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Seven climate heroes awarded $50,000

Posted by in Science & Technology on Thursday, December 17, 2015

A few of the 18-35 year olds who've been awarded $50,000 each for their innovative work in climate change solutions (Illustrations: Paul Robert/Canadian Geographic)

Canada is full of geniuses and innovators. A quick Google search will reveal that Canadians have had a hand in everything from insulin to Walkie-Talkies. Now a new generation of Canadian inventors is tackling one of the biggest problems of the 21st century: climate change.

Canadian Geographic and Shell Canada have awarded six groups of 18-35 year old climate change heroes $50,000 each for their innovative work on viable solutions to climate change.

From thermal energy, revolutionary lighting, ultra efficient houses, ethical and environmental clothing and compost so clean you can eat it, this year’s recipients represents innovation in one or some combination of the following areas: social/behaviour change, energy efficiency or clean energy.

The six were selected by Canadian Geographic, Shell Canada and the MaRS Discovery District as inspiring representations of the types of projects that will be funded by Canadian Geographic and Shell's 2016 Quest Climate Grant.

"Working with Shell Canada to offer The Quest Climate Grant is truly a natural fit for us," said John Geiger, Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Geographic. "Our content is focused on uncovering and celebrating inspiring people and places in Canada, and these young entrepreneurs are just that — inspiring. We look forward to expanding The Quest Climate Grant in 2016 and being witness to the continued innovation of young Canadians committed to developing sustainable solutions"

Visit, to learn more about 18-year-old Ann Makosinski and her body heat powered flashlight; Michael Helander and his ultra-efficient OLED lights; Kevin Davies and his company Hop Compost; Michael Nemeth and the passive house movement and Bree and Hailey Hollinsworth and their ethical and environmentally friendly clothing line, Ungalli Clothing Co.

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