The Boy Who Dreamed of Cleaning the Oceans: Inspiring Story of Haaziq Kazi

Imagine the noise of a bustling Indian city fading away as you journey towards the serene coastline. The salty air fills your lungs, the sound of waves crashing against the shore resonates in your ears, and the sight of the vast blue ocean stretches as far as your eyes can see. But as you look closer, the ocean's surface isn't just water—it's littered with plastic. This horrifying scene isn't dystopian fiction. It's a horrific reality that a young boy from Pune, India, named Haaziq Kazi, is fighting to change.

An Early Awakening

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Did you know?

  • To prevent warming beyond 1.5°C, we need to reduce emissions by 7.6% every year from this year to 2030. (EGR, 2019)
  • 2019 was the second hottest year on record in the last 140 years, just behind 2016, averaging 0.95 of a degree C above the normal (NOAA)
  • Earth naturally sequesters half the CO2 produced by human beings.
  • Highest concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere ever recorded in human history was in July 2021, 416 ppm.
  • On an average, global glaciers have thinned by 10 metres since 1980.
  • Only 57 countries (representing 60 percent of global emissions) are on track to meet their commitments by 2030.
  • Ocean absorbs 93% of the excess heat and 30% of the CO2 emissions produced from human activity. (IPCC, 2019)
  • Around 54% of greenhouse gas emissions come from just 3 of the biggest emitters, USA, China and Europe while the 100 least-emitting countries contribute less than 3%. (Climate Watch, 2020)
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Chennai aims to reduce 40% carbon emissions by 2040

The Chennai Climate Action Plan is a comprehensive plan to reduce the city's carbon emissions by 40% in 17 years. The project was launched in June 2023 and is aligned with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

The climate action plan focuses on five key areas:

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Photo Story

Recent flash floods across the towns and cities in the lap of Himalayan region brought forth destruction, devastation and disaster risks to the forefront. In this photo story we bring to you destruction at the school based on the manjhi river bank, vulnerability of poor household situated adjacent to river bank and reconstruction work post the flashflood in Bhagau Nag area of dharamshala.