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UNEP names seven dynamic environmentalists as its 2020 Young Champions of the Earth December 16,2020   |  Source: UNEP

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today named seven young scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and activists from across the globe as its 2020 Young Champions of the Earth.

With solutions to harvest water from the air, recycle plastic into paving slabs, and motivate fishing boats to haul tonnes of plastic out of the ocean, these change-makers show how innovative ideas coupled with ambitious action can help solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.

“Globally, young people are leading the way in calling for meaningful and immediate solutions to the triple planetary crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution – we must listen,” said UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen. “As we enter this decisive decade where we work to cut emissions and protect and restore ecosystems, UNEP Young Champions demonstrate that all of us can contribute, starting where we are with what we have. Every single act for nature counts, and we need the entire spectrum of humanity to share this global responsibility and this profound opportunity.”

Among the seven prize winners is Lefteris Arapakis (from Greece, aged 26), who founded the start-up Enaleia, through which the team trains, empowers and incentivises the local fishing community to collect

 

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