The Win Win Youth Award, that Chalmers is a part of, started two years ago as a youth counterpart to the Win Win Sustainability award. The Win Win Youth Award has previously been awarded to young people in the Västra Götaland region in Sweden, but with this year's edition, it has been extended to an international sustainability award. A total of 350 contributions were received from around the world on the theme of Biodiversity.
This year, the award and prize money of SEK 20,000 goes to Ariana Yuen, born in 1990, with the project Forested Foods, an Ethiopian organization that fights to preserve forests and create justice for forest-based communities.
According to the jury, Yuen's cooperation with smallholder farmers has contributed to better pay for local farmers while benefiting biodiversity. Ariana Yuen is also praised for her holistic approach, commitment and young leadership that can inspire other young people.
“This year's theme, Biodiversity, is at the heart of what we do. By partnering with forest communities to regeneratively grow and market sustainable products, we strive to combat deforestation in the world's critical biodiversity hotspots – starting in Ethiopia. We're tackling the often dauntingly complex notions of climate change through the more delightful world of speciality, biodiverse foods”, says Ariana Yuen.
Text: Vedrana Sivac