Green Kids Now

By: Pavan Gowda

Environment , Nature Lover

Over the last few centuries since the Industrial Revolution, humans have polluted the Earth in ways that have been devastating to the majority of life on the planet – including to ourselves. From climate change to plastic in the ocean, we have had a tremendously negative impact on our entire ecosystem. Right now, 110 million Americans live in areas with “levels of air pollutants the federal government considers to be harmful.” 1.15 million animals are killed by plastic waste, either by eating it or becoming trapped or strangled. Clearly, something needs to be done.

Technology was originally the cause of most of these harmful effects – and, used correctly, will likely be what saves the planet from mistakes of the past. By supporting development in STEM  fields – Science, Technology, Engineering and Science – we will be taking an important steps to resolving many of the issues currently plaguing our environment.

 

For as long as I can remember, I have had a sense of personal responsibility toward the environment and the global ecosystem. As a young boy I was always curiously baffled whenever I saw garbage on the highway and by the age of 8, I wrote my first story about how the community as a whole needs to work together to support a healthy environment. That story led to the publication of my first pro-environmentalism book, Two Tales from a Kid. I later published a second book about the dangers of fracking, which is a method of extracting natural gas that can cause everything from increased greenhouse emissions, to leakage of radioactive material, and even earthquakes. I quickly realized that I wanted to take a more active role in addition to spreading awareness. With that in mind, I founded my organization, Green Kids Now.

I developed Green Kids Now to encourage kids around the world to pursue a cleaner, healthier planet. Our mission is to help kids take the path of innovation by utilizing STEM areas (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics), while being responsible and caring towards the environment. Kids can lead this initiative by raising awareness, taking action in their communities, and sharing ideas and experiences.  With is in mind, in 2012 I created the Green Star School Awards, which include a list of guidelines that schools can follow to make their practices more eco-friendly, and qualify for a Green Star rating.

At Green Kids Now, we also especially focus on helping kids innovate responsibly, by showing how to create new products and systems with the environment in mind. We hope to continue inspiring kids to be leaders in their community to protect the environment. By creating a new generation of leaders with a sense of environmental responsibility, we will create an Earth that promotes health and unity for the world ecosystem.

Team Members

  • Pavan Raj Gowda

    Founder

    Pavan Raj Gowda, is a passionate environmentalist. He is the founder of a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization, Green Kids Now, Inc. He is also the founder of the Green Kids Conference where children learn, innovate, take action, and share ideas and experiences. He is an official Youth Speaker for the Biomimicry 3.8 Institute, writes for the Environmental Protection Agency's student blog, and serves as an international reporter for the Primary Perspective Radio in Australia. Pavan enjoys science as much as his favorite sport, basketball, and loves spending time exploring the natural world with his family. Pavan believes that by learning from nature, we can also practice sustainable living.

Impact

Eco TV

Oct. 12, 2015

Check out the KRON news eco segment detailing my work.  This programming was designed to meet the educational and informational needs of children. 

The Climate Reality Project

Sept. 29, 2015

I served as a mentor for the California team of Climate Leaders at the Miami Climate Leaders meeting, There were representations from 80 countries at this meeting.

How Green Kids Now is changing the world!

Aug. 2, 2015

KooDooZ

KooDooZ is a youth media firm which believes young people are the drivers behind popular culture and social change.  They recently produced a video about Pavan.

Awards & Recognition

In The News

New anti-fracking books are popping up, Akron Beacon Journal, 7/22/2014. There’s now more anti-fracking books flowing than natural gas. There’s even an anti-fracking book for kids, written (appropriately) by a 12-year-old: A vacation to the Amazon takes an odd turn when a gecko introduces young Rick to the Amazonian Gecko King. The latter confers a combination of gecko and snail powers upon the boy, allowing him to fight environmental destruction back home in the US. Read More

U.S. Rep. Swalwell, EPA Regional Administrator Honor Fremont, Calif. Student with Presidential Award, US Environmental Protection Agency Newsroom, 4/11/2014. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Administrator Jared Blumenfeld and U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15) today honored Pavan Raj Gowda of Fremont, Calif. with EPA Region 9’s President’s Environmental Youth Award during a ceremony held at Pavan’s school, Alsion Montessori Middle/High School in Fremont. “EPA is pleased to recognize Pavan’s efforts to raise the level of environmental awareness of his young peers through his annual Green Kids Conference,” said Mr. Blumenfeld. “He is an inspiration for the community at large.” Read More

Fremont boy with a mission to save our planet!, Save The Bay Blog, 5/14/2013. Caring for the environment has always been part of who I am. At age 8, I expressed my thoughts openly about how a community needs to come together to care for the environment through a story called, “Two Lakes”, which was later included in my first published children story book, Two Tales from a Kid. Read More

Fremont teen wins green awards, on mission to help the environment, San Jose Mercury News, 4/28/2013. For as long as he can remember, Pavan Raj Gowda has understood the critical danger of living on a polluted planet and the importance of nursing it back to health. "When I was really little, I would see garbage on the highway and wonder why it was there," the Fremont 13-year-old said. "I've always been passionate about the planet. I'm not sure why." Pavan has been on a mission to educate people about pollution and his efforts now have been noticed. Read More

Muir Association presents 35th annual Conservation Awards, Martinez News-Gazette, 4/21/2013. The John Muir Association presented the 35th annual John Muir Conservation Awards on Saturday during the John Muir Birthday-Earth Day Celebration at the John Muir National Historic Site. In addition to the four categories of awards, two special recognition awards were given for extraordinary accomplishments. Read More

FREMONT BOY WINS PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD, ABC7 News, 4/16/2013. Pavan Raj Gowda, a 12-year-old from Fremont received the 2012 President's Environmental Youth Award for his environmental stewardship work. It is a major award for Gowda who founded a non-profit organization called Green Kids Now, Incorporated. The organization focuses on raising children's awareness of environmental issues. The seventh grader has also written two children's books, on the environmental issues. Read More

Save The Frogs Day 2013 Interview

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger interviewed by Pavan Raj Gowda, 13 years old from Fremont, CA, Founder of Green Kids Now, Inc. on April 27th, 2013, the 5th Annual Save The Frogs Day.
www.savethefrogs.com/day

3rd Annual Green Kids Conference Opening Speech by Pavan

06/01/2013 - 3rd Annual Green Kids Conference: 
www.greenkidsconference.org

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