The megatrend of 2019 was sustainability. Led by climate activist Greta Thunberg, youth across the world demanded politicians and business owners engage in immediate action on climate and sustainability. Investors followed in droves: According to research by Morningstar, estimated net flows into open-end and exchange-traded sustainable funds that are available to US investors totaled $20.6bn for 2019. This was nearly four times the previous annual record set in 2018.
The megatrend of 2020 so far is coronavirus, and with it a tendency to doubt that sustainability will remain a priority. Locked up in their homes and out of their schools, the youth climate movement has come to a near standstill. “Sustainability pays off only in economically rosy times”, we now hear critics say. “As soon as a crisis hits, priority shifts elsewhere.”
Young people have a whole host of ideas on issues in our society, whether they relate to social matters such as healthcare and education, the environment or infrastructural issues like public mobility and sustainable building. The Swiss Student Sustainability Challenge focusses on supporting students and young people in developing and implementing their ideas and projects, to help them succeed in their commitment to the good of their community.
Participating students will benefit for free from Individual advice from trained coaches Workshops and seminars Access and training for the Sustainable Innovation Plan on the platform getlaunched Exchange and networking with experienced entrepreneurs The best projects will also be awarded with the PAX Sustainability Awards and win a total of CHF 25,000 in prize money.
There is an abundance of theoretical knowledge on the advantages of new disruptive emerging technologies such as blockchain, but it is much harder to prove the actual benefits in practice. In the next 3 – 6 months, a consortium made up of Circle Economy, Sustainable Finance Lab, Nederland Circulair!