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Pareena Has a FoodLoop Ecosystem Model That Turns Concrete Cities into Waste-Reducing Farms

In Climate, environment, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

 Pareena Prayukvong lives and works in Thailand where soil is rare and big buildings dominate the landscape. When you are dedicated to reducing waste and toxins in the air, you have to get creative, and she has. Pareena is a trainer and co-creator at The Network, an NGO focused on sustainable development in Thailand. She and the team work …

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Woody Juste is Motivating Youth in Haiti to Work on Climate and Ocean Health

In Climate, Planet, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

 To listen to the audio version of this interview, click the arrow Woody Juste is an agronomist and a leading advocate in Haiti focusing on climate change. Woody has represented Haiti at the Caribbean Youth Parliament on Climate Justice and has expanded that experience into consultancy and projects that educate youth and create solution-based action. Woody shares the projects …

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Bill Shevlin Creates Impact By Closing Gaps in the Renewable Energy Space

In Climate, energy, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Bill Shevlin is the CEO of Mavericks Microgrids  (and the founder of newly launched Net Zero Beyond) with an aim at filling gaps and solving issues that are inherent in new energy technologies. In so doing, he’s created turnkey systems and packaged energy tech in a way that is more user-friendly. He’s also been partnering with companion technologies that create …

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Jhonnly Jn Baptiste is Cleaning up the Environment in Haiti Through Youth for Oceans

In Climate, environment, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Jhonnly is an awarded young environmental advocate who understands how education can help a community correct waste problems. He is the Co-Coordinator for Global Youth Biodiversity Network and the Co-Founder of Youth for Oceans, both established in Haiti. Jhonnly has a passion for the UN SDGs, particularly, #14, which is “Life Below Water,” and dictates that we should “conserve and …

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Sonita Mbah Explains Ecovillages and Permaculture to Climate Advocates

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Agriculture, Climate, environment, Planet, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Note from Publisher:  We quickly found out that our time with Sonita Mbah would be less like an interview and more like a classroom session.  We learned and relearned what we thought we knew about ecovillages and how permaculture fits into the picture.  Sonita Mbah is the Exec. Secretary of Global Ecovillage Network Africa.  Sonita is from Cameroon, but, she …

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Ambassador and Fashion Designer Gilbert Boye Teaches By Inspiring Planet-Friendly Designs

In Africa, Africa Innovators and Influencers, Diplomat, Publisher Channel by Casey Riley

Ambassador Gilbert Boye teaches Management In Living and General Knowledge In Art while developing his own fashion business, Gabidezin House of Fashion, in Ghana. His unique style matches his mission to help alleviate waste and create sustainable solutions that can be adopted throughout communities. Amb Boye speaks with Frontrunners Innovate Producer and Impact Business Developer, Mary Kurek about how he’s …

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Paul Webb Brings Together Experts on Clean Energy to Help Save the Planet

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Paul Webb’s father pushed him toward energy as a career.  He listened and got a job at a nuclear power station.  Paul remembers having to navigate through protesters to get to his job and talks about how he could hear the sounds of power “screaming” through the night…a loud, invasive, industrial sound.  He knew there was a better way. Paul’s …

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Mario Regis of the Abundance Program Promotes New Mindset for Community Problem Solving

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It’s no secret that we believe significant impact is where the goal should be in achieving solutions to big problems with lots of political and social “moving parts.”  But getting to a doable solution is nearly impossible for so many communities around the world and innovators who believe they have the golden ticket to impact.  Enter, the Abundance Program – …

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Which UN SDGs Are You Impacting: Register Here

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The United Nations has a huge mission:  to impact literally everything that can save our planet and help the people on it to grow and prosper. But, here’s the thing:  It’s not just their mission! It belongs to each and every one of us no matter what we do.  WE have the ability to utilize our: hiring practices recycling policies …

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Jeff Schlegelmilch: Public Health Preparedness and the Environment

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Jeff Schlegelmilch is the Deputy Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness. His areas of expertise include public health preparedness, community resilience, and the integration of private and public sector capabilities. Some topics of past work include developing inter-organizational processes for operational epidemiological modeling, evacuation and sheltering planning for people with medical dependencies, and adapting business intelligence systems for …