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July 19, 2011 > A true "green kid"

A true "green kid"

By Angie Wang
Photos By Shanti Balaraman

Pavan Raj Gowda is not your average elementary school student. In lieu of playing video games, Pavan invites other kids like himself, from near and far, to join him in his big dream of going green. When Pavan was invited to the City of Fremont's Earth Day Fair in April of 2009, he and fellow Earth-savers pledged to care for the environment, conserve water and energy, and support recycling and composting in order to save our planet.

In order to reach out to more kids his age from all over the world, Pavan and his family registered a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity organization called Green Kids Now, Inc. in May of 2010. This allowed him to take action and raise awareness of environmental issues globally. Pavan holds annual Green Kids Conferences to facilitate face-to-face meetings and help kids learn how to be active, making the planet a better place for everyone.

Pavan's idea to go green wasn't a trivial decision. Since Pavan was young, he was irritated by careless people leaving trash in unacceptable places. Pavan is inspired by those who have the nerve to take initiative and make a difference. He especially appreciates Al Gore, for his efforts to raise awareness of climate change; Ed Begley Jr., for his simplicity and passion for the environment in his everyday life; and Bill Gates, for his philanthropy and entrepreneurial skill.

Every year, Pavan enjoys the support and praise of many attendees and exhibitors during his Green Kids conferences. "It's great to see them excited and eager to learn how to help save the planet," Pavan says. His long-term goal is to educate young students and their families about environmental issues, available resources and opportunities, as well as new innovative ideas. Pavan wishes that kids from every community from all over the world will become leaders and help their communities toward a cleaner and healthier planet.

Green Kids Now is truly a "by kids, for kids" program. Because Pavan is a young student himself, he understands what interests other kids his age and designs the program to emphasize leadership, motivation, and initiative. Green Kids strongly encourages students to start their own "go green" campaign and find new ways to improve their communities and neighborhoods.

At Pavan's last Green Kids Conference, over 800 people attended, including Mrs. June Gorman, Education Chair of the UNA-USA Council of Chapters and Divisions, and Dr. Leonard Ferrari, provost at the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

The Transformative Education Forum from the United Nations and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School has asked Pavan and his family to organize another Green Kids Conference which has been scheduled for October 30 in Monterey. Over 50 world-class leaders are expected to attend the conference.

To learn more about Green Kids Now, Inc. and the Green Kids Conference, visit www.greenkidsnow.org.

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