"The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it"
Well, someone really took that seriously, and is an inspiration to us all. At a mere age of 8 when most of us don’t even realize the miracle which we are walking on, a student of Eicher School Faridabad became conscious about the environmental crisis we are facing. The name of this young genius is Madhav Datt. He joined the environmental club in his school in standard 3. Some may find it hard to digest but yes, it was at this very early age where he became aware of the "actions" that are being taken to protect the environment and how there are very few which are actually improving anything. This notion got into this young mind, and with zeal and passion to change the world and make Earth a better place, Madhav Datt at the age of 8 founded the international youth organization "Green the Gene" in the year 2004.
About the organization
The unique thing about “Green the Gene” is that all the positions of the organization are managed by volunteers under the age of 24 which includes the board, national executive teams, legal, operations, and all other facets of their work. It is worth mentioning that “The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.” The organization "Green the Gene" is led by Madhav Datt and a group of people who are concerned and passionate about bringing a change to the environment and making an impact and want to improve the current dire situation. Over the past years their campaigns, grass root organizings, projects, events and mass public actions are led from the bottom up by students and youth from schools and universities across 62 countries, who have decided to be the change and through whom we are successfully building a global grassroots movement for environmental change across the world.
For his dedicated work in the field of Environment, he was awarded a Commonwealth Youth Award for excellence in development work, 2016, and had been honored with the title of "Youth Environmentalist of the Year" by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India. He has represented India and been invited to speak at various international summits and forums on the environment, youth empowerment, leadership and social entrepreneurship, and as a part of the drafting committees of youth recommendations to various governments.
He represented the 700 million youth of the 47 countries of the Asia Pacific Region, as the UNEP Tunza Eco-Generation Ambassador. As the Outreach Team Leader and Facilitator at the UNCSD MGCY, he worked to mobilize children and youth to take active part in the Rio+20 conference, and UNEP Governing Council. He is actively involved in various youth and environmental initiatives as the President of "Wake up Call India" and was also an elected member of the Global Board at Plant for the Planet. He is currently working as the Representative of Children & Youth at the United Nations Environment Program(UNEP).
He is also the initiator and host of 'Inspiration'- one of India's most sought after annual inter-school event.
A source of inspiration for the Students
Well, to your amazement his hard work and achievements are not only confined within the organization 'Green the Gene', but, he has been working equally hard to judicious with his passion for technology. It may not be wrong to state that he has already achieved what many of the youth today dream of. He is studying Computer Sciences at the prestigious institution, IIT Kharagpur and is currently studying as a visiting undergraduate in the most eminent institute on the globe "Harvard University". Just to mention some of his achievements, he was selected as a KVPY fellow, of course aced the JEE entrance exam and bagged a seat in the CS department at IIT KGP, had his internships at NIC as a software engineer, then a Crowd Source Developer at Stanford University, intern at IBM Research as a software engineer where he worked in the field of Artificial Intelligence and apart from this has been at some important positions in many organizations. Many of our goals simply find a fancy place in his LinkedIn profile.
For most of us this might appear as a story of a complete life time, but Madhav Datt has accomplished it in such a young age. He has combined the elements of modern scientific education and moral values which, to be truthful is very hard in the current scenario. The path to such accomplishments is very difficult and requires great enthusiasm and motivation but he has made the hard way look easy, with his vision, simplicity and constant efforts. The most fascinating stuff in his story is that he started at a very tender age. This reminds us of the very famous quote by Jordon Belfort- "without actions the best intentions in the world are nothing more than that: intentions". So now if anyone of you has an intention to bring about a change in our nation, environment or on our globe, you know what to do- start acting.
Just to remind you, the prodigy is just out of his teenage. Yeah, you read that right! He will be returning right here in IIT KGP in the very next semester and would have a lot of experience to share with us and we are looking forward to know about his future goals and the vision of the future that he is going to create, not simply enter. With many years to come, we hope Madhav will continue making us proud and bringing a global change.
Visit https://www.linkedin.com/in/madhavdatt to know more about Madhav Datt.
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