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Nigerian, 34 others vie for top UN environment prize

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Nigerian inventor and climate activist, Joy Egbe, has been named among the 35 finalists vying for one of United Nations’ most prestigious environmental awards, Young Champions of the Earth.

The 28-year-old’s work, “Just Add Water: Renewable hydrogen for power”, qualified her for the global competition that celebrates outstanding individuals, aged between 18 and 30, with big ideas to protect or restore the environment.

Her project, which is in a pilot stage, is targeted at generating electricity from water in Nigeria.

The finalists, according to the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP), represent five regions of the world.

They were selected from 845 applicants that presented groundbreaking and scalable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental problems.

The prize is UN’s highest environment honour for the youth.

A jury would choose seven overall winners – one from each region – and two from Asia-Pacific.

Their names are to be announced in December. Each victor would receive $10,000 in seed funding, and tailored support to bring their ideas to life, as well as access to powerful networks and mentors.


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