Cli’meter is the winning climate change app

The effects of climate change are evident in Botswana and all around the globe with increasing drought periods, sea level rising and extreme weather events. Climate change is an existential threat which requires a collective response. This being the case, the European Union to Botswana and SADC invited youths in Botswana to come up with solutions to mitigate against climate change. 

After an initial line-up of 120 entrants, the judges came up with the final three. The three young people were selected as the winners of the Youth Climate Change Challenge which was totally supported by the Delegation of the European Union to Botswana and SADC. 

Coincidentally, in a month in which the respect of gender is topical, a woman was the overall winner in this climate change competition. Maungo Refilwe Mogorosi, who has proposed creating a green app named ‘Cli’meter’ that aims to help reduce the emission of greenhouse gases by helping people use greener methods of transportation, scooped the first prize. The app would offer various emission tracking and information services. Ms Mogorosi believes that the app “would ultimately help to turn car owners from part of the problem into part of the solution.” 

The second place went to Nicholas Selemogo, who proposed converting standard combis into electric vehicles with fiberglass seats and solar panels, while the third place went to Game ‘Zeus’ Bantsi, whose proposal centered on creating a television and on-line series addressing issues of climate change in order to raise public awareness. 

According to Bester Gabotlale, the EU Botswana office communications and media specialist, “The competition was established to inspire innovative solutions to address threats posed by climate change.” The challenge ran from 28th October to 15th November 2019, and was open to all in Botswana aged 35 or below, and required entrants to submit a 2-page concept paper. The competition was judged by a panel of 3: Ivy Afful (Socio-economist at environmental, planning and research firm Earthtec), Dr. Nnyaladzi Batisani (Lead Researcher: Environment and Climate Change, Botswana Institute for Technology Research and Innovation – BITRI), and Dr. Budzanani Tacheba (Director of Innovation and Technology at Botswana Innovation Hub and Technology Park – BIH). 

The three chosen winners received technology-related prizes including tablets, laptops and printers, at a ceremony held on 27th November 2019. The Ambassador of the European Union to Botswana and SADC, Ambassador Jan Sadek while awarding prizes said; “We were happy to receive 120 submissions from young people engaged in tackling climate change issues. This competition was undertaken to spark a dialogue and identify potential change-makers in the area of climate change, and we have succeeded in doing so. Congratulations to the three chosen winners!”

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