The planet is in peril—the effects of climate change, pollution, improper waste disposal, deforestation, and lack of access to clean water are just a few of the key environmental issues affecting the U.S. as well as other nations. Luckily, there are groups of enthusiastic young people who are eager to find solutions and ensure they, and their children and grandchildren, can enjoy Earth’s resources for years to come. Aru Shiney-Ajay, a 20-year-old Swarthmore College student, joined a sit-in to stop Representative Patrick Meehan from signing a bill that provided tax cuts to fossil fuel businessowners.Read More
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With all the talk about being green these days, we wonder what it actually means to be green.Read More
MobilizeGreen values passion, drive, and ingenuity above all else, and that's exactly what we see in our five favorite sustainability TED Talks from around the world:
1. Greening the Ghetto - Majora Carter
As a native resident of the Bronx, Majora Carter speaks with passion about the environmental issues that affect her Bronx neighborhood and many other low-income urban areas just like it. The Bronx in particular is plagued with multiple sewage treatment plants, power plants, and other polluting industries, and is also burdened with handling over 40% of the total waste of the New York City’s waste.
2. What’s Wrong with our Food System – Birke Baehr
At 11 years-old Birke Baehr has a solid start on a career in sustainable agriculture. He encourages people to think locally, choose organic, and know your farmer and know your food. We are particularly excited about Birke's enthusiasm and drive to help change the planet.
3. How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves - Boyan Slat
19-year-old innovator Boyan Slat talks about his solution to getting rid of plastic trash polluting our water. Using solar powered boats and the motion of ocean currents for energy, Slat says that the world’s oceans can be cleaned of plastic waste in just five years. Visit http://www.theoceancleanup.com/ for more information on what you can do on this issue.
4. Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture - Michael Pawlyn
Architect Michael Pawlyn is big on the idea of biomimicry, which looks to nature for inspiration for sustainable solutions to a range of problems. Pawlyn focuses on the idea of the “closed loop,” a system in which the waste from one step serves as the fuel for another until the process comes full circle to eliminate all actual waste. Learn more about his work at http://www.exploration-architecture.com/ .
5. A Drone's-Eye View of Conservation - Lian Pin Koh
Ecologist Lian Pin Koh looks at the use of drones in a new way. Koh works in wildlife conservation in Southeast Asia and has been developing versatile drones that can be used to protect endangered species or to help biologists collect key data that can promote conservation. Lian and his team admit they are basically boys playing with model airplanes, but we believe the work they are doing has implications for a sustainable future.