ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT DARSHAN DAMODARAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research | Tirupati, India | Advancing SDG 15 & UNAI 9

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" Small acts when multiplied by many enthusiastic people can transform the world. Being a part of Millennium Fellowship will enhance my knowledge about social work and acquire new social skills. The skills I gain from Millennium Fellowship will make my socila impact on local schools and other local socila communities more effective and can orient their work with UNAI principles and SDGs. I am excited to increase my knowledge visualize new ways of social activities. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Project LYF

LYF is a project that primarily focuses on environmental conservation, focusing on about 25-40 cent area, which can include land and water bodies. The project consists of 3 stages. In the first stage, the idea is to visit the place with some of our volunteers. Then collect plastics and other harmful wastes which might be present in the soil and water. Also, if any alien species are recognized that are harmful to the natural flora, then they will also be removed. We will also be testing the samples of soil/water to detect microplastics or other harmful chemicals which might be present, for awareness. The next stage is planting (trees and shrubs on land and mangroves on the lake bank) in the cleaned-up area as a measure to combat climate change. The main point is that we will plant these trees in a modern manner with a limited expense. We also have a solution for this small amount, to give our collected plastic for recycling, from which we get the required money for modern planting (about 10 rupees for 1kg of plastic waste). In the third stage, we are planning to take care of planted trees and take the required steps for their development.

About the Millennium Fellow

Darshan Damodaran is a young enthusiastic,and ambitious student at Indian Institute of science education and research Tirupati. He was born in an Indian middle-class family, resides in Kerala, currently studying in Tirupati. Since boyhood Darshan was passionate about nature, the environment, and plants, this eagerness and enthusiasm made him determined and dedicated to social work. During all his school years he has been part of' shramadhan' activities, protect nature movement, which he plans to do with more intrest in his future. Darshan aspires to be in an executive field where he can pursue his goals further and contribute to UN sustainable goals.