Hail the young green heroes

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Why not challenge the learners in your school to become green heroes and heroines in 2015? They could take a leaf out of Param Jaggi’s book, for example. This 17-year-old student from Texas has figured out how to make a petrol-fuelled vehicle produce oxygen rather than carbon.

In Sierra Leone, Kelvin Doe was only 13 years old when he decided to combat an unreliable electricity supply to his low-income neighbourhood by making batteries out of scrap metal, soda and acid, all bound together with tape. Australian 18-year-old Myla Swallow was almost too busy founding the Clean Water Initiative to notice that she was up for several prestigious international awards for having come up with a way to reduce infant mortality around the world using stainless steel baby bottles, a pump filter and billy can to sterilise water and other liquids for babies.

Sixteen-year-old Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad from Egypt discovered that her country’s annual one million tonnes of garbage can be recycled by a catalyst called aluminosilicate.

Over in Turkey, Elif Bilgin found a way to turn banana peels into bioplastics, which are less hazardous to human health than petroleum-based plastics. And in New Mexico’s Najavo Nation, Raquel Redshirt created solar-powered ovens out of old tyres, aluminium foil, shredded paper and dirt.

At 15 years old, Ghanaian Winnifred Shelby co-founded the Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative to address unemployment and environment degradation through the effective use of local resources.

A trio of 16-year-olds from Cork County, Ireland, took the Google International Science Fair top prize for discovering that two naturally growing strains of Rhizobium bacteria – which have a symbiotic relationship with legumes – speed up the germination process of barley and oats by 50%, and increase crop yields by an average of 30%. Their research will contribute to ending world hunger.

You can also share with your students the inspirational story of Andrew Mupuya, who decided at 16 years old to create paper bags for consumers when the Nigerian government banned the sale of plastic bags, in a bid to deal with its acute waste management. Today, the young entrepreneur employs 16 people, who produce up to 20 000 paper bags each week for restaurants, retail stores, supermarkets, medical centres and multinational companies like Samsung.

Category: Autumn 2015

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