14 youth-led innovations that protect our planet
- 1t.org and UpLink, the World Economic Forum’s platform for finding and scaling solutions that protect people and the planet, unveil its first winning cohort of young innovators.
- The solutions address a range of ecosystem challenges, including deforestation and forest degradation and the decline of pollinators, as well as the lack of conservation training and opportunities for young people to equip themselves with tools to protect the environment. nature.
- Investing in the next generation of ecopreneurs is essential to secure the future of our planet.
Young people and future generations will be the most affected by climate change. Already, almost all of the 2.2 billion children in the world have been exposed to at least one climate-related risk – from toxic air pollution to forest fires or droughts.
Earth’s ecosystems are essential for tackling climate change and building resilience. Forests, grasslands and wetlands are natural climate solutions as they capture and sequester carbon. They also offer a wide range of other benefits, such as purifying our air, controlling temperatures, preventing flooding, creating jobs, and protecting our mental health.
But Earth’s ecosystems are in danger, and there has never been a more urgent need to protect and revive them.
Driven by a tremendous sense of responsibility, young people around the world set an example. Their actions and innovative solutions bear witness to the power of a generation concerned with the environment and with technology to bring about real and concrete changes.
To support young ecopreneurs, 1t.org and UpLink launched the Youth Challenge #GenerationRestauration in collaboration with funding partner Salesforce and supporting partner United Nations Decade of Ecosystem Restoration.
We have received over 170 submissions worldwide, a testament to the scale of growing youth advocacy and leadership to help protect our planet. The top 14 ecopreneurs have been selected to join the UpLink Innovator Network, a growing community of innovators.
Throughout the coming year, we will work with the cohort to help them evolve their solutions through capacity building workshops, visibility and mentorship opportunities, as well as connections with experts and investors. potentials.
Here’s the full list of our top UpLink innovators from the #GenerationRestoration Youth Challenge:
AkoFresh aims to solve the post-harvest losses encountered by small farmers with an off-grid cold storage unit.
Cabula Initiative aims to transform desertified land into a Mediterranean forest that was once the natural ecosystem.
CoalitionWILD offers free training and mentoring programs designed to build a network of young global change agents equipped and empowered to lead the protection of biodiversity, culture, species and seas.
CERIOPS research organization mission is to train local communities affected by the impacts of mangrove degradation on best practices for ecosystem restoration while strengthening real restoration on a larger scale.
Green Generation Initiative encourages young people to love nature and be environmentally conscious from an early age through education, greening schools, establishing forest food establishments and tree growing.
Millenium Kids Inc create green spaces, titled Green Labs, adopted by schools or local governments to use as outdoor classrooms and at the same time monitor, develop and protect the adopted area.
Mvutu is a technology platform providing end-to-end digital agricultural services to farmers, including pest diagnostics, weather insurance, agronomic advice and crop monitoring.
Company of ecological food caterpillars restores biodiversity by planting and managing native forest trees that are home to edible caterpillars, contribute to the environment, alleviate food insecurity and create a source of income for youth and indigenous peoples.
Teaching Research for Sustainable Actions establishes pollinator gardens in rural communities practicing intensive agriculture. Farmers provide plots of land that they do not cultivate, and they provide trees, shrubs, and grasses, in addition to training.
Global GDP Limited restores forests by taking environmental hazard, water hyacinths, and making balls of biochar seeds thrown into the environment.
Save the Amazon works for the conservation of the Amazon rainforest by collaborating with the indigenous inhabitants. Using their technology, any person or organization in the world can adopt a tree or forest in the Amazon. This tree is planted and managed by local communities to help reverse climate change and generate economic opportunities for local communities.
Seawater solutions is a multi-award winning start-up based in Glasgow, Scotland that helps communities around the world build integrated wetland farms in which coastal wetlands are built for climate adaptation and water farming sea.
The urban gardens initiative (TUGI) is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire and empower young people to achieve urban sustainability in their communities through an interactive and holistic gardening-based experience.
Treeconomy mission is to fight climate change, restore biodiversity and improve rural livelihoods by revolutionizing carbon offsetting based on forestry. They are at the forefront of an integrated suite of remote sensing, data science and green finance tools to overcome the fundamental financial barriers that prevent reforestation at the landowner level.