- Solving the global water crisis by imitating nature
Drought has an abundance of moisture in the air, a reserve that could serve millions of people if effectively tapped. Emily Tianshi did just that and discovered a unique micro-pattern on the Torrey Pine tree. She spent years studying the water retaining tree, trying to mimic it's pines that bring water in and pour it out. She has now
successfully developed a prototype device that biomimics the needle structure. Her innovation is unique and has recently gained national recognition from the Water Environmental Federation.
SOS Salvemos Madin
- Local environmental activism for clean water
Clean, fresh and safe water is essential for public health as well for wildlife. In 2019, budget cuts left Ivana Ortegas municipality without funds to keep the water clean in the nearby Madin Dam, so water lilies and other plants took over, the fish died, and wildlife disappeared. Ivanna launched a petition and got over 19,000 signatures in just two weeks advocating for maintenance efforts to preserve the Madin Dam. The clean-up was a success and she recently launched a new project to battle the source of the problem.
The Right Green
- Know how about biodiversity restoration
Deforestation is the second-leading cause of climate change. But just planting new trees can sometimes do more harm than good reducing biodiversity.Therefore Aadya Joshi founded The Right Green and developed a database including over 2,000 plants from different eco- regions of India. The vision is to empower and enable communities to restore healthy ecosystems, rich in biodiversity.
Youth vs. Apocalypse
- Battling climate change and climate injustice
Isha first made headlines asking California Senator Dianne Feinstein to support a Green New Deal. Isha is one of the original members of Youth vs. Apocalypse, a diverse group of youth activists who came together to protest a coal terminal which was (and still is) to be built in an underserved community of color in Oakland. The group's mission is to redesign the climate movement, to centralize justice and provide a platform for youth of color and indigenous youth. Their work includes deep work to build local, national and global coalitions with other youth movements and adult allies.
MEET THE FINALISTS
- Sustainable cooking equipment
In large parts of India air polluting cooking equipment are being used regularly. Dhruv Sanjay and his team developed a pollution-free solar powered stove that could be a solution to phase out the outdated equipment, eradicating the risk of having respiratory diseases from polluted air.
Magnetic Train Travel
– Creating sustainable mass transportation
Transportation is the largest source of carbon dioxide emissions and a major contributor to air pollution and climate change. With that knowledge in mind Caroline Crouchley developed a working prototype of magnetic train travel. The innovation could prove to be safer and less expensive than Elon Musks Hyperloop.
Solar Ironing Cart
- The making of a sustainable ironing cart
There are about 10 million ironing carts in the streets of India. Together they burn about 50 million kg of charcoal every day, burning trees, polluting the air and contributing to climate change. Vinisha recognized the need for a sustainable solution to the problem and created a solar powered ironing cart, an innovation that proves safer and more sustainable.