An inspiring group of ten teenage girls from San Fernando High School in California didn't have the money to help the many homeless people they encountered on their way to school, but they knew they wanted to help somehow.
See the article for many more photos of the girls in the process of making and testing their invention and for anecdotes about what this experience has meant to them and their dreams for the future.
Abeer Seikaly, an architect and artist from Jordan, was so moved by the many Syrian refugees she saw in her country living in inadequate housing that she invented a new type of solar-powered weatherproof tent that also collects water. She envisions these tents being used as housing for the homeless and for refugees.
She says, "There are one billion people globally that live without adequate shelter, and a rapidly growing proportion of this population that are being forced to live semi-permanently out of their environment or who are transient. So this whole idea and focus of researching a shelter building process with several communities has really been integral to the development and research I’ve been conducting."
She plans to join a team of women on Mt. Everest next year on an expedition led by fellow Jordanian, Mustafa Salaamed. She will be bringing a prototype of her tent not only to test it in the harshest of circumstances, but to raise awareness of the global need of so many for safe and comfortable housing.
Solar panels generated more electricity than coal between April and September 2016 in the United Kingdom. This is great news for the growing solar power movement. According to James Court, head of policy at the Renewable Energy Association, “Solar overtaking coal this summer would have been largely unthinkable five years ago...Now that we have a significant global and domestic industry, solar is one of the cheapest forms of power." Imagine what could happen if government policies and incentives supported renewable energy as the premiere source of energy.