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Gitanjali Rao is ‘TIME’s first-ever Kid of the Year’

  • 12/16/2020 10:52 am ET Mauricio Carrillo
Gitanjali Rao on the cover of Time

Time Magazine

Time Magazine is giving moms one more reason to encourage their children to explore careers in science.

With the designation of Gitanjali Rao as Kid of the Year, Time Magazine has made a statement on the importance of preserving a livable climate, and the role that young people can play.

Rao is a teenager making a name for herself in the climate change field. Rao’s work can inspire us all, and remind us to support immediate action by the government to address global warming.

There is a greater than 99% consensus on the basic facts about climate change, and energetic new talent is needed in this field to create solutions.

As Gitanjali told Angeline Jolie, “there are problems that we did not create but that we now have to solve.”

She has Some might call Rao a genius, but she doesn’t see herself that way. “If I can do it,” she said, “anybody can do it.”

Rao has been interested in science from a very early age, researching carbon nanotube sensor technology at the Denver Water quality research lab.

Now at 15, she is mentoring and inspiring thousands of teenagers to look for ways to fight against the pollution blanket, find clean energy solutions, and tackle climate change.

‘If I can do it, anybody can do it!’

Gitanjali Rao giving an interview

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Gitanjali is focused on inspiring young climate leaders, but anybody can work to find common-sense climate change solutions. Moms, for instance, can lead their families in making decisions that protect the planet, like choosing clean energy options.

But the most important thing you can do is demand action from your elected leaders — to get the changes we need, it is going to take more than individual efforts.

Climate change is happening right now, and while there is still time to address it, the clock is ticking. However, Rao recommends avoiding the line of thinking that the world’s problems are on your shoulders. It is not your fault, nor your task to complete alone. But you can still take measures to help tackle it.

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How much sea levels rise, how destructive hurricanes get, or how many people are forced to flee their homes will depend on how quickly humans stop pumping pollution into the air. One thing is absolutely sure: the longer we wait to act, the worse it will be.

We know that when moms get fired up about something, they want to act. As Gitanjali Rao says in all her presentations, “Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate.”

Science Moms is ready to help. They have collected resources to help you “research” and “communicate“!

It is time to get involved; get up and be a person who acts! It is time to stand with Gitanjali Rao and Science Moms.

This article was produced and distributed in partnership with Potential Energy Coalition in support of the Science Moms.

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