Dr. Abigail: Thanks for having me, Spiffy! Marie Curie once said, "You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end, each of us must work for his own improvement and, at the same time, share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful." In light of pressing global issues such as the ongoing pandemic and climate change, it is crucial that leaders exhibit empathy and humility while promoting inclusive collaboration across borders and institutions. As we approach the last seven years to achieve the SDGs, it is essential to reevaluate our methods and find ways to empower and unite the youth toward achieving sustainable goals.
Kari: There are various challenges we face as human beings, and that is why BIOVATEC seeks to contribute to the development of sustainable and eco-efficient solutions. We do this with a scientific-technological base to promote innovation through projects that tackle environmental problems. We also highlight the opportunities that biotechnology offers us and that new things can be created from very basic or complex problems. This is actually how we developed NoPlastic, one of the main projects at BIOVATEC, with the aim of combating plastic pollution and food waste. We also offer support and collaboration with different sectors to generate social, environmental, and economic benefits.
Sebastian: At Zubale we are building the future of work in Latin America. Why? In our region, over 40% of the population lives in the informal economy with low or no access to traditional labor opportunities. Unemployment has skyrocketed during the Covid-19 pandemic, making the situation even worst. In addition, smartphone penetration has skyrocketed, enabling new labor models to emerge. That’s where we come in!
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