environmental issues in rural areas around her locality. Through the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship, she has joined hands with her colleague Tejaswi, to conduct effective nature education programs in her school. She is keen to implement interactive awareness programs for middle school children through wildlife and conservation documentaries and aims to create a nutrition garden in her school.
Sridhar Raja, Tamil Nadu
Sridhar is an assistant professor in electronics at a college in Chennai. Being a consistent volunteer with various environment organisations exposed him to low levels of environmental awareness in villages when compared to cities. He feels that this should change, and young people in villages should take part in environment conservation. Through the Earth Ambassadors Fellowship, he has set his short term and long term goals to work with a Government middle school near his home to create a nutrition garden, implement rainwater harvesting and take students on field visits to a waste management site.