web analytics

Young Woman, Anjali Appadurai, gives powerful speech to UN Conference on Climate Change

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017 by Jamie Potter
anjali_appadurai_headshot

Anjali Appadurai spoke eloquently and unapologetically at the United Nations Conference in South Africa, in 2011, on Climate Change. Advocates such as Anjali have helped pave the way to the break through agreements made on this issue, such as the Paris Agreement.  In her speech, Anjali urges UN members to listen to the science that […]

Read More... Subscribe


She Finds Landmines with Music

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 by Raluca Besliu
She Finds Landmines with Music

  Marian Bechtel, a 21-year-old student at Bryn Mawr College, is a pianist, scientist and anti-war activist. The young woman from Lancaster, Pennsylvania invented an inexpensive, quick and simple minesweeper that detects buried landmines using sound waves. The device is a standard metal detector with high-sensitivity microphones and a seismic detector attached to it. Marian’s […]

Read More... Subscribe


Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016 by Eva Reed
Big Love for Nature’s Gentle Giants

Family holidays evoke memories of long journeys, good weather and making new friends. When Jack Lanting and his family went from New Zealand to Thailand for a holiday in 2009, those new friends included Asian elephants. Jack, who was 8 years old at the time, was so moved by the plight of Thailand’s elephants that he […]

Read More... Subscribe


Sustainable Alternatives for Mining Community

Sunday, April 19th, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
Sustainable Alternatives for Mining Community

Tica Darie is a 22-year-old Romanian changemaker, who is proposing and building the path of sustainable development for the mining town of Rosia Montana, which has recently been a battlefield between a Canadian mining company and Romania’s citizens. The Canadian company, Gabriel Resources Ltd., was planning to use 40 tons of cyanide a day to […]

Read More... Subscribe


Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 by Raluca Besliu
Famine from droughts? Never again, says Calvince Okello

In 2010, a severe drought devasted the Eastern part of Kenya, Ethiopia and some parts of of Somalia. It created one of the most severe food security emergencies that humanity had ever seen. In turn, the Western part of Kenya saw a bumper harvest of maize. Some crops rotted in the field, due to an […]

Read More... Subscribe


Cosmas Ochieng Sustainably Creates Clean Fuel from Indigenous Tree Nut

Friday, March 7th, 2014 by Leih Boyden
Cosmas Ochieng Sustainably Creates Clean Fuel from Indigenous Tree Nut

Recognized by Forbes as one of 2013 best young entrepreneurs on its list of 30 under, Cosmas Ochieng is an international leader in clean energy innovation. The 26-year-old Kenyan native is founder of Eco Fuels Kenya, an East African company which produces organic fertilizers and green biofuels from renewable indigenous sources.  Since the 2000s, many […]

Read More... Subscribe


Linh Do Creates Far-Reaching Environmental Change Through Daily Decisions

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 by Leih Boyden
linh do

Recently named Young Conservationist of the Year 2013 from Australian Geographic, Linh Do has been working from a young age to create lasting social change in her community and across the globe.  In 2006, at the age of 15, the Melbourne-based teenager became determined to bring positive environmental change. She started the Change A Million Light […]

Read More... Subscribe


Teen Dreams Of Cleaning The Oceans

Saturday, December 28th, 2013 by Ravneet Sandhu
Boyan-Slat

“It will be very hard to convince everyone in the world to handle their plastics responsibly, but what we humans are very good in, is inventing technical solutions to our problems. And that’s what we’re doing.” – Boyan Slat Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old from the Dutch town of Delft, combines environmentalism, creativity and technology to […]

Read More... Subscribe


Ryan Hreljac: A First Grader’s Determination Leads to Drilling 100′s of Needed Wells

Friday, December 27th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
source: Ryan's Well Foundation

                                                                                                              […]

Read More... Subscribe


High-school student turns banana peels into bio-fuel

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Elif-Bilgin1

Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin from Turkey spent two years developing a way to create bio-plastic out of banana peels, as a replacement of the traditional petroleum-based plastics. Petroleum-based plastics harm the environment in countless ways, including by representing 90 percent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface, with 46,000 pieces of plastic per square mile.

Read More... Subscribe


Craig Lewis, co-founder of Sprav, the smart water meter conserving water and energy

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Craig Lewis, co-founder of Sprav, the smart water meter conserving water and energy

Craig Lewis  is one of the inventors of Sprav, a smart water meter that allows users to determine, in real time, shower water and energy usage.  Based on these elements, shower costs are calculated and become instantly available for users. Because the young inventor’s device uses a Bluetooth module, users are able to upload their […]

Read More... Subscribe


Esha Marwaha Takes on the British Department for Education

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Esha Marwaha Source: Huff Post

In March 2013, the British Department for Education revealed new draft guidelines for key stages 1 to 3, covering children under 14, that excluded debate about climate change from the national curriculum. Outraged by this decision, 15-year-old Esha Marwaha, a student at the Heathland School in Hounslow and a member of the UK Youth Climate Coalition […]

Read More... Subscribe


Massive youth-led effort underway to force action on Climate Change

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts
Massive youth-led effort underway to force action on Climate Change

A mammoth youth-led movement is underway to ramp up the pressure on governments across organize the muscle of tens of thousands of young people to force governments to answer why they haven’t acted on climate change yet.  Five hundred students from more than one hundred countries are gathering in Istanbul, Turkey beginning Monday, June 24, 2013, to […]

Read More... Subscribe


Jonny Cohen: greening school buses

Monday, May 27th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Source: Forbes.com

When he was in the 7th grade and taking Saturday courses on aerodynamics at Northwestern University, Jonny Cohen noticed school buses’ inefficient design and was alarmed by the amount of exhaust they generated. He suddenly got an idea on how to make them more efficient, in order to slow carbon emissions, increase gas mileage and […]

Read More... Subscribe


Kelvin Doe, 15, Makes Radio Station out of Trash

Friday, May 24th, 2013 by Charlie Butts
Kelvin Doe

                                                                                                               […]

Read More... Subscribe


Kenyan, 20, Provides Clean Drinking Water

Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Kenyan, 20, Provides Clean Drinking Water

At the beginning of high school, Joel Mwale, currently 20-year-old, caught dysentery from drinking contaminated water provided by his municipal council during Kenya’s annual dry season. As he was slowly recovering from the illness, he started worrying that this disease would “keep on happening, year in, year out, what if next year the same problem […]

Read More... Subscribe


Andrew Mupuya: 16 yr-old turns $13.40 into successful environmental company

Saturday, May 11th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Andrew Mupuya: 16 yr-old turns $13.40 into successful environmental company

In 2008, the Ugandan government imposed a ban on the use of polythene plastic bags.  Sixteen year-old Andrew Mupuya perceived this  as a great market opportunity to start a business of environmentally friendly paper bags. He named his company Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investment (YELI).  At that time, his parents had become unemployed and the young […]

Read More... Subscribe


Anjali Appadurai: Calls on UN Conference for Climate Change delegates to “Get it Done!”

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts

Few students could imagine speaking at a United Nations Conference on Climate Change with thousands of delegates from all over the world, but that is exactly what Anjali Appadurai, a student from a small college in Maine, did. And her speech bluntly called out the failures of the adult delegates to agree on meaningful solutions […]

Read More... Subscribe


14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
14 Year-Old William Kamkwamba Harnesses the Wind for Malawi

At the age of 14, William Kamkwamba, from a small Malawian village,built an electricity-producing windmill  using only PVC pipe, a tractor fan, an old bicycle frame, and tree branches. The windmill powered the  four lights and two radios in his home. He achieved this in a country, where only 2 percent of the population has […]

Read More... Subscribe


Eden Full’s SunSaluter could bring sustainable electricity to 1.5 billion people

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Eden Full, the creator of SunSaluter

At the age of 20, Eden Full is a successful and rising entrepreneur. While studying at Princeton University, Eden created the SunSaluter, a rotater that allows solar panels to track the sun’s movements without using electricity. Eden explains her invention “senses changes in temperature using biometallic strips. Biometallic strips are found in your thermostat and are […]

Read More... Subscribe


13 Year-Old Solves Big Problem With Slick Solution

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Charlie Butts

At thirteen, a Connecticut middle-school student, Cassandra Lin was upset to find that many people in her community couldn’t afford heating fuel. She was already bothered by the world-wide issue of global warming. Instead of thinking since she is just a kid it isn’t her problem, she made it her problem. And because she didn’t […]

Read More... Subscribe


Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Teen Empowers Women to Earn for Children’s Education

In 2009, then 14-year-old Laetitia Mukungu started in her grandparents’ village the Women’s Rabbit Association (WRA), a cooperative organization that farms rabbits to help local women led decent lives and pay for their children’s educational needs. The rabbits are sold to Kenyan restaurants for meat. The teenager’s decision to start the business was directly linked with […]

Read More... Subscribe


Diana Kerubo Mong’are: promoting environmental conservation in Kenya

Saturday, April 13th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Diana Kerubo Mong’are: promoting environmental conservation in Kenya

Diana Kerubo Mong’are felt compelled to take action after realizing, while playing with her younger brother, that the garbage piles  in her community in Kenya were constantly increasing.  She wanted more than to simply remove the trash from her neighbourhood. She decided to create a sustainable system to maintain her community clean and improve the environment. […]

Read More... Subscribe


Kyle Smitley: creating organic children’s clothing

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Raluca Besliu
Kyle Smitley: creating organic children’s clothing

In 2009, while in her first year of law school in San Francisco, then 22 year-old Kyle Smitley created barley&birch, an organic children’s clothing company, which has become popular with celebrity moms like Jessica Alba and Sheryl Crow and has been featured in OK! and Us Weekly. She originally got her business idea in 2007. While […]

Read More... Subscribe


MORE STORIES


Subscribe

Subscribe

Copyright Taking On The Giant. All rights reserved.