Pierre Beauchamp is the second-place winner in our first Citizen Entrepreneur Contest to honor local green heroes. He was selected for his work as an aquaponic farmer who provides fresh and healthy food for his high school's cafeteria -- and for educating classmates on the process. How did you become environmentally conscious?
I think being environmentally conscious for me began at an early age. I attend a Waldorf school where we learned how to plant gardens before we learned to read or write. I look around today and realize how much we consume and how little we give. I think we have it really good here on this planet and it's high time to use less, want less, and live simpler.
What would surprise us about your work?
I like to farm using aquaponic techniques. This method of food production uses 90% less water and can yield three times the weight in produce per square foot than tradition agriculture. Aquaponics uses the byproducts of live fish to fertilize plants, creating a symbiotic relationship within a closed-loop system.
How have you worked with Global Green?
I was awarded the 2012 Citizen Entrepreneur Award and was sent to Rio de Janeiro for the Rio +20 event. I spent 10 days with kids my age from across the map discussing environmental issues and solutions to be implemented. I have been awarded a cash prize that will help me further my knowledge of food production.
Who is your hero?
My father is a heroic figure to me. He inspires me to do what I want and excel in whatever it is I chose to do. I look up to him because he does this himself.
What has been a recent work success or accomplishment?
Seeing my work is the best way to answer that. (Video.)
If you had the power to make one global and green change, what would it be?
If I could change something on a globally green level, it would have to be the food we consume. I think it's important for a human being to consume wholesome, natural foods for optimal physical and mental well-being.