A15-year-old girl from Tamil Nadu, who was recognized Earth Day Network Rising Star 2021 (USA) for her idea of â€˜Solar Ironing Cartâ€™, has exhorted the world to move towards clean energy during the recently concluded COP 26.
Miss Vinisha Umashankar, a class 10 student from Tiruvannamalai district of Tamil Nadu who received the Dr APJ Abdul Kalam IGNITE Awards instituted by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) â€“ India, an autonomous body of the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India for her mobile ironing cart, which uses solar panels to power a steam iron box is now an inspiration for the world for her speech at the 26th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (31st Oct â€“ 12th Nov) at Glasgow, Scotland.
â€œI am not here to speak about the future, I am the future,â€ she said encouraging the world to move towards renewable energy and accelerating the journey which started with the innovation in 2019.
The prototype of Vinishaâ€™s mobile ironing cart which uses solar panels to power a steam iron box has been developed by National Innovation Foundation (NIF) â€“ India in the year 2019.
A key benefit of the solar ironing cart is that it eliminates the need for coal for ironing bringing about a welcome shift towards clean energy. End users can move around and offer services at doorstep for increasing their daily earning. The ironing cart can also be fitted with a coin-operated GSM PCO, USB charging points and mobile recharging which can fetch extra income. It is an ingenious solar-powered alternative for the millions of charcoal burning ironing carts for pressing clothes and can benefit the workers and their families. The device can also be powered by pre-charged batteries, electricity or diesel-powered generator in the absence of sunlight.
Vinishaâ€™s efforts have made India stand out as a country which brings innovative solutions for the climate change problem. Prominent world leaders like the Honâ€™ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi; Prime Minister of Britain Mr. Boris Johnson; President of USA Mr. Joe Biden; Prince William, founder of The Earthshot Prize; Mr. John Kerry, the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) from USA; The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Noted philanthropist Mr. Michael Bloomberg amongst others were audience to her speech which is attracting a global appreciation.