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'Like' sustainability? DNV GL, Sustainia search for next youth leader online

DNV GL, in partnership with Sustainia, has launched a social media competition to help the company search for young sustainability leaders from around the world.

Initiated last year, this is the second edition of the online contest, where even those who nominate any young and vocal artist, entrepreneur, activist, scientist or any sustainability-oriented leader stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the Sustainia 100 Launch at DNV GL’s Headquarters in Norway. The companies are keen on putting the spotlight on both up-and-coming leaders and like-minded supporters.

Meanwhile, the Sustainia100 Launch focuses on 100 groundbreaking projects sourced worldwide, which will be presented to companies and industries looking for sustainable practices and solutions.   

DNV GL and Sustainia are in search for the likes of eco-warriors Alec Loorz and Grace Mwaura, who are now actively engaged in DNV GL’s sustainability projects, said DNV GL chief sustainability officer Bjørn Haugland.

Loorz, founder of Kids vs Global Warming, launched the iMatter campaign in the United States, a platform that documents personal accounts from young children who have experienced the effects of climate change. Loorz was 16 years old when he sued the US Federal Government for not doing enough to tackle climate change.

Meanwhile, Mwaura, who co-founded the Intervarsity Environment Network in Kenya, became instrumental in the formation of an Africa-wide youth group, The African Youth Initiative on Climate Change. She led the largest-ever delegation of African youth to the United Nations Conference of the Parties in 2009.

Nominations can be done via Facebook or for those who do not have an account can do so here. The social media competition closes at midnight on May 21 and winners will be announced on Facebook on May 26.

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