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June 15, 2012 > Local student wins second place in the Young Eco-Hero Awards

Local student wins second place in the Young Eco-Hero Awards

Submitted By Ian Pereida-Perry, Photo courtesy of Shanti Balaraman

Pavan Raj Gowda, age 12, a student at Glenmoor Elementary School in Fremont, is a winner of Action For Nature's 2012 International Young Eco-Hero Award. Gowda was honored for educating and influencing other youth.

In 2009 Gowda started Green Kids Now, Inc. He did so because he observed people mistreating the planet and wanted kids to take action. Gowda put up flyers and advertised to get the word out and so far over 1,000 kids have pledged to help the environment. He feels information sharing is extremely important and says, "We do not have to waste time reinventing the wheel." He works with principals and with the Green Kids teams at each school to show other kids how to take action and bring them the opportunities they need to implement their ideas.

Recently, Gowda planned "A Green Kids Conference" which had over 800 attendees and he is now planning another. His radio interviews are heard by over 150 classes in Australia and around the world. The subjects covered relate to climate change/global warming, reducing waste, energy use, effects on plants and forests, food choices, water, air quality-and much more.

The author of two books, sold on, Gowda plans to reach out to more organizations for partnership and financial grants so that he can reach more youth. He hopes that the programs and services of Green Kids Now will continuously evolve to meet the needs of schools and communities. For more information, visit

Every year since 2003, Action For Nature (AFN), a U.S.-based non-profit, has recognized young people ages 8-16 who are taking important steps to solve tough environmental problems. Youth from countries around the world send in their stories and explain their work. A panel of judges including experts in environmental science, biology and education determines the year's winners.

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