Xiaoyuan Ren (China) leads MyH2O, a data platform that tests and records the quality of groundwater across a thousand villages in rural China into an app so residents know where to find clean water. The platform also educates communities about sources of contamination and connects villages with potable water companies.
“The MyH2O network and platform that Xiaoyuan Ren has pioneered addresses the root causes of deteriorating water quality whilst safeguarding water resources in underprivileged communities. UNEP encourages such bottom-up approaches and through this award we hope that MyH2O can inspire many others.” said Joakim Harlin, the head of UNEP’s freshwater unit.
The Young Champions of the Earth prize is the United Nations Environment Programme’s leading initiative to engage youth in tackling the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Seven winners were announced in December 2020. The winners are given funding and mentorship to support their environmental initiative. Since its inception in 2017, 28 environmental trailblazers have been recognised from every corner of the globe.
Together, they Act #FORNATURE.
For more information: https://www.unenvironment.org/youngchampions/