New Delhi: Nine Years Old Licypriya Kangujam, a student of Ryan International School, Noida Extension has won the prestigious TN Khoshoo Memorial Award 2020 in recognition of her fight against climate change. The award was instituted in 2004 to honour the legacy of the world-renowned environmental scientist, Dr Triloki Nath Khoshoo and consists of a cash prize of Rs. 1 lac.
The award is presented annually by Ashoka Trust for Research on Ecology and The Environment (ATREE) to an academician or a practitioner whose work has had an impact in the fields of environment, conservation, or development. The award encourages and promotes individuals for outstanding achievements in the field of conservation and sustainable development.
Licypriya has been actively fighting for climate justice in India and different parts of the world for over two years now. She is one of the youngest environmental activists and the leading voices for climate change in the World. She is running and campaigning for climate education across the world and so far, the state of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Sikkim has given positive response to her and over 1000 private schools across India and other countries have started teaching climate education in schools after her request. She also planted over 3.5 lakhs trees under her initiative “Monday for Mother Nature” where she plants thousands of trees with various school children every week on Monday with a mission to plant one million trees every year and to make our planet green again.
“I have decided to donate this cash prize to give free education to arm conflict victim children of my country. It will give them a new ray of hope in their lives with my small efforts in the little capacity I have. Education only can bring peace and hope in this world”, said Licypriya.
“I am grateful to all my mentors and people of the country and the world for their love and support. This award will boost more confidence in our future campaign and my child movement to save our planet and our future. This news will inspire millions of children around the world”, she further added.
Speaking about this marvelous achievement, Madam Grace Pinto, Managing Director, Ryan International Group of Institutions said, “On behalf of the entire Ryan Group of schools, we congratulate Licypriya on receiving this prestigious award, making us and the nation proud. “Environment” is one the vision points inculcated among students at Ryan and we are happy that our values are being followed by our students. We wish Licypriya success in all her future endeavours and pray that she becomes a global leader and warrior for environmental causes and brings honour to our nation.”
Some of the past recipients of this award were Sonam Wangchuk, Meena Subramanium, Dr Rajeswari Raina, etc. The award is given only to great scientists and eminent personalities of the country. Licypriya is the youngest receiving so far in the last 16 years.