Enviroment: Eritai Kateibwi, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for Asia Pacific

Enviroment: Eritai Kateibwi, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for Asia Pacific

Your Enviroment: Eritai Kateibwi, UN Environment Young Champion of the Earth for Asia Pacific



UN Environment today made Kiribati citizen Eritai Kateibwi a Young Champion of the Earth for his work on a hydroponics system that will improve human health and resilience to climate change on the low-lying island.

He saw the problems caused by Kirabati’s reliance on imported, often unhealthy, food due to the challenges of growing fresh produce: diabetes, unhealthy children and a garbage problem from dealing with the packaging. He realized that locally grown, nutritious food would reduce these problems, as well as provide entrepreneurial opportunities to the local communities.

Eritai, 28, is one of six winners – each representing a region of the world – awarded the new prize by UN Environment and polymer-producing giant Covestro. The award gives seed funding and mentorship to outstanding individuals, between the ages of 18 and 30, who have big ideas to protect or restore the environment.

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