We often like to check in with other BASIS.ed schools to learn about what their students are up to. In the hustle and bustle of daily life here at BASIS Independent Brooklyn, it is only natural for our focus to be on the goings-on in our four walls and not what's going on with the the thousands of other BASIS.ed students around the country.
...but they're certainly making waves!
This story comes to you from our sister school BASIS Independent Silicon Valley. Earlier this year, they blogged about one of their students and his passion for all things environmental. Read about Pavan, a 9th grade published author, and environmentalist destined to make Silicon Valley (and the world) a greener place:
Growing Up Green
Pavan launched Green Kids Now when he was just eight years old. When he was in 2nd grade, he wrote a story called The Two Lakes in order to show the consequences of our actions and how the entire community should join together and care for the environment. That was just his first book. He wrote (and published!) a second book, GeckoBoy: The Battle of Fracking, which even impressed Amazon.com:“The twelve-year-old author has written a truly amazing, interesting, and thought-provoking science fiction tale. He not only uses science in very creative and imaginative ways, but also brings to light a very complex topic in such a simple way. To add to the uniqueness of this book, the young author has also included science facts at the end, which will provide curious kids with more information.”
Today, Green Kids Now, Inc. is a nonprofit charity organization purposed to reach youth of all ages around the world to raise awareness on environmental issues, and encourages children to learn, innovate, take action, and share ideas and experiences. The organization is truly, "for kids, by kids", states Pavan, which means that all ideas for programs and services originate from children, and it is implemented in schools and local communities with emphasis on having students develop into green leaders.
Green Mission: Building Global Awareness
Green Kids Now focuses on spreading their message in a variety of very impressive ways:
- Green Kids Conference – Annual conference held at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley campus (AND sponsored by them!) dedicated just for children and focuses on “Building Responsible Innovators”.
- Green Star School Program – Assists students in transitioning their school into an environmentally sound center.
- Partnering with Community Organizations – Most recently, this dedicated group planted trees in San Jose.
Pavan believes that the right way to make a product is to think about environmental sustainability from the beginning of the innovation process, thus why he is focused on educating young students about the environment. He is focused on shifting the product development mindset so that environmental etiquette is the new norm for innovation. “Environmental sustainability and innovation must work together,” Pavan says.
We recently sat down with Pavan to ask about his earth-saving passion and discuss his plans for green domination.
Why did you start Green Kids?
“I got into the green initiative, because I realized that there was a desperate need for action. I just couldn’t stand back and wait for someone else to fix the issues. I wanted to be part of the solution. I was self-inspired by the need for action.”
Why does the Green Movement interest you?
“I am very concerned about the basic necessities such as clean air and water, clean and healthy food, and of course, a clean environment to thrive in. All living organisms on this planet have rights to these basic necessities, but we humans are being irresponsible about it. Not many people are even aware of their actions and consequences. The more I started learning about the issues, I realized the dire need to take action. That’s how I got into the green movement. We cannot keep going in the same path that our past generations have taken. We need to change our path, and we need to incorporate environmental sustainability into everything we do. Our planet is in a desperate state and we all need to take action now. Without this planet, we have nothing.”
What are three lessons for success you have learned as a young entrepreneur?
- Adapt – Have flexibility for whatever challenges develop.
- Perceiver - Never give up.
- Work hard – Have unquestionable commitment and dedication.
What are you doing to turn BASIS Independent Silicon Valley greener?
“First, I will strive to turn our school into a Zero Waste School. We need to first handle our waste responsibly, only then we could move on and take on more responsibilities. Next, I plan to start the environmental club at BASIS Independent and implement all elements of my Green Star School Program. With this program I hope to make our campus a 5 Green Stars School and a leader in environmental sustainability.”
Any upcoming events that we should be aware of?
“Yes! I will be hosting the 5th annual, Green Kids Conference on June 13, 2015 at the Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus in Mountain View. I invite BASIS Independent students to register now to participate in the Jr. Scientist competition and in the Environmental arts exhibit. For more details and to register, please visit GreenKidsConference.org.”
BASIS Independent Silicon Valley Pride
Congratulations to Pavan for paving the way to a greener future for generations to come. His enthusiasm, spirit and dedication is a force to be reckoned with. Everyone in the BASIS Independent Silicon Valley community is proud to call Pavan one of our very own.
Check out Pavan's book GeckoBoy: The Battle of Fracking over at Amazon.com!