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Hyundai Motors and UNDP Accelerator Labs jointly release a video featuring sustainable solutions submitted to the 'for Tomorrow' project.

09 May 2021 | International News : South Korea


Six months since the launch of the 'for Tomorrow' project, Hyundai Motor Company and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a video featuring three sustainable living solutions selected from submissions by grassroots innovators from around the world.

Hyundai Motor and the UNDP Accelerator Labs launched 'for Tomorrow', an initiative that has sought out, welcomed and enabled people across the globe to grow their communities towards a more liveable future. Grassroots innovators from different countries have submitted their solutions via the 'for Tomorrow' platform, ranging from hands-on initiatives to digital, data-driven innovations that answer pressing needs within their communities.

The video, narrated by Ambassador Jessica Alba, signals the second phase of the project, themed 'Sustainable Cities and Communities'. It features three inspiring stories in an effort to inspire and empower people to create positive changes in their communities. 

Amaka, an electrical engineer, built and installed solar-powered lanterns in her community
Amaka, an electrical engineer from Nigeria, built and installed solar-powered lanterns in her community. Life in Amaka's town used to slow down when night fell, as many people did not have access to lighting after dark. Her environmentally friendly solar lamps have created a positive socioeconomic impact within her community by improving health and security, allowing children to read longer, as well as creating business opportunities.

The electric buses of Kathmandu, Nepal - known as safa tempo - have been driven by women for the past three decades. However, these women still face challenges receiving financial support to maintain their transportation services in a male dominated industry. Sonika Manandhar and Tiffany Tong created Green Energy Mobility (GEM), a product that attracted the attention of the Accelerator Lab in Nepal. It seeks to increase financial inclusion for female electric vehicle drivers by making renewable energy-powered public transportation a quality alternative to private vehicles, combating climate change.

Sherwin and his team have developed re-icing machines in an effort to replenish Arctic ice
With melting icebergs causing sea levels to rise, several coastal communities in Wales will need to relocate within the next 50 years. To reverse the effects of climate change, Cian Sherwin and his team have developed and concept-tested prototypes of re-icing machines in an effort to replenish Arctic ice. The technology behind the machines was developed with the assistance of Bangor University, and the finished products will be operated by indigenous people of the Arctic regions.

The solutions will be supplemented and implemented with the connectors such as environmentalist David Mayer de Rothschild and the UNDP Accelerator Labs. The involvement will begin in May and the final results will be announced in September.

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