The United Nations include a Class of Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals. This initiative of the UN recognizes the efforts of young individuals who work and implement their ideas to support the United Nation’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Udit Singhal founded a startup to turn glass bottles into sand. He is selected in the UN’s 2020 Class of Young Leaders. Udit is 18 years old and live near Mandi House. He said that along with 16 other individuals, he will motivate youth to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The startup founder is proud to represent India in the United Nations.
UDIT ATTENDED THE UNITED NATIONS FUNCTION ONLINE DUE TO COVID 19
Udit hopes to encourage communities to inculcate better civic sense to create sustainable living spaces. Due to COVID 19, Udit Singhal attended the function of the United Nations online. He would have gone to New York if the situation was normal.
STARTUP STORY OF UNITED NATIONS LEADER
Singhal found this startup of Glass to Sand in 2019. He founded this as a zero-waste system that turned bottles made of glass into sand. Singhal told his startup story and said that in 2018, he found a pile of bottles at his home. He researched and got to know that ragpickers do not collect plastic bottles due to less demand, high transportation costs, and storage space. It takes millions of years for plastic bottles to decompose and so many bottles end up lying near the landfills.
SINGHAL WORKED WITH 65 OTHER VOLUNTEERS AND MANY INSTITUTIONS
Singhal took permission from the New Zealand Commissioner in India and imported a machine from New Zealand. He took help from 65 volunteers, six diplomatic missions, and four institutions to collect bottles from across Delhi and began his work. He said that his team has converted 8,000 kg of bottles into 4,800 kg of high-grade silica sand. The silica sand is viable and is more valuable than river sand to make concrete. It is used for construction purposes to make roads and as lining in furnaces.
Singhal is a freshman at University College in London and completed his schooling from the British School in Delhi. He is a management sciences student at the University College in London.
UNITED NATIONS GENERAL SECRETARY CITED MORE LEADERS
The United Nation’s General Secretary Jayathma Wickramanayake cited some more young leaders for leading the way in shaping a more sustainable future. They all belong to the United States, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Peru, Egypt, Senegal, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Brazil, Liberia, Ireland, Columbia, Australia, Uganda, and Bangladesh.