While Mexico had a Climathon organized in Puebla in 2016, the 2017 edition will be the first in Mexico City.Climathon is an event where innovators, entrepreneurs, students and other citizens around the world take direct climate action by coming up with innovative solutions to their own local climate challenges.
In each city, a volunteering team is responsible for organizing the Climathon, carefully selecting the conferences, workshops, material and even food to be offered.
Mexico City and its more than 20 million inhabitants face every year more climate-related challenges such as air pollution, scarcity of drinkable water, waste accumulation, floods and loss of green spaces. While the local goverment government is working to adress these issues through the implementation of several actions defined in Mexico City’s Climate Action Plan 2014-2020, these actions risk falling short if citizen’s involvement is not encouraged and promoted. It is because of this reason that the theme of Climathon CDMX 2017 will go around increasing citizen’s participation in Mexico City’s climate action.
For this edition private companies such as SUEMA, Vitaluz, the World Resources Institute, the South Pole Group and Acciona will help the participants be encouraged and create new and innovative ideas to fight climate change in Mexico City. SUEMA, for example, will be presenting its circular economy project based on a biodigestor for Milpa Alta.
Finally, Impact Hub, Epic Lab and Make Sense will be providing with the methodologies to facilitate the creation of the ideas, make sure that they are viable, and help the participants pitch the ideas to the jury members, who will select the most viable one according to criteria such as social and climate impact, as well as business and financial model viability. Slow Food, the initiative fighting to reduce food waste and keep local food traditions all over the world, will be providing with the menu on friday. To get to see the full-agenda, the event web-page can be visited.
If you want to be part of this initiative connecting over 110 cities from all over the world, be sure to register in the link.