Five Inspiring Ways to Change the World
While people say that the post-COVID-19 world will not be the same one we knew before, we can all help it become a better one.
Here are five inspiring ideas on how to change the world and the projects behind them.
- 1Katherine Hayhoe is a climate scientist and university professor. She uses her ability to bring wide-ranging technical information to a local scale, taking part in online discussions and creating webinars.
- 2Apart from its commitment to be impact-neutral, the outdoor clothing brand Patagonia is proactive in addressing environmental challenges.
According to the UN Environment Programme, “It works with its customers to repair and reuse or recycle their old clothing items; and allows employees to leave work for up to two months–with full pay–to work for non-profit organizations on an environmental issue that they care about. The company continues to set aside one per cent of every sale and, to date, has donated more than US$100 million to non-government organizations.”
- 3Di Xu, the head of the Alipay Ant Forest project that turns regular people into a community of green heroes says that the app users are encouraged to adopt a low-carbon lifestyle like walking, cycling, or using public transportation.
- 4Now 17 years old, Greta Thunberg drew global attention two years ago when she protested in front of the Swedish parliament because of her country’s lack of action on climate change. Her activism has inspired young people all over the world who believe that the future is now.
- 5Even a small country like Costa Rica can have a big impact on global emissions. Moving toward carbon neutrality faster than many other countries, over half of the country‘s territories are under some degree of protection, having the forest coverage of 52 percent.
Nikola uses his background in electrical engineering to break down complex sustainability topics for GreenCitizen’s readers. He is a firm believer in environmental conservation, which he practices daily through recycling and home-grown food. He enjoys hiking, engaging in white-water sports, and collecting pocket knives.