Here’s what environmental justice looks like when youth are leading the way

“This is not simply a box checking exercise — it is value-added.”

Why It Matters

Scientists tell us that humans have caused irreversible changes to the planet — but action can still be taken to reduce some of the worst effects of climate change. Knowing the very real impact of climate change on their future, youth entrepreneurs are creating innovative solutions to the climate crisis — which is why it’s vital that policy-makers empower youth to lead the way.

This story is in partnership with the Commission for Environmental Cooperation.

Back when he was a boarding school student, now-25-year old Gabriel Saunders kick-started his first business selling mini-fridges. He would buy the mini-fridges for $15 from graduating students, and then resell them to new students — after hiking the price up to $40. 

At university, Saunders learned about social entrepreneurship, and how you can “make money while improving the world, and the communities around you,” as he explained during the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC)’s fifth annual Youth Innovation Challenge presentation in September 2021. 

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