4 Bay Area teens win the 2021 International Youth Eco-Responsible Awards from Action for Nature for their climate change strategies
Fremont teenager Ganesh Kumar decided to target plastic pollution and won notable mention for his biodegradable do-it-yourself straw.
“For starters, it’s made from biodegradable palm leaves that you can compost in your garden. And it can break down into nutrient-rich foods in less than two months,” Kumar explained.
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Romal Mitr, 15, started a project called Reimagining Earth, which included everything from creating maps and lobbying lawmakers to setting up an environmental youth council in his hometown of Dublin.
“If Dublin has its own climate action plan, I wondered why young people couldn’t be included in this plan, why young people couldn’t be allowed to take over business in their own city”, explains Mitr.
Amelia Fortgang, 16, of San Francisco found her own way to engage young people in climate action, with a Bay Area Youth Climate Summit that drew participants from 14 states and five countries. .
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“And at that summit, we launched 50 different climate action plans that students have implemented in their schools throughout the year. So they look like everything from installing quality sensors to looking for wildfires to getting teracycle bins for a school, ”she said.
Finally, Aarushi Wadhwa of San Jose took first place in the 15-16 division for his work on the Aqua Pod. Small sponge feeders are designed to prevent overwatering and make plant growth more efficient.
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“But basically we make an incision here,” explained Wadhwa, pointing to the tip of the sponge, “and fill it with the natural ingredients.”
According to the contest sponsor, Action for Nature, the challenge was to find solutions to difficult environmental problems. A goal four Bay Area teens are well on their way to achieving.
To find out more about the competition and the different projects, follow the links below:
Protect the Jatropha
Bay Area Youth Climate Summit
Reimagining the earth
Act for nature
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