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Raeed Roshan Ali: Inspiring Youth to Tackle the Plastic Waste Problem

Raeed Roshan Ali: Inspiring Youth to Tackle the Plastic Waste Problem
Raeed: Mass production of plastics, which began just six decades ago, has accelerated so rapidly that it has created 8.3 billion metric tons of waste, out of which only 9% has ever been recycled. It’s estimated that Fiji, a small Pacific Island country with a population of fewer than one million people, produces 168.4 tonnes of plastic waste each day! 136 tonnes of this plastic waste is mismanaged. So in 2019, my friends and I formed Precious Plastic Fiji, a youth-led social enterprise that adopted the principles of a global movement to provide a solution to solve the plastic pollution problem. We apply commercial strategies to maximize improvements in financial, social, and environmental well-being, by turning plastic waste into commercially viable products.

Bhagya Uppala Wijayawardane: Tackling Food Insecurity through Home Gardening

Bhagya Uppala Wijayawardane: Tackling Food Insecurity through Home Gardening
Bhagya: Well, Spiffy, in my journey, I have witnessed and heard stories of families adversely affected by climate change. I have seen people affected by malnutrition, stunted growth in children, and an increase in school dropouts due to hunger and lack of a free morning meal. I’ve seen farmers attempt suicide to escape debt traps. I’ve seen escalating food costs and nutritional deficiencies. I started gathering information so I could better understand how people can live peacefully without relying on government agencies and institutions for support all the time. At the same time, I started gardening in the backyard of my kitchen. All this while, there was a constant inkling pushing me to help others start their home garden to fight food insecurity

Amira Odeh: Planting Fruit Trees for a Resilient Puerto Rico

Amira Odeh: Planting Fruit Trees for a Resilient Puerto Rico

Amira: In Puerto Rico, we import more than 85% of the food that we eat. Even though we have the perfect climate and rich soils, decades of colonization have weakened our local agriculture and caused dependence on imports. The impact of recent hurricanes has made this problem worse. Since the impact of Hurricane Maria in 2017, we have been leading an initiative to reforest Puerto Rico. We have been giving out fruit trees and seeds to families in all 78 municipalities of the islands. Most recently, we are working on creating fruit tree parks where communities will be able to access safe and free food all year long and also be more food secure when another natural disaster happens.