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For Garvita Gulhati, the glass should being alone ever half full.

the 22-year-old youth climate leader from southern India city of Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore) is part of We The Change of the United Nations campaign and is better known as the “water girl” of india” for her efforts in minimizing water wastage.

In 2015 Garvita . was on holiday with her parents when she was accosted by a child beggar who wanted her water bottle.

“Her eyes lit up when I gave it to her. Which made I realize there are people who don’t have it easy access to drink water, so I started to think over manners in what I can help,” she tells us.

“When I learned that worldwide every year 14 million liters of water is left in glasses in restaurants, that gave me a tangible place until start this campaign.”

Her idea was simple: ask customers of they? want water, pour only half a glass if they say yes, and only refill if they ask for more. And if there is still water over is, use the for watering and cleaning plants floor.

Initially, restaurants were “unwilling to take advice from a teenager”, but she persisted and in begin 2016 some restaurants have the campaign.

Her big breakthrough came in March 2019 when the National Restaurant Association of India – what stands for over half a million restaurants – came on board for the glass half full” campaign. Since then, state governments, schools and charities have signed up.

Her efforts have helped to save 10 million liters of water – enough to fill up four olympic swims pools of meet the daily drinking water requirement of 250,000 people.

Read More: World News


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