14-year old Vinisha Umashankar is creating BIG change in the fight against air pollution and climate change! Let’s find out about the awesome invention that earned her a place in the Earthshot prize finals…

What’s the problem?

Each day in India, around 10 million ironing vendors take to the roadside, pressing clothes from their carts and burning up to five million kilograms of charcoal in the process.

HOW DOES THAT WORK?

Ironing vendors use a metal iron kept warm by hot charcoal to smooth clothes against the flat surface of their cart, which is like a giant ironing board! Customers wait while the clothes are pressed, and pay for the service.

In Vinisha’s hometown of Tiruvannamalai, these carts are everywhere! One day, on her way home from school, Vinisha noticed an ironing vendor dumping used charcoal in a bin. ‘Surely that can’t be good for the city?’, she thought.

Curious, Vinisha decided to do some research. She found that people working at ironing carts often become ill with lung disease, as the charcoal polluted the air around them. Plus, huge numbers of trees are cut down to make the charcoal, so using it contributes to deforestation, too.

Having learned this startling information, Vinisha decided to do something to help. Using all her science knowledge, she started inventing

How is Vinisha helping?

After lots of hard work, Vinisha created a solar-powered ironing cart, fuelled by clean energy from the sun! Her ingenious iron can work for six hours after just five hours’ charge. And guess what? It’s pollution-free! That makes it more environmentally-friendly, and safer for vendors, too. Yay!

Vinisha is hoping to manufacture her cart in India, and sell it at an affordable price, so that vendors can easily make the switch from charcoal to solar power. Ideally, she’d also love to send her clever creation to other countries in Asia and Africa, to help their vendors make the change, too.

What an inspiring eco-hero, well done Vinisha!

AWESOME EARTHSHOT PRIZE!

Vinisha is a finalist for the ‘Clean Our Air’ category of Earthshot prize, a global environmental award. Read all about the award, and other finalists, on their website: Earthshot Prize 2021.

Image credits: The EarthShot Prize.

What would you design to help save the planet? Let us know in the comments below!

Likes

LEAVE A COMMENT

THANK YOU

While you wait for it to be checked and approved why not to add a pre-selected message and a cool badge

WELL DONE,
YOUR COMMENT
HAS BEEN ADDED!

COMMENTS

  • go vinisha!

  • Great

  • Say

    Love this^ ^ :)

  • Ash

    cool!

  • good job

  • sAI

    Lovely Vinisha! I will also help to save the planet!

  • Afrah

    I love this

  • masyn

    Amazing+Awseome

  • ecofriendly

    wow

  • good job!

  • Funky little thing

    I think this is really important to take action about what is happening to the inviorment

  • keiarny

    Greta is one little girl who knows how to do a story of Greta and the Giants I'm lean about it in school at Batemans bay public school in 4

  • Vidyut

    This is awesome!

  • well done !

  • Bhagyaveer

    Your Love for Mother Earth is Amazing.. as your actions to save her. Mind-blowing!

  • Vinisha Umashankar

    Thank you all for the kind and supportive words! I am inspired to go further! Keep supporting ....

  • hurray!:)

  • Yumi

    Wow great job!

  • Charlotte

    Cool

  • Sally

    Awesome!

  • Good luckkkk

  • Olive

    She must've worked really hard!!!

  • Fay P

    Vinisha's vision is an inspiration to young and old. Seeing a problem is one thing, sticking with it to create a solution is another. Hats off to her. It gives me faith that the world is in good hands with next gen care for environment.

  • Congrats Vinisha!

  • yay

  • Sofia

    Thumps up Vinisha! You will win the Earthshot Prize for sure!

  • NatGeoKidsFan

    This invention is so cool! It must have taken a lot of time and a lot of hard work. I really enjoy reading this and every day on NatGeoKid website it inspires me even more to love and care for the planet|!

  • ikiasuka

    go india

  • Afrah

    Wow I would love to stop pollution

  • GracieH

    that is really cool!

ADVERTISEMENT
DIG Sept 2021 MPU

More Like General Kids Club

SPONSORED

Home Is Good

Get messy, explore and appreciate nature, all from the safety of home!
General Kids Club

How to make planet-friendly ice lollies

Cool off with this icy, tasty treat…
General Kids Club

Rayer’s quest for clean beaches!

This young eco-hero is fighting to save our beaches from plastic pollution…
General Kids Club

5 wildlife photography tips!

Get snap happy with these top tips for capturing animals on camera…
General Kids Club

10 tips to reduce plastic pollution

Find out what you can do to reduce your plastic waste…