Best Ideas 2021 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Published on June 1, 2021 um 12:27
Explain your idea in details:
Today, many farmers often burn natural resources such as dry leaves, small twigs, and sticks for agricultural purposes which is illegal and releases carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases (GHGs) into the atmosphere. Forest fires are another thing that frequently happens in places with hot and arid conditions. This often causes massive fires which destroy life on land, including plants and animals. Both of these things cause further global warming and climate change. As of today, the earth's climate is rapidly changing; the average global temperature has risen approximately 1.1 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Wildlife, human society, and well-being are all being severely impacted by human-caused climate change. A global temperature increase of 1.5 to 2.0 degrees Celsius means increased storms and changes in weather patterns, loss of habitat for animals, decrease in water supply, etc. With a goal to largely reduce the effects of climate change from human activities, we have come up with the Leaves Pulverizer. The main objective of the Leaves Pulverizer is to stop the burning of plantations and reduce forest fires. We have a service for farmers that will facilitate the process of creating space for agriculture by blending agricultural waste and plowing it into the soil. From this, the organic fertilizer we get will enrich the soil. Dry leaves are one of the main fuels of forest fires, the machine can blend the dry leaves and small twigs so that they can be fermented and used as fertilizer. Because fermentation creates methane, a GHG, we will transform it into electricity and sell it to the government, then households can use the electricity through a power grid. Communities can also obtain renewable energy by using a mini version of the machine to blend household waste to produce biogas from fermentation.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The expected impact of our idea has several advantages to society and wildlife. Using the Leaves Pulverizer as a tool to help solve the climate crisis mainly falls under two SDGs: goal number 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and goal number 13 (climate action). Farmers who use our service will make their job more efficient, they will be able to grow crops and earn income to support their families without causing any damage to the environment or creating more air pollution. This will reduce CO2 emissions and PM 2.5. There will also be more job opportunities for unemployed people. The method of waste to energy also helps with the problem, by using renewable energy instead of fossil fuels. The household expenses can be reduced when using biogas. With the help of the machine, forest fires are less likely to occur, meaning the ecosystem and forests will not be harmed and the food chain will not be affected, which preserves the ecosystem and biodiversity. Without burning, there will be no more carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, the greenhouse effect and the global temperature will also lower together. Carbon sinks like the forest and ocean will still exist to help us reduce CO2 emissions, fewer risks of damage from weather disasters and floods, and species of animals won't have to further migrate or adapt due to warmer global temperatures. In terms of society and economy, people will be in better living conditions, fewer diseases, and more water supply. This will also help the government sector reduce economic problems and public health expenses.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Currently, the leaves pulverizer is at its conceptual stage, we plan to consult with the Institute of Vocational Education in Thailand as this can help enhance our product when it comes to building the actual representation (constantly improving over time). Our next steps will be based on our marketing plan (4Ps, 4Cs). Then, we will register our company so that it becomes reliable and prepare documents for a bank loan. We will also ask for a tax exemption from the BOI (Board of Investment Thailand). After that, we will begin running our business, which will be an agricultural waste elimination service, biogas one-stop service for households, and sell the electricity to the government generated from the biogas produced from the dry leaves transported out of the forest to reduce wildfires. We provide a farmland-preparing service for farmers by blending agricultural waste and plowing it into the soil which becomes organic fertilizer for crops. This will be more eco-friendly as they won't have to burn plantations. For communities, we offer the biogas (from the fermentation of household waste) one-stop service for households. Households will have clean energy to use which can reduce their household expenses. Our services will be set at a reasonable and affordable price as we have received tax exemption from BOI earlier. The employees and workers for our business will be the fresh graduates from the institute and people in local areas so this will provide more job opportunities for unemployed people.
My name is Tomoko Ikuta and I'm 14 years old. I am currently studying at the International School Bangkok in Thailand. I was first exposed to entrepreneurship through attending the ServICE Conference 2019 and 2020 as my school's representative. The conference involved keynote speeches, how-to sessions, spark-sessions, and NGO booths from refugees, business starters, students, teachers, and many more. The experience broadened my involvement as an advocate and a leader through my participation in the conference; I gave a keynote speech about climate change the first year and the effect of social media on mental health the second year. I've also done community services and taught English to disadvantaged students at the Cheerful Life Foundation (CLF). As a student leader, I am a student ambassador, student council representative, and grade-level representative. I am also the founder and president of the STEM Club and Read With Me Club. STEM Club is about bringing students interested in the field of STEM together to learn, share, and help one another improve. Read With Me Club is a club that aims to teach English to Thai local schools across Thailand, we also donate any books we have to them. I also previously created my own Instagram page which consists of posts on the topic of climate change (@fight.climatechnge) to raise further awareness on this global problem. I am also a SEAMOX qualifier 2020, a grade 8 pianist, an I AM UNICEF member, as well as part of the UNICEF Young People's Advisory Board (UNICEF YPAB). I can speak Thai and English fluently, and currently learning Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean.
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Leaves Pulverizer Model
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