ENVIRONMENTAL CHAMPIONS 2020 INITIATES ITS FIRST STEP TOWARDS CLIMATE CHANGE
Environmental Heroes 2020 was completed successfully at the premises of Himalayan Climate Initiative (HCI). The event was all about finding an alternative or solution to Single use plastic packaging. The event started with an Ice breaking session facilitated by Youth Engagement Officer of HCI, Ms. Anju Khatako followed by Plenary Session by Ms. Shilshila Acharya, CEO of HCI. She talked about the current effects of plastics on the environment and ways to reduce carbon footprints. The final session was about Business Model Canvas taken by Mentor Mr.Sushant Rijal, Program Officer at King’s Incubation. This was really the game-changer as said by the students. Here, they came to know about the concept of value proposition, infrastructure, customers, and finances to be included in their ideas and final pitching. The day summed up when participants came up with a probable solution or alternative backed up by a business plan and presented it to the three mentors who were also the judges.
Some of the ideas presented by these participants were really innovative and effective. Even so, their drive for change in plastic packaging really came down to the impact they could create. The Idea “Thrift Shop”, an idea to host a movable second hand market won the championship and the judges were really fascinated by the level of their dedication and their effort to come up with such great ideas at such short time.
After the successful completion of Environmental Champions 2020, organizing teams are really keen to launch their next program for an increased impact on the environment on a global level for encouraging youths and concern environmental heroes ready to make a change.
Mr. Sushant Rjal ,Program Officer at King’s Incubator and mentor for the event said, “To spread sustainable practices, we need businesses to establish and scale sustainable products and services. Giving a business angle to sustainable practices is a promising stepping stone to these ideators.”
The event was organized by Teenage Society of Nepal and Bizonomics, in collaboration with King’s College and Himalayan Climate Initiative. Innovation Partners were Xiaomi Nepal and supported by Land our Future.