Akshyae Singh, an 18-year-old student from New Delhi has bagged the first prize in the ‘Clean Air Punjab Competition’ organized by letmebreathe.in. His video was crowd-sourced from friends and family in Mohali about air pollution in Punjab and its sources.
Air pollution is one of the most pressing issues of Punjab. An interesting point to note is that stubble burning is not the only reason for this. Other reasons include smoke from factories, vehicular pollution, economic growth, etc. This was exactly what the participants showed through their entries.
The categories included decoding the sources, people’s pollution stories and pind di clean air Innovation. The competition saw participation by young start-up founders, climate activists as well as other citizens concerned. A ‘Clean Air Punjab’ storytelling workshop was conducted by letmebreathe.in,
Anvi Sadana of Amritsar, a Class VIII student, won the second prize and Avneet Kaur, a 15-year-old student from Kharar, stood third.
Akshaye says, “The grasp of Storytelling in portraying stories of lives of people free from mediafilters and politics makes it one of the strongest tools to use towards building an independent platform. I have always been inspired to tell stories related to air pollution and climate change, and to represent the people of Punjab, how they have been affected by air pollution has been truly an honor.”
He added, “Air pollution in Punjab has been very toxic for all and it’s time that more storytellers instill the concerned authorities to take action.
The training session was really helpful too as I met other storytellers and learnt about the fundamental tips and tricks of Storytelling and videomaking. All in all, I hope letmebreathe keeps doing such competitions because it inspires many people like me to represent their communities.”
The participants have been awarded cash prizes of INR 40,000 collectively.
(Check out all entries of ‘Clean Air Punjab’ here.)