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Indian wins first ever UNICEF Climate Comic Contest

Dec 04, 2017

Sathviga Sridhar uses graphic art to raise awareness of climate change after experiencing severe floods in the South Indian district of Chennai.

New York: Using graphic art to raise awareness of climate change, an Indian artist Sathviga ‘Sona’ Sridhar has won the first ever UNICEF Climate Comic Contest for her character ‘Light’ – a half tree-half human who uses special powers to save nature from a warming planet.

Sridhar, a 21-year-old artist from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, was inspired to take action on climate change after her community was hit by devastating floods in 2015. Together with her family, she provided food and water to people living in severely affected neighborhoods.

The contest was organised by UNICEF to inspire and engage children and youth to inspire climate action through the creative medium of comic design. About 2,900 submissions were received by young people from 99 countries and more than 21,000 votes from 162 countries were cast to adjudge the winner.

Sathviga’s climate superhero ‘Light’ was declared the winner after receiving the highest number of votes from members of the public on the contest website. Sathviga is all set to collaborate with a professional comic team to produce a full-length comic book featuring ‘Light’ that will be published on 22 April 2018 – Earth Day.

Sathviga believes that it is about time to take action for containing climate change. "I am excited to be a part of UNICEF’s initiative to create climate awareness. I hope the superhero ‘Light’ will inspire children all over the world to act and contribute in their own small way in the fight against global warming and climate change. Living in Chennai and with constant warnings of sea levels rising due to climate change I think the time to take action is now or never," he said.

UNICEF Director of Communication Paloma Escudero congratulated Sona for her creative and powerful submission. “The exciting level of engagement in the Climate Comic Contest echoes a loud message to world leaders that young people take the threat of climate change seriously,” she said.

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