Five Green Kids Changing the World


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  • Five green kids changing the world: Malala Yousafzai showed the world that one child can make a huge difference, but here are five other examples of green kids that are each doing what they believe can help the world to be a better place. 1. Maya Penn is a 15-year old Eco-friendly entrepreneur, cartoonist and designer with her own eco-friendly fashion line, a nonprofit organization called Maya’s Ideas for the Planet, two children’s books with environmental subjects, and more coming. As she describes her own approach: “No matter how big my company gets, I will always use eco-friendly materials. No matter what.” 2. Olivia Bouler is another 15-year old Eco-activist, author and artist. She started her activism at age 11 after the devastating Gulf oil spill happened. Only 11 years old at that time, she reached out to the Audubon Society offering her help.” She gave away about 500 of her bird drawings to those who donated to wildlife recovery efforts, raising over $200,000. She has received lots of recognition for her conservation efforts, including being named ASPCA Kid of the Year and a Champion of Change by the White House. She released a children’s book, Olivia’s Birds: Saving the Gulf, with proceeds going to Audubon, and continues to activate those around her. Her personal message: “We are house guests on our planet, and we have definitely, definitely not been very clean house guests. Now it’s time for us to clean up.” 3. Shubham Banerjee is a 13-years-old entrepreneur and inventor. He’s working on an invention that could help blind people to read; a machine that prints Braille, a touch-based writing system for the visually impaired, which has won numerous awards and enthusiastic support from the blind community. He built the first model using a Lego robotics kit for a school science project after learning that Braille printers cost way more than most people can afford. His own company called Braigo Labs, a “humanely optimized technology company” is now working on developing low-cost Braille printers, and hopes to have one of its products on the market later this year. 4. Winter Vincent is a 9-year-old humanitarian surfer and Waves for Water (an organization working to provide clean water to communities in need around the world) ambassador. Winter inspired many other kids with his slogan “Kids Can Make a Difference” and together with the students of Manly Village Public School managed to raise funds for clean water systems. Last year he traveled to Indonesia with Waves for Water to help implement 50 water filtration systems, providing clean water for up to 5,000 residents. 5. Mary Grace Henry is a teen social entrepreneur who has designed and sold enough headbands to pay for an education to 45 girls living in extreme poverty. “Educating a girl can reverse the course of her life and change the course of a community …and a country.” She’s the founder of Reverse The Course, a headband-making business that donates 100 percent of its profits toward educational opportunities for girls, primarily in Uganda and Kenya. Last year she was honored with a World of Children Award for her efforts.
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