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Energy Globe Award

With more than 170 participating countries and over 1500 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award 2016

Submitted by: Moldavian Union of Inventors & Rationalizers
Earthquake shelter for poor countries

Many areas in Moldova don't have a well functioning waste disposal system. The existing landfills are often badly equipped and the people living nearby often suffer from various diseases. A large investment would be needed to solve this problem but corruption and political intrigues are in the way. The number of illegal waste dumps is on the rise and collection and transport of solid waste is practically non-existent in small cities. Given this situation, any waste project would be a relief for the environment. Another problem affecting especially the poor population are natural disasters like earthquakes. A few seconds can decide about life or death. Effective early-warning systems help people to take refuge in safe places but they are mainly available in developed countries, e.g. Japan where more than thousand seismographs are located all over the country. Thousands of lives were saved during the great earthquake in 2011. Statistics show that the largest number of earthquake victims occurs in poor countries without early-warning systems. Historical documents indicate that in 17th century Europe, inhabitants of seismic areas have widely used homemade earthquake detectors. The Kids Club under the patronage of the Union of Inventors and Innovators of Moldova has been conducting experiments with self-made detectors. They were successful in developing an instrument do detect earthquakes from above 5 on the Richter scale. The device is simple and made of waste. Since waste is available in a large amount, many instruments can be manufactured which at the same time protects the environment. Earthquake shelters can also be built using pressed waste paper. This project therefore not only saves lives but at the same time reduces the amount of waste being disposed of illegally, saves waste from being burned and polluting the atmosphere, and creates new jobs.

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Many areas in Moldova don't have a well functioning waste disposal system. The existing landfills are often badly equipped and the people living nearby often suffer from various diseases. This year's National Winner of the Energy Globe Award in Moldova uses waste to build earthquake detectors and shelters which not only saves lives but also reduces the waste problem and the burden on the environment. Congratulations to your initiative!