Clunkers for Coasts

Clunkers for Coasts

Jamaica
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

We will remove abandoned cars from the sides of the road and develop them into artificial reefs to increase tourism and improve sanitation.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Jamaica is a poor country and has lots of abandoned cars on the side of the road.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

We want to turn something typically considered trash into a tourist attraction.
About You
Section 1: About You
First Name

Emily

Last Name

Keller

Website
Organization
Country

, TX, Brazos County

Section 2: About Your Organization
Organization Name
Organization Phone
Organization Address
Organization Country

, TX, Brazos County

Your idea
Country your work focuses on

, TRL

Website URL
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Innovation
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Impact
What impact have you had on your clients and the tourism sector?

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Actions

We will remove the cars and prep them to become artificial reefs by draining the fluids and taking out any hazardous materials like the battery. We will then place the reefs in the ocean and turn them into artificial reefs. We hope to provide jobs by training locals to do this themselves.

Results

The land will be cleaner because we will have removed the cars, and tourism will have increased because of the new reefs.

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Community involvement is required for the project to be a success, as well a small amount of initial capital.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

Lack of funding would prevent success. Existing waste regulations might also hinder our progress.

How many people will your project serve annually?

101‐1000

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

$50 - 100

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy or introduce models and tools that benefit the tourism sector in general?

Yes

Sustainability
What stage is your project in?

Idea phase

In what country?

, TRL

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.
How long has this organization been operating?

Less than a year

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?

No

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?

No

Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

We don't have any partnerships.

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?
The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

After visiting the country of Jamaica, and seeing the state of the living conditions of the people in areas surrounding the major cruise destinations it is clear that there is work that needs to be done. The people are living in poverty and poor sanitary conditions. Their yards and streets are cluttered with abandoned and broken down vehicles, as well as, other large discarded items. It is economically and environmentally beneficial to remove this clutter from the living space of the people. A good option for the removal process may lie in the country’s largest resource, the ocean. Artificial reefs are very useful tools to promote marine life and control beach erosion. Artificial reefs are designed to provide hard surfaces to which algae, barnacles, corals, and oysters attach; the accumulation of attached marine life in turn provides structures and food for a variety of fish. Since Jamaica is constantly being battered by sea waves and heavy rains, beach erosion may be a serious problem. With proper placement of the artificial reefs this problem could be alleviated. They have also been a very successful in creating beautiful tourist attractions in many areas across the Caribbean already. The proximity to the ocean will allow for Jamaicans to aid in the cleaning of their surroundings by turning their large discarded items into artificial reefs, particularly the abandoned cars. Hopefully, this small step will allow for the improvement of the citizens lives.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

We are a group of college students.

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

College or university

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

50 words or fewer