Young Asian social entrepreneurs offer hope through climate action

Kanni Wignaraja is U.N. assistant secretary-general and director of the U.N. Development Program’s Asia and the Pacific bureau. Peter Babej is Citigroup’s Asia-Pacific chief executive.카지노사이트

The destruction and loss of life caused by Typhoon Noru, which recently tore through the Philippines before making its way into Vietnam, amplified the reality of the increasing frequency and ferocity of tropical storms as a result of climate change.

With its extensive coastlines, low-lying territories and many small island states, the Asia-Pacific region is confronted with the significant implications of climate change. The region’s geography makes it highly susceptible to rising sea levels and weather extremes, posing a very real threat to more than 4.7 billion people.

No one wishes to sit around awaiting this doom. There is much that can and must be done, and in a region that is home to over 60% of the global youth population, it is essential that they become engaged in accelerating climate action.

Efforts to direct the potential and power of young people toward climate action are well underway and can be further supported and scaled. Entrepreneurship offers a path for youth to shape and lead local solutions that strengthen community resilience, turning their climate concerns into climate action.

In Vietnam, the desire to develop industrial home care products that are good for the environment and safe to use brought three young people together to start FUWA Biotech, which makes enzymes for chemical-free cleaning liquids from disposed pineapple peels.

In Bangladesh, the co-founders of Borac Energia met at a networking event where they exchanged their passion and experience in climate change and clean tech. This led to a startup that makes clean energy affordable by delivering environment-friendly, recycled lithium-ion batteries with double the life span of lead-acid batteries.

In Japan, the company Think sea was born from its founder’s desire to combine his passion for fish and leather crafting with his concern for fish waste, resulting in an enterprise that transforms skin discarded in the making of sashimi and sushi into fish leather to make products such as business cardholders, wallets and iPhone cases under the brand name of Tototo.

A new study by Youth Co:Lab “Climate Concern to Climate Action: The Role of Young Social Entrepreneurs,” an initiative co-led by the U.N. Development Program and Citi Foundation to accelerate the implementation of U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, reveals the strong concerns young social entrepreneurs have regarding climate change and provides key insights on how climate change is impacting their organizations.

The research illustrates how young social entrepreneurs in the Asia-Pacific region are making valuable and innovative contributions to climate action with creative and entrepreneurial mindsets.

Some 84% of those surveyed in the study believe that climate change is a global emergency, and 97% are concerned that it will negatively impact them personally at some point in their lifetime.

Nearly three quarters of participating young social entrepreneurs expect challenges caused by climate change to negatively impact their organizations, particularly in terms of resource costs, supply shortages, depletion of natural resources and health challenges for staff and family.바카라사이트

This has not deterred young people from leading change within their communities, however. Of the survey respondents, two-thirds said their organizations are committed to delivering climate action-focused products and services. And 80% want to take further action through their organizations.

How can the rest of us help these young climate early responders?

Facilitating their engagement and forming of partnerships with government and the private sector to take their efforts to scale is one way. Targeted support can equip them with skills and knowledge to engage with different networking platforms and forums.

Enhancing access to different funding resources, including through philanthropy and impact investing, is another way. This can be done by connecting young social entrepreneurs and financial service stakeholders to address critical barriers they face.

Supporting skill and knowledge exchanges and capacity-building initiatives to deliver sustainable climate solutions also helps. Sharing best practices, financing options and technologies to accelerate climate action can benefit these young entrepreneurs.

Establishing multistakeholder dialogue platforms to foster collaboration between decision-makers and young social entrepreneurs to address challenges impacting the effectiveness of their organizations is another way to show support. So can generating data and research to provide up-to-date evidence that can engage social entrepreneurs in climate action.

These are but a few ways to support young social entrepreneurs to amplify their positive contributions and become current and future champions of climate action.온라인카지노

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