Meet Akansha Jain, one of the runners-up in our first Citizen Entrepreneur Contest. The Omaha, Nebraska, high school student was honored for her project to clean the Elkhorn River and raise awareness about chemical contamination in our waters. How did you become environmentally conscious?
In the summer of 2011, I got the opportunity to perform a research project, where I got to see the affects different chemicals had on a specific species that lived in the Elkhorn River. These chemicals can contaminate waters as a result of many different factors and then have an adverse affect on fathead minnows.
What would surprise us about your work?
With my project dealing with cleaning the Elkhorn River, I have learned a lot more about the affects of these contaminants on the species that live there than I have learned in my science classes. It isn't until you engage yourself in your community that you truly get to learn more than what is thought in the classroom.
How have you worked with Global Green?
I become connected with Global Green through the Citizen Entrepreneur Contest, where I became one of the runner-ups.
Who is your hero?
As I watched my grandfather go through his last moments due to Alzheimer's, I learned that it is important to have a connection with people. It is this connection that stems my interest in civic responsibility and general volunteerism.
What has been a recent work success or accomplishment?
I have been able to help spread my message by getting the word about river pollutants throughout my community and I hope to involve everyone in working towards a cleaner environment.
If you had the power to make one global and green change, what would it be?
I would get rid of all the contaminants in rivers that have contaminated many of the homes of species that live there.