Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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Vote for your favorite “Young Champions of the Earth” project

UN Environment - Young Champions of the Earth

UN Environment has just unveiled this year’s list of 30 regional finalists from the Young Champions of the Earth global contest and you're invited to vote for your favorite entry. Every year, six young people – one from each global region – are selected as winners of the competition. The competition gathers projects by exceptional individuals from around the world, aged between 18 and 30 years old, that offer big ideas to protect or restore the environment; or a vision for a more sustainable future. The winners receive 15 000 dollars of seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help them bring their big environmental ideas to life.

The six champions have to come from each global region. For the European region, the five finalists hail from France, Romania, Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom. 

La Tricyclerie” (Tri-cycling) is a project designed by Coline Billon. It addresses two problems faced by city residents: eating and travelling in a sustainable way.  La Tricyclerie collects organic waste and leftovers from restaurants and offices in cities for composting. All travel is done by bicycle. “It was evident for me that I had to get involved in ecological innovation in cities” explains Coline Billon. “The aim of La Tricyclerie is to decrease significantly the quantity of garbage, enrich the soils in cities and peri-urban areas for farmers. The project also seeks to raise awareness among the public on questions of food waste”.

Cruising-village”, a replicable project by Myriam Vulliet is a seagoing tourist village that does no damage to coastlines and benefits the local population. Cruising-village is made of cruising villa-boats which can be arranged into a temporary marina. They are inexpensive to build, environmentaly friendly and can be organized according to local needs. Thanks to their resistance to flooding, the villa-boats can be a solution to difficulties experienced by inhabitants of wetlands by offering a livelihood to local populations through tourism.

The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite project on UN Environment’s website.

For more information on the contest: http://www.unep.org/youngchampions/about-us


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