Puruskar Received at National Level (in India) by a UAE Student & SynergY founder Shortlisted as Best Student

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 22, 2014 --(PR.com)-- Simran Vedvyas, a student at Universal American School, Dubai, UAE received the Puruskar Award for mobilizing young people to join her group "SynergY" for environmental awareness activities. The campaign that helped garner interest in her work and she showcased this work at several global forums. Simran Vedvyas was short listed as the Best Student Award category for Paryavaran Mitra 2013 at National level.

A successful Exhibition and the Award Ceremony held in Ahmedabad aimed to appreciate and acknowledge good work not only to motivate the doer but also for provide an opportunity to learn. The event was organized by Centre for Environment Education (CEE), beautifully built on a natural sand dune.

A total of about 2500 schools responded and submitted their entries in school, teacher and student categories. Through a long process of scrutiny at state level by experts in the field of education and environment that included government officials, 96 schools, 65 teachers and 57 students were nominated for the national level Puraskar. A National Committee comprising of eminent experts in the field of education, environmental education, and environmental solutions shortlisted 15 schools, 14 teachers and 15 students for the Paryavaran Mitra Puraskar.

Present at the Award Ceremony were some legends of the environment including Dr. Ashok Khosla, Chairman, Development Alternatives; Former Director, UNEP and Former President IUCN, Dr. G V Subrahmanyam, Advisor, Ministry of Environment, Forests, and Climate Change and Shri Kartikeya V. Sarabhai, Director, Centre for Environment Education.

Along the same time in California USA, Simran received continued Global Recognition as honoured being the recipient of the International Young Eco Hero Awards, by Action For Nature USA. 2014 International Young Eco-Hero Awards; aims to recognize young people 8 to 16 years old for their environmental achievements and hopes that the accomplishments of these outstanding young people will inspire many others to preserve and protect the Earth upon which all life depends.

Through her group SynergY, Simran provides leadership for students from the UAE and India who work passionately to set an example for others and raise awareness. The group has planted over one thousand trees in the neighborhood to green the landfill areas and to raise awareness about the need to reduce landfills and improve waste management practices. In addition, Simran has given school presentations, radio and television interviews and writes blogs. She hopes to implement this outreach with other Asian cities including her hometown in India.

Simran’s mission to create networks for children and youth to talk about the environment, and gain a clear understanding of environmental issues today, especially her particular interest in the Reducing Landfills and thus Empowering Others has led to over 1000 followers, of whom mostly youth, contribute to transform her vision into reality. By attending over three-dozen international conferences, youth forums, and events, traveling across the globe to make presentations and mobilizing youth she has successfully connected on various global platforms including the Global Youth board of Plant-for-the-Planet, Earth Charter International, My World 2015, Climate Reality and TUNZA Eco Generation to name a few.

In the capacity of Country Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates of COP in My City (Lima 20) 2014 and Road to (Paris 21) in Dubai Simran is busy planning to organize extensive youth conference, simulation and climate action as a requisite of COP in My City, an International Youth Climate Mobilization Project, designed and coordinated by the organisation CliMates during Nov-Dec’2014.

Concretely, many cities are organizing their own mobilization in order to bridge the gap between the city and the COP (Conference of Parties), raising awareness of young people and enhance concrete local projects to fight against climate change. The event intends to be a fun project that will enable high school and university students to join a community of young change-makers.
Simran Vedvyas