There are many ways to help with climate change but what if your idea could win you a global prize, and help bring awareness to a problem? Five young thinkers were chosen as the finalists of this year’s Children’s Climate Prize for coming up with innovative ideas to help planet Earth. Take a look at what each of these finalists came up with and who ultimately won this year’s Children’s Climate Prize. What do you think of these ideas?
Score a goal and more! Seventeen-year-old Lesein Mutunkei from Kenya wants to fight deforestation. How? Take something that people love, and make it a bit more impactful. Mutunkei took his country’s love for football and made it a project that helps the planet. The Trees for Goals initiative intends to plant eleven trees for every goal (even the goals scored during training). Currently, schools and football clubs can sign up and record their goals to motivate players and tree lovers to come together!
Did you know? Kenya loses 130 football fields worth of forest cover per day!
Image: Lesein Mutunkei of Kenya. Credit: Children’s Climate Prize
Fight Fire With … AI! Fifteen-year-old Reshma Kosaraju won this year’s Children’s Climate Prize for developing an artificial intelligence model that predicts forest fires based on meteorological data and other factors like human impact. The early warning system can notify officials about pending forest fire conditions, better preparing them to face the fires.
Did you know? Fires can also cause soil erosion that can lead to mudslides and floods?
Image: Children’s Climate Prize winner Reshma Kosaraju of the United States. Credit: Children’s Climate Prize
Climate change affects everyone! Fridays for the Future might have started with Greta Thunberg but sixteen-year-old Fernanda Barros from Brazil is making the climate rights movement count for the indigenous people who are often ignored in mainstream discussions about climate change, yet bear the brunt of it just as much as others, if not more. Barros’ work ensures the indigenous voices in Brazil and Amazonian regions are heard and paid attention to in the dialogue for climate change.
Image: Fernanda Barros of Brazil. Credit: Children’s Climate Prize
Can I recycle this? That’s the question that seventeen-year-old Yash Narayan from the USA wants to answer with his AI-powered mobile app, DeepWaste, which accurately classifies waste. All you need is a mobile phone at the point of depositing items into the trash.
Image: Yash Narayan of the United States. Credit: Children’s Climate Prize
Young voices heard by all. A lawsuit is no easy task even for lawyers but seventeen-year-old Anjali Sharma and other students led a lawsuit against the environmental minister of Australia to prevent the approval of a project that could produce 100+ million tons of CO2.
Want to learn more about how kids are demanding accountability from their governments? Check out the story here.
Image: Anjali Sharma of Australia. Credit: Children’s Climate Prize
Do you have an idea to help with climate change? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org today!