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Litterati app makes strides in ending global litter problem with NSF grant

 

It’s endearing to see mobile apps make strides to make the world better. Jeff Kirschner, founder of Litterati, made it his goal to create an app that helped end the global litter problem, and so far he’s seen success.

After a successful round of funding through a Kickstarter campaign, the National Science Foundation happily announced it would be making a substantial contribution of its own, promising this will be the next big step in making the earth a cleaner place to live.

“[Litter] is a massive problem,” Kirschner told Business Insider. “It impacts the economy, the environment, it degrades community pride, it decreases property value, it kills wildlife, and now with the plastic pollution in the ocean situation, it is literally poisoning our food system.”

The $225,000 grant will go towards developing an improved app allowing for more communities to come together in the fight against litter. Rather than tracking progress on a solo level, Litterati will allow users to keep track of how their own communities, schools, and other larger organizations are impacting global sustainability.

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Al Gore’s keen insight on the Paris Climate Agreement in 2020

Who knows if re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement will be too late in 2020? We will only have a decade or so left to ensure our social progress index reaches 75% by 2030, and joining the agreement now would help in actualizing this goal.

At least Al Gore firmly believes we are taking action on a state-to-state basis.

“The United States of America is still in the Paris Agreement, and we are going to meet and exceed our commitments,” he said at a climate finance panel at the U.S. Climate Action Center.

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