Indian climate change activist Priti Rajagopalan wins Commonwealth youth award

Indian climate change activist Priti Rajagopalan wins Commonwealth youth award.

An Indian climate change activist Priti Rajagopalan who works with local communities and governments for environmental change has been awarded the Commonwealth youth award.

Priti Rajagopalan23-year old Priti received a 5,000-pound grant towards her work at a ceremony held at the Commonwealth secretariat headquarters in London, the Commonwealth said on October 19, 2013.

The Commonwealth Youth Awards for excellence in development work recognize the contribution of young people in achieving development goals. Rajagopalan received the award for the pan-Commonwealth and Asia region.

At the age of 18, Rajagopalan started a waste management programme in India with some friends, training students across 200 schools and more than 40 universities in separating waste and composting.

The compost was sold cheaply to farmers. The Indian government now funds the project in more than 40 cities.

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