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22 nov 5 pm, Sweden

The winner of the Children's Climate Prize 2017 is Edgar Edmund Tarimo, Green Venture Recycles

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Jury motivation

"With a minimum of resources, Edgar has shown great entrepreneurship in the creation of Green Venture Recycles. With astounding knowledge and a marvel of creativity he has shown how plastic bags can be transformed into durable building blocks through a cheap and sustainable process. The jury is full of admiration of his solutions and see great potential for scaling up and further developing his methods. With his invention, Edgar has made a great contribution locally in his area, and in the long run an admiring effort also for the environment and climate on a global scale." 

Organization: Green Venture Recycles  
Name: Edgar Edmund Tarimo
Age: 17 
City: Arusha
Country: Tanzania

Two years ago Edgar started his own company called Green Venture Recycles. It turns plastic waste into cheap and affordable building products such as paving blocks. He has recycled more than 1.2 million plastic bags which could have gone to affect the environment. He has educated more than 4000 students through environmental campaigns in schools. Edgar created a machine that convert waste plastics into paving blocks, roof tiles, bricks, and other useful products. However, melting plastics create toxic gases: dioxin and furan, so he also created a filter to trap the gases and make melting and upcycle of the rescued plastic a more sustainable process. He has employed over 50 people who have now collected more than 20,000 kg of plastic bags, which he has used to produce building materials for construction sites. After seeing how plastics have become a major environmental problem combined with seeing the rains and floods destroying houses because of poor foundations and poor building materials, he was inspired to solve this problem by turning adversity into opportunity.

CHILDREN'S CLIMATE PRIZE 2017

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13/11/17 We can now reveal that this year's winner is: Edgar Edmund Tarimo, for the creation of Green Venture Recycles! He is praised for his inventiveness in showing how plastic bags can be transformed into durable building blocks through a cheap and sustainable process. Congratulations to you! Edgar is coming to Sweden for the award ceremony 22th November.

07/11/17 Introducing the finalists of 2017! What does an inventor from Tanzania, a jewelry designer from Kenya and two UN speakers from Bali have in common? They have all found new smart ways to reduce the environmental impact of plastics. They are also among the finalists of the Children’s Climate Prize 2017. See all finalist videos and read the jury’s motivations below. Read our press release here.

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FINALISTS 2017

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Melati and Isabel Wijsen, age 14 and 16, from Indonesia

Jury motivation

”In a short period of time, Melati and Isabel have raised global awareness for the environmental impact of plastic waste in our oceans. With a clear message and strong actions their initiative, Bye Bye Plastic Bags now is a phenomenon with an outreach far beyond the island of Bali. Their patience, persistence and performance serve as both inspiration and proof of young leadership for a sustainable climate and environment in a time when it’s most needed."

Read more about Bye Bye Plastic Bags
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Jeremy Clark and Charlie Abrams, age 13, USA

Jury motivation

"At a time when facts increasingly are interpreted and treated as opinions, Charlie and Jeremy dare to stand up for scientific knowledge, determined to educate their generation on the pressing climate issue. Through their blog 'Two Green Leaves', they've made real impact in both media and at state capital, so that today 80 public schools in Portland are required to treat climate change as science and not an opinion."

Read more about Jeremy Clark and Charlie Abrams
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Edgar Edmund Tarimo, age 17, Tanzania

Jury motivation

"With a minimum of resources, Edgar has shown great entrepreneurship in the creation of Green Venture Recycles. With astounding knowledge and a marvel of creativity he has shown how plastic bags can be transformed into durable building blocks through a cheap and sustainable process. The jury is full of admiration of his solutions and see great potential for scaling up and further developing his methods. With his invention, Edgar has made a great contribution locally in his area, and in the long run an admiring effort also for the environment and climate on a global scale."

Read more about Green Venture Recycles
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Distilla’Sun

Jury motivation

"Education at its best, with strong leadership and a strong team of efforts, Destilla'Sun has shown that history and tradition can take us into the future with sustainable solutions for water purification. By looking back we sometimes get the answers for how to move forward."

Read more about Distilla’Sun
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Lila Copeland, age 15, USA

Jury motivation

"Lila's campaign for veganism and plant-based meals in school is bold, inspiring and worthy of admiration. Meat and dairy products affect the climate as much as all the world's cars, buses, boats and airplanes together. Still, our diets is mostly based on old traditions and much of a no-go zone for decision makers. Lila's vegan campaign has challenged the traditional school system in a meat loving part of the world, and managed to put plant based dishes on the regular menus."

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Michelle Muthoni, age 10, Kenya

Jury motivation

“With great ingenuity and creativity Michelle has taken recycling to a new level. With her ability to make beautiful and useful things out of what most consider as trash and garbage, she is constantly contributing to sustainability with a growing collection of sustainable accessories."

Read more about Michelle Muthoni

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    ABOUT THE PRIZE

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    We face a turning point in human history and the state of the earth. We must stop and reverse climate change that drives us against catastrophic scenarios. Telge Energi has taken a stand by working exclusively with renewable energy. But more needs to be done. The next generation will face the consequences for our climate failure. Telge Energi therefore instituted the Children's Climate Prize, an international climate prize awarded to a child or youth, 10-17 years, who has done something extraordinary for the climate and environment. The prize was established in 2016 to highlight another perspective on the climate issue, recognizing that it is the children's future at stake, that their voices are important and deserve to be heard. The finalists and the winner are appointed by a jury and receive SEK 50 000 in prize money. Anyone can nominate their climate hero.

    CHILDREN'S CLIMATE PRIZE JURY

    Johan Kuylenstierna, Chef för Stockholm Environment Institute - CCP2017

    Johan Kuylenstierna

    Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute

    Katarina Mohlin, Kommunikationschef på if - CCP2017

    Katarina Mohlin

    Head of Communications at if

    Micael Dahlén, ekonom, författare och rockstjärne-professor i ekonomi - CCP2017

    Micael Dahlén

    Economist, author and rock star Professor of Economics

    Soledad Piñero Misa, Retoy och Social Mission Manager på Ben & Jerrys Nordic - CCP2017

    Soledad Piñero Misa

    Retoy and Social Mission Manager at Ben & Jerrys Nordic

    Juhán Niila Stålka, WWF Sweden Youth - CCP2017

    Juhán Niila Stålka

    WWF Sweden Youth

    Juliette - jury, Children's Climate Prize 2017

    Juliette Potier

    Youth representative from France.

    Kimai - jury, Children's Climate Prize 2017

    Kimai Hireme

    Youth representative from New Zealand

    Ihsan - jury, Children's Climate Prize 2017

    Ihsan Xasan

    Student from the Blombackaskolan School.

    Kristian - jury, Children's Climate Prize 2017

    Kristian Chamoun

    Student from the Blombackaskolan School.

    McKenzie - jury, Children's Climate Prize 2017

    McKenzie Royo

    Youth representative from the USA

    LAST YEAR'S WINNER OF THE CHILDREN'S CLIMATE PRIZE 2016

    Vinnaren av Children’s Climate Prize 2016: Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez, USA

    To draw attention to the climate issue from a more positive perspective, Telge Energi established the Children's Climate Prize in 2016. Last year's prize was awarded to the inspiring climate warrior Xiuhtezcatl Martinez from Colorado, United States. Xiuhtezcatl is a 16-year-old climate activist, hip-hop artist and an extraordinarily powerful voice in the climate debate worldwide. He has made his voice heard on some of the world's greatest venues including being the main speaker at the UN General Assembly in New York. He is the director of the Earth Guardians, a global organization of young activists, artists and musicians from around the world working together to create positive change.

    Read more about last year's winner

    CONTACT

    Press Contact

    Jonna Holmgren, Massiv PR
    +46 708 88 05 02
    jonna@massivpr.se

    Head of Communications

    Jonas Månsson
    +46 723 50 27 59
    childrensclimateprize@telgeenergi.se

    Project Manager

    Niklas Karlsson
    +46 735 26 83 61
    niklas.karlsson@eventum.se

    Project Coordinator

    Britta Persson
    britta.persson@telgeenergi.se

    Project Coordinator

    Fredrik Wallenholm
    fredrik.wallenholm@telgeenergi.se