One of the blogs I follow is the Youth Services Association.  Whenever I start to feel down about the state of the planet and our fellow citizens, I hop over to this site and I am uplifted by the zeal of the children for creating a bright future for us all.  I thought I might share one of the stories with you.  Enjoy.

Everyday Young Hero: Arushi Madan

Global Goal 13: Climate Action – Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impact

Known as the “Green Machine,” due to her great passion for the environment, Arushi Madan (17, Sharjah, UAE) takes every opportunity to spread awareness about the need to protect the environment and reduce waste. She is addressing the issue of climate change by spreading environmental awareness through environmental protection. The campaigns and workshops she runs educate and encourage community members to take action. Believing in actions more than words, Arushi works at the grassroots level to set an example for others to follow. She is on a mission to inspire and empower more eco-warriors to lead a green future.

Arushi aims to promote environmental values by setting positive examples. She has set up an effective waste segregation system in her building that sorts and recycles about one ton of paper every month. Each ton of recycled paper saves 17 trees and 4000 KW of energy. By recycling about one ton of paper monthly since June 2014, Arushi has saved about 782 trees and about 184,000 KW of energy. This has contributed to the reduction of the carbon footprint, but most importantly it is educating the residents of her community on the simple actions they can take to improve the environment. Her goal is to set up the waste segregation systems in at least 10 more buildings in her community. She aims to divert maximum waste from landfill by changing people’s attitude towards environment and showing them how they can make a difference everyday.

Arushi has diligently influenced many in her community about environmental protection through her campaigns, workshops, and self-initiated projects. She visits schools to spread awareness and interact with kids using environmental videos, games, quizzes, and “Green Talk” sessions. She teaches students about the benefits of organic farming and organizes educational trips for youth to sustainable buildings and other “green” UAE sites. She campaigns at food courts, malls, cafeterias and she gives motivational presentations to educate women, laborers, and children. Arushi has put together several successful environmental campaigns. “Save Paper, Save Trees, Save Planet” motivated about 70 people to recycle one ton of paper while learning tips that help reduce their carbon footprint, as well as save trees and energy. Through her “Earth Hour” campaign in India, students learned the true meaning of Earth hour and got energy saving tips such as, candle-lit dinners, LED lamps, and unplugging idle appliances. She involved hundreds a campaign called “A Dose of Help” that collected more than 1000 unused medications that were donated to the Emirates Red Crescent, in order to help patients in need. She mobilizes and engages youth and adults in tree planting and community clean-up campaigns. Her projects have drastically reduced waste going to landfills, energy consumption, and inspired youth to take lead when promoting sustainability.

Arushi’s efforts to minimize waste in her own building have not only inspired the residents around her to take part in the movement, it has inspired community members to implement waste segregation systems in their own buildings. With the sponsorship and help of environmental agencies and corporations she has mobilized youth to work towards environmental protection. Through leading newspapers and magazines, she shares her concerns about the environment and offers sustainable tips.  Her efforts are appreciated by local government and municipalities who have honored her on World Environment Day. Arushi is truly a role model for those who follow her practices and most importantly the youth she inspires in her community everyday.


If you have a story about an inspirational woman, teen, child, please share a link to your post in the comments section.

The information in this post came from an article written by YSA Partnerships Intern, Haley Panek.


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

16 Responses

  1. Bernadette, a hugely inspiring article about this young lady!! Arushi has boundless energy and belief … she has already achieved so much in her life and influencing everyone around her! I feel uplifted learning about her and her work…thank you so much for sharing! My Friday mornings wouldn’t be complete without your post! Happy Weekend, my friend! 😀🌺

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  2. Great post, yesterday on the bus I encouraged a young mother of 5 year old to have her toddler play in the garden and join the Bronx Botanical garden for kids, they teach them so much!


  3. Thank you for introducing me to both the Youth Services Association and Arushi Madan.

    Is this the right place to share the link to my post about becoming acquainted with the work of African American visual artist Howardena Pindell (b. 1943)? I knew A survey of 50 years of her work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Chicago and will move on to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts later this summer.

    “Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen!”

    “Six Weeks Later: Still Full From Viewing Howardena Pindell: What Remains to Be Seen! Part TWO”

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  4. I find so many young people are very inspiring including Arushi, sadly the formal media only shows those with huge issues having a negative impact upon society rather than those who are quietly going about to bring a better world.

    Great post Bernadette, thank you for sharing that!

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  5. Timelesslady

    Hello from Glassboro! I love surfing blogs when I have some moments to spare, and it’s always a surprise to come upon someone who blogs on WordPress who lives nearby. I love Haddonfield. I need to get back and walk. I love the beautiful churches in the town. Also, the last time we were there we had some of the most beautiful macaroons. Delicious!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing Arushi’s story, Bernadette. I’m so impressed with the young people of her generation. They are making a big difference and standing up for the issues that impact their lives and futures when so many adults don’t seem motivated. It’s wonderful that her efforts were honored by leaders in her community. 🙂

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