Congratulations to Ximena Prugue for winning the World Environment Day blogging contest! In partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), TreeHugger asked readers interested in traveling to India to experience and report on the 2011 World Environment Day. More on Prugue and World Environment Day after the jump. UNEP had a nice bio for Prugue in their earlier announcement:
In 2010, the young Florida native with a passion for photography started Giving the Green Light, a non-profit organization that works towards replacing kerosene lamps in rural India with solar-powered flashlights while raising awareness about energy poverty and renewable energy in the United States.
In under a year, Giving the Green Light has expanded to three high schools, and three universities throughout the country. While still finishing her Bachelor's degree, Prugue has travelled to India and distributed over 200 flashlights to the Korku tribe in the Ranai village in Khandwa, Madhya Pradesh, India. She also is an active member of "Emerge Miami", a progressive bike activist group, and has organized several rides throughout the year.
Prugue has received grants from Burt's Bees and the Clinton Global Initiative University for Giving the Green Light, and received the Jury Award for her video entry to the "Film Your Issue" video competition - a national film contest featuring 30 to 60-second films by U.S. residents from the ages of 18 to 26.
Here at TreeHugger, we think blogging is an important tool in sharing important information, so we're excited to share this experience with Prugue. She will travel to India, which is the host country for the 2011 WED and blog on major WED events and celebrations for both UNEP and TreeHugger. Mat McDermott, TreeHugger's Business, Politics & Energy Editor will also be in India to cover this important event! So be on the lookout for those posts starting June 2!
With only a few more days before WED, be sure to check out the WED Challenge to learn more about how you can help plant trees in India with just a few clicks of the mouse!