Ok, so, back when I announced the competition, I alluded that I would make a blog post that goes more in depth on why we chose the theme of “Toward A Greener Tomorrow”, and so I am writing that here today! The idea for the theme came from the feeling that it is too easy to focus on the negative aspects of our current environmental issues. You here how this animal is going extinct, this resource is tougher to find, we are using too much of this or that. But that is not the whole picture, not even close! If there was no positive news related to the environment, we would be much closer to the apocalyptic wasteland many seem to feel we are reaching. But we are not! There is good news every day if you know where to look, and that is why we have a future. Do we have issues? Yes. Will we find more along the way? Undoubtedly. Are they insurmountable? Not at all! Yet if you do not believe there are better days to come, then your efforts are likely to be less than they would be if surrounded in a field of positivity.
“Toward A Greener Tomorrow” represents that feeling, that hope, that drive to look past the negatives. The Clean Tech Competition is oriented to find a greener solution in our evolving world, and the theme of 2019 is to remind us that things will get better, but only if we believe it to be so. I have no doubt that some of the thousands of young scientist that have entered over the last several years will be influential in our planets greener future. Now, it is your turn to help. I cannot wait to see what you have in store!