The Environmental Innovators

Vidyut Mohan with his Earthshot Prize medal. Vidyut’s invention aims to reduce air pollution associated with stubble burning.

Historians tell us that an explosion of creativity occurs the moment the world starts complaining that there is nothing left to invent, or that all questions have long since been answered and that the search for solutions to complex problems has come to an end. This explosion is fate’s way of reminding us that there is always something just over the knowledge curve.

One of the most challenging fields that needs the brightest minds to collaborate on today is that of environmental sciences. The Earth is at a tipping point and we face a stark choice: either we continue as we are or we harness our unique power to lead and innovate ways to clean the air. The modern world we have built is at odds with the planet we live on. Forests and natural land are vital to human health and happiness, helping to prevent global warming and producing oxygen that we breathe.

The earth is warming faster than expected and the planet’s energy imbalance — the difference between how much of the sun’s energy the planet absorbs and how much radiates back out to space — has doubled since 2005, an increase equivalent to every person on Earth using 20 electric tea kettles at once!

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Moin Qazi holds PhDs in Development Economics and English. He worked for three decades at State Bank of India in various developmental roles. He served as Chancellor’s nominee in Nagpur University and as a Member of National Committee on Financial Inclusion at NITI Aayog. He is the recipient of the UNESCO World Politics Essay Gold Medal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Gold Medal from Dalit Sahitya Academy and Rotary International’s Vocational Excellence Award.