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Proposal: youth informing communities on climate change adaptation through building homes Contest: Exploring Synergistic Solutions for Sustainable Development Thank you for your contest entry. Thank you for your contest entry. We appreciate your willingness to share your ideas and also the time and effort you put into developing a proposal and submitting it to the contest. We have reviewed your proposal and found that it contained intriguing elements; however, have chosen not to advance it to the next round of competition. We encourage you to keep developing your idea. Transfer your proposal to a Workspace to re-open it, make edits, add collaborators, and even submit it into a future contest. You can do so by logging into your account, opening your proposal, selecting the Admin tab, and clicking “Move proposal.” We welcome you to stay involved in the Climate CoLab community: support and comment on proposals that have been named Finalists, and vote during the public voting period to help select the contest’s Popular Choice Winner. Climate CoLab will be opening more contests throughout the year and you are welcome to submit your proposal to those contests as well. Keep up the great work. We hope that by working together, we all can create solutions that wouldn’t otherwise be possible. Sincerely, Contest Fellows If there are additional comments from the Judges & Fellows, they will be included below.
Youth volunteers to build homes is a good idea. Habitat for Humanity volunteers have been doing this for decades, including in Canada, so the proposal gets low marks for novelty. However, it is clearly quite feasible, for the same reason. I suggest the authors focus on a single location that they are familiar with (maybe the town/city they live in) and make some effort to tailor their house design such that it is specifically relevant to that location (climatically/geographically) and the needs of local people who would live in it. Rainwater harvesting will not work well much of the year, for example, in the Arctic where precipitation is often snow, and may not be very helpful in a very wet climate such as Vancouver either.
Furthermore, we would really ask you to emphasise the impact of your proposal for indigenous and poor people - are there some other innovations that could partner with your proposal in order to help meet some other SDG challenges? Maybe there is even something around indigenous knowledge and biodiversity conservation that can be linked to this proposal? The main focus on green housing is well taken, but I'm sure that it can be paired with other novel initiatives to order to strengthen the applicability of your proposal and minimise the trade-offs with other SDGs. There is a bit reliance on technological innovation, but maybe traditional building practices in Canada can be more sustainable if given a modern twist? Also, please do think how your proposal could be applicable outside of Canada - maybe you can look through other proposals and see if there are synergies with your ideas and partner up? Please do take on the advice from your fellow as he makes some good suggestions. If this proposal is not successful, the authors may wish to look into volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and getting some real experience building housing for those in need in their community.
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