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Soumya Ranjan Biswal

Cleaning up everyone’s act for generations past, present and future

Soumya Ranjan Biswal’s village is located near the sea, one of the frontlines, so to speak, of India’s battle against climate change. The beaches near Soumya’s home have been a mass nesting site for the critical Olive Ridley Sea Turtles for a while. However, threatened by poachers, pollution and climate change, their habits were changing and their mortality rates had shot up. So, Soumya made it his mission to protect them. Joined by a friend, he even cycled his way into the record books trying to create greater awareness. To secure their habitat, he’s even conducted cleanliness drives to rid them of plastic waste.

Belonging to a coastal community, he understands the importance of mangroves both for fishing livelihoods and as a bulwark against the various cyclones that hit the state with regularity. He added their restoration and maintenance to his list of causes. His work supports SDG Goal 14 by protecting marine life and ecosystems. Soumya is passionate about conservation work that includes students and local communities. He also promotes sustainable forest protection programmes led by women. Only in his early twenties, he is already driven by a sense of climate justice for the welfare of the generations that will come after him.