Climate Heroes is a project and an NGO I founded in 2010, with the aim to provide inspiring examples of women and men who already started acting to mitigate climate change.
From the everyday citizen to the officials involved in media or politics, the Climate Heroes can inspire us in our daily life, and help us change our behavior while making the task of mitigating climate change more humanly reachable. Gathered within one single project, they are the people who strive to understand, anticipate or limit the impacts of climate change.
Visit the project website at climateheroes.org.
Benoit Lavigueur – Builder of Eco-House Dreams
Benoit Lavigueur is a 29-year-old Canadian carpenter who, over the course of six years, built the house of his dreams. The house, constructed from recyclable and local building materials, is allows Benoit and his family to reduce by 90% his water consumption (bringing it to par with an African household), and 75% his heating demand, making the house highly energy-saving: it boasts a platinum LEED certification, making it the most ecologically-friendly house in all of Québec. “I built this house to prove to people that anybody can do it.” Lavigueur has since founded Belvedair, a successful construction business for eco-houses.
Bren Smith, Greenwave
Connecticut – USA
In 2013, Bren Smith, former industrial fisherman and ocean farmer, starts GreenWave (greenwave.org), an NGO aimed at replicating in open-source a new model of ocean farming that he has put together after years of trial and error. It offers solutions to mitigate our harm with regards to the current food insecurity crisis, and impacts of climate change. In 3-dimentional marine farm model that’s one of the most sustainable ways to feed us, requiring no inputs whatsoever, he grows Kelp (an algae), oysters, clams and mussels. This method restores ecosystems while reducing the pressure on fish stocks, and capturing carbon and nitrogen both from our atmosphere and from the water column.
Joe Justice, Wikispeed
Seattle – USA
Joe Justice founded Wikispeed as a collaborative and open-source innovation project in order to build road-legal vehicles with over 100 miles per gallon of efficiency. By applying “SCRUM” project management methods, the volunteers at Wikispeed manage to innovate on car prototypes every two weeks, while the industry usually takes up to two years to adapt and change. He hopes that their results, available for free online, can be used to influence large car manufacturers to follow this lead, if we are to have the tiniest chance to act upon the ever more pressing issue of climate change.