Young Achievers

Indian student selected for international environmental youth council

Ishan Kapur of The Blue Voice

Ishan Kapur, a senior student of Wellington College, U.K., has been selected to Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Program’s 2023 Future Blue Youth Council, a global group of diverse young leaders who will work together to empower fellow peers to advocate for a healthier and safer future for our blue planet.

Bow Seat is a non-profit based in Massachusetts, USA, whose mission is to engage youth in ocean conservation and advocacy. Since its founding in 2011, nearly 30,000 teens from over 130 countries have participated in its programmes that educate students about issues impacting ocean health, uplift youth voices for conservation, and inspire them to participate in positive, creative actions.

Future Blue Youth Council (FBYC) members will mentor grantees of the international fellowship program, a by-youth, for-youth FBYC initiative that provides funding and guidance to young people addressing water-related challenges in their local communities. Council members will also inform, advise and shape Bow Seat’s educational initiatives and international outreach.

Ishan, who was selected from more than 50 applicants worldwide, joins 13 other young leaders on the 2023 Future Blue Youth Council. His experiences in the oceans opened his eyes to the harsh realities of environmental pollution, climate change and biodiversity loss. Driven to develop a solution, he founded The Blue Voice, a campaign that helps conserve marine life, regrow coral reefs, and reduce pollution, while empowering weaker sections of society. Through the campaign, supported by the Bow Seat Fellowship Grant, single-use plastic bags are transformed into sleeping mats for the unhoused population in New Delhi. “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity and can’t wait to see all the incredible things we will accomplish together,” said Ishan.

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