Plastic waste plays a lead role in the global environmental disaster the negative impact of which is growing tremendously. The more we talk about this negative impact of our senseless consumption of harmful for the environment materials, the more and more people bet on making more environmentally cautious decisions.
The global human population has grown from 2 billion in 1927 to 7.6 billion in 2017. The growth is expected to continue as estimations for the future put the total population to 11.2 billion by the year 2100. This growth along with the rapid urbanization increases the demand for natural resources needed by the people leading to increment in agriculture production.
Air pollution is a serious problem that humanity faces. A research conducted in 2016 as a part of the Global Burden of Disease project showcases extremely disturbing results – the data shows that every year more than 5.5 million people around the world are dying prematurely as a result of air pollution.
Entrepreneur and pro skier Julian Carr has launched a crowdfunding campaign, looking to raise $ 5.5 million USD to fund an ad during the Super Bowl in order to raise awareness on the issue of climate change and global warming.
By the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans, according to an alarming report by the World Economic Forum from 2016. The first global analysis studyon the production, use and fate of plastic, conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Georgia, the University of California, Santa Barbara and Sea Education Association, shows that by the year 2015, we had generated 8.3 billion metric tons of plastics, 6.3 billion tons of which had already become waste.
According to The Guardian, in a minute one million plastic bottles are being purchased around the world, a number, which is expected to grow 20% by the year 2021. This troubling data proves that the production of plastic is a growing issue that needs to be tackled immediately otherwise the consequences can be devastating not only to nature but to humankind as well. And one starting company is on a mission to change the picture for the better.
Skipping Rocks Lab, a startup that is making “packaging disappear”, introduced to the world their edible water containers Ooho! through crowdfunding and smashed their £400,000 goal without a problem. Ooho! is a new generation water container that is aiming to put to an end the plastic bottle industry.
The vivid discussion on global warming and the effect the modern lifestyle brings to the environment has increased awareness and as a result turned sustainability to a shopping priority. The crowdfunding phenomena have helped many businesses to bring to market innovative products that are well-accepted by the crowds and inspire sustainability at the same time.
A group of Portuguese school students has turned to crowdfunding to raise money to finance European Climate Change Case against 47 European countries. The children, who live in Leiria region of central Portugal that has been struck by the country’s worst forest fires, want to hold the states’ of these countries responsible for their inaction to stop climate change.
Crowdfunding has become one of the most appealing alternatives for social entrepreneurs to raise funding for their social good projects. Millennials, in particular, are influencing tremendously the change in the global investing scene as they are very fond of crowdfunding. Their love for technology and social media in a way explains their fascination with supporting crowdfunding campaigns.
Have you ever through about how you can make the world a better place? Probably at some point of your life, you have or maybe you have turned this into a life-long mission. Being a positive force that makes a difference in the world is very fulfilling and extremely important for social entrepreneurs. If you want to join forces with them and become a changemaker yourself, it is a good idea to explore crowdfunding.