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  • Through the Desert Garden program, scientists and refugees have turned two problems — the inability to grow fresh fruits and vegetables in desert refugee camps and a warehouse of unrecyclable foam mattresses — into a humanitarian solution.

    • Moaed A. Al Meselmani
    • Harry C. Wright
    • Anthony J. Ryan
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  • The Carbon Neutrality Challenge is an initiative to mitigate climate change, in which individuals estimate their CO2 footprint and then plant enough trees to offset it. Thousands of trees have been planted by volunteers in Hawaii who took the Carbon Neutrality Challenge.

    • Asryelle Mora Rollo
    • Audrey Rollo
    • Camilo Mora
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  • Games are a popular way for people to spend their spare time, but they can also provide useful tools to communicate and teach geoscience. The SeriousGeoGames Lab has engaged thousands with geosciences through the Earth Arcade and virtual reality gaming.

    • Chris Skinner
    • Kelly Stanford
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  • Due to lack of infrastructure and capital to manage waste properly, developing regions face significant challenges from plastic waste accumulation. The Trash-to-Tank program enables communities to locally convert post-consumer use plastic to plastic-derived fuel oil, providing environmental and economic benefits.

    • Chandni Joshi
    • Shelby Browning
    • Jeffrey Seay
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  • There are thousands of potential students desperate to learn behind bars, but few resources for scientific education. The Think Like A Scientist programme offers prisoners a chance to learn geoscience.

    • Philip J. Heron
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  • Geology is gradually being withdrawn from the school curriculum in the UK, and risks losing its identify as a distinct subject. GeoBus provides workshops and support for Earth science education, inspiring teachers and pupils to engage with fundamental questions in geology.

    • Jen Brooke
    • Amy Edgington
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  • Businesses must understand and act to reduce their environmental footprint. Springer Nature has been working to address the impacts of its publishing operations since 2017, lowering office-based carbon emissions and improving sustainable practices.

    • Thea Sherer
    Our Earth
  • Travel is a key part of academic life, and the carbon emissions associated with it are high. Personal decisions to reduce flying can contribute to climate action, and need not compromise research.

    • John N. Quinton
    Our Earth