Peru teenager wins international climate award

By November 14, 2018

We talk a lot about environmental awareness, but as the effects of climate change continue to be seen throughout the world, there needs to be some incentive to help deter these possibly apocalyptic changes. One 13-year-old Peruvian is trying to help provide that incentive with his idea of an eco-bank that would more directly transform recycling into a currency.

José Adolfo Quisocala recently won the 2018 Children’s Climate Prize for his idea. The international award given out by the Swiss energy company Telge Energi was announced Sunday and the Peruvian teenager will receive his trophy in an official ceremony on Tuesday.

The youngster from Arequipa actually founded his eco-bank when he was 7 years old. It was founded off the idea that fellow kids could pay at a store with items that can be recycled, so that kids learn the value of money and environmental protection at the same time.

“My project is a bank for young people that provides financial education,” Quisocala says as part of his winning pitch. “We teach entrepreneurship in a practical and experimental way by using financial transactions and solid waste.”

The idea is based around children helping to ensure that the planet has a long and healthy future.

“Children can generate the change our climate needs,” he adds.

Judges for the Children’s Climate Prize was very complimentary of Quisocala’s idea.

“Jose’s eco-bank is a brilliant way of linking economy and climate impact, both in thought and practice. The system clearly illustrates that the planet’s common resources are limited and that we must be climate-conscious and recycle the products that we no longer use,” a judge said. “It creates awareness of consumption. This way caring about the environment becomes an investment. A system that gives children both economic independence and power to influence the climate. The potential impact is amazing.”

Watch the full video here where Quisocala explains his award-winning project: