‘Call for Africa’s low carbon entrepreneurs Ashden awards’

02Mar 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
‘Call for Africa’s low carbon entrepreneurs Ashden awards’

THE prestigious Ashden Awards has called for applications from Africa's low carbon innovators announcing cash grant of up to £20,000 for winning organisations which will also receive development support, networking opportunities and PR support including a broadcast-quality film about their work.

Ashden Chief Executive Officer, Harriet Lamb.

The Ashden Awards highlight outstanding climate innovations, boosting bright ideas that can be scaled up or replicated around the world. Applicants include businesses, charities and public sector bodies.

Ashden Chief Executive Officer, Harriet Lamb said: “while too many young people face unemployment or underemployment, new opportunities are opening for jobs in building the low carbon economy of the future.”Lamb said that renewable energy generates more jobs than fossil fuels, but people are not being trained up with those skills to power the future economy.

“This is why the Ashden Award is looking for exciting initiatives training people in green skills,” she said.Referring to the new Award for regenerative agriculture, she said: “Small scale farmers are the heart of the low carbon revolution. They grow our food and they often practice traditional techniques that help store carbon and protect the soil – in fact the techniques of the future. We are looking for those examples that can inspire others to follow their footsteps.”

Regenerative agriculture is sustainable farming that nourishes soil, boosts biodiversity and improves water management; said Lamb adding it could bring enormous benefits to the climate, and to 500 million smallholder farmers around the world.

Awards relevant to Africa with include, Ashden Award for humanitarian energy, Ashden Award for cooling in informal settlements, Ashden award for energy access innovation, Ashden Award for natural climate solutions, Ashden Award for energy access skills and the Ashden Award for regenerative agriculture.

Winners will be announced at the international climate summit COP26 being held in Glasgow, Scotland in November.The Ashden Awards boost outstanding climate solutions. For more than 20 years it has backed radical ideas delivering lower emissions and a fairer world, with grants and development support on offer to winners and finalists.

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