It’s hard to imagine a future where humans’ primary edible protein comes from insects and the sea is the source of not only immunity-boosting nutrients, but also pollution-reducing livestock feed. Yet the inventive creators of InsectiPro, HEAL Fisheries, and Symbrosia — all of which embrace a sustainable future — absolutely can.
Talash Huijbers’ InsectiPro promotes using insects as alternative protein sources to combat food insecurity and rising waste; Gita Syahrani’s HEAL Fisheries aims to preserve critical peat ecosystems by cultivating the Snakehead fish as a health supplement; and Alexia Akbay’s Symbrosia posits that methane emissions from livestock can be slashed by 90% simply by adding a small amount of a single species of seaweed to their feed.
It’s this kind of bold thinking and creative problem-solving that will give communities the fighting chance they need to reverse — or at the very least slow the progression of — climate change. Both HP and MIT Solve want to invest in girls and young women like these social entrepreneurs with an eye toward nurturing the next big idea that can save the world.
This week, on the heels of the UN International Day of the Girl Child, HP and founding partner MIT Solve launched the ‘Girls Save the World’ Prize for the Solv[ED] Youth Innovation Challenge.