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#ChildrenForThePlanet: 12-YO Pune Boy’s Innovation Can Rid Our Oceans of Plastic

ERVIS, Kazi’s first ever innovation, is a prototype ocean cleaner ship that can suck out plastic from the surface of the ocean.


#ChildrenForThePlanet: This Children’s Day, TBI will be celebrating young innovators who are taking steps big and small for a sustainable future.


There are two kinds of people in the world. The ones who create problems and the ones who solve them. I want to be in the latter category.

With these words, Haaziq Kazi unfurled his TED-Ed Clubs talk earlier this year. By the way, these lines are an interesting spin on the iconic dialogue from the cult classic, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

All of 12, Kazi isn’t like every other school-going adolescent—he is on a dedicated mission to save the planet. In fact, he has already come up with a unique idea for an invention that, if implemented, will give our aquatic and oceanic ecosystems a new lease of life.

A student of Pune-based Indus International School, Kazi had, since a young age, nursed a deep affinity for marine creatures.

However, one particular incident horrified the little boy so much that he realised it was time to act upon our inconsiderate actions towards the environment before it was too late.

Haaziq Kazi during the TED-Ed Clubs talk. Source: TED-Ed/Youtube.

“On July 2013, a young whale had hit upon the shores of northern Netherlands. The people were very surprised to find an unusually bloated stomach. When they opened it up, they found among other things, two hose pipes, [a] 9-metre rope and 37 pounds of plastic. Its cause of death: intestinal blockage,” he said during the session.

He furthermore drew the audience’s attention to some alarming data. “Did you know by 2050, we will have the same or maybe more plastic in the ocean than fish? If we were to take all the plastic on the ocean surface and pile it up, it will be enough to stack two-litre bottles all the way to the moon and back, TWICE!” he said.


Attention young innovators! India’s biggest youth innovation challenge is here. Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & The Better India present Innovation Marathon 2018 — a nation-wide challenge open to those under the age of 18 with innovations that can solve some of India’s most pressing issues. The top 30 innovations will win a chance to attend a Student Innovator Program other than getting cash prizes, mentorship and opportunities to develop their prototypes further.

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What gave him the opportunity to speak at the prestigious global platform?

To begin with, his resilient efforts for conceiving a foolproof plan to rid the oceans of all the plastic waste that has accumulated over decades of indiscriminate littering.

ERVIS, Kazi’s first ever innovation, is a prototype ocean cleaner ship that can suck out plastic from the surface of the ocean. Imagine something like an enormous vacuum cleaner with compartments that can process waste, collect waste oil and treat different sizes of plastic by analysing and segregating it!

While the first prototype lasted for about seven seconds before coming apart in his bathtub, Kazi was not one give up and has come a long way since then.

After much research and repeated testing, the 12-year-old worked with a 3D designer to come up with the optimal design and transformed that into a tangible model.

Kazi’s final Ervis prototype. Source: TED-Ed/Youtube.

Without stopping at just collecting the waste, he is also looking into ways for waste management.

The young innovator is currently working on the logistics of the waste disposal after he has successfully managed to collect it. Also, he is amongst the list of speakers who will be speaking at the TEDxGateway talk in December.


Attention young innovators! India’s biggest youth innovation challenge is here. Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog & The Better India present Innovation Marathon 2018 — a nation-wide challenge open to those under the age of 18 with innovations that can solve some of India’s most pressing issues. The top 30 innovations will win a chance to attend a Student Innovator Program other than getting cash prizes, mentorship and opportunities to develop their prototypes further.

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With Children’s Day around the corner, we are in awe of this young champ who has displayed remarkable foresight and consciousness to try and overcome the intensive damage that his fellow humans have been causing. We hope his invention becomes a functional reality and salvages our oceans and its creatures from the terrible consequences of plastic pollution, before it is too late.

(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)

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Written by Lekshmi Priya S

Shuttling between existentialist views and Grey's Anatomy, Lekshmi has an insanely disturbing habit of binge reading. An ardent lover of animals and plants, she also specializes in cracking terribly sad jokes.