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Climate Innovators - Create real solutions to your city’s climate challenge, take action in your city!

How will you benefit from Climathon?

  • Help solve your city’s local climate challenge, and make your city more resilient to climate change
  • Network with local leaders from academia, business and public authorities
  • Develop your skills in public speaking, innovative thinking, prioritisation, and explore new tools and methodologies
  • Join forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators
  • Become a part of a global community working together to take climate action!

Application Deadline: 25th October, 2017


In South Africa we have two massive problems: one being our very high unemployment rate and the other being our extensive waste production.

We would like to propose a solution which incorporates reducing, reusing and recycling of waste as well as creating an income for the people who live who currently live below the poverty line.

According to the latest statistics, published in 2016, Johannesburg has a population of 10.5 million people. We also have an unemployment rate of 30% and 50% of the population of South Africa are currently living below the poverty line.

According to an article published by the World Bank in 2015 South Africa produces 54 425 tons of trash every single day - the 15th highest in the world. Most of the trash finds its way into landfills, our rivers and subsequently our oceans. 

Recycling is not part of South Africa's culture on a large scale as it is perceived that we have much bigger problems such as unemployment and poverty. We believe that the two go hand in hand, if we can empower the unemployed masses to play an active role in Waste Management then we can help them to create an income whilst reducing our trash and our carbon footprint.

Waste management is a global epidemic - we have animals dying, our oceans are severely polluted, we have children playing amongst rubbish and in unhygienic conditions, there are communities whose only source of water is polluted and causing disease and sickness.

It is now our responsibility, our obligation to make a change. The changes we make as a city will impact our country and on a global scale will make a change in the world.

We owe it to our children and the environment as a whole to make a difference now before it is too late.

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Orsolya Barna
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