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Air Drop

A way of collecting fresh water to support urban slums communities even in drought.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

This is an invention I found through youtube as part of the James Dyson Award. As climate change continues it will affect crop patterns, particuarly for countries close to the equator, making droughts longer and growing seasons shorter. For example, India could lose up to a third of its maize crop. Therefore the original function of Air Drop would allow people to grow plants on a small or large scale even when in drought enabling them to eat from food, reducing the likelihood of malnutrition. In terms of use in an urban environment, it could be used for small scale plant growing to create a more self sufficient community or used to harvest rainwater as a source of drinking water.

WHO BENEFITS?

Air Drop would particularly benefit people on a local urban slum community scale in areas that either rely on growing their own food as a source of income or suffer from a shortage of rainfall. It is easy to implement as the simplicity of the device makes it cheap and it is easy to install; overall, this makes it widely accessible to many communities.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The invention of Air Drop, which was created by Edward Linacre, takes into account the context of urban slums because in order to improve their livelihoods we cannot simply knock it down and rebuild it better than before. It is about small changes that not only help but aim to allow people to learn and therefore continue the process y themselves and therefore make them more self-sufficient. The idea connects very well with charities such as water aid who aim to provide water for people who no access to clean, drinking water.

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EXPERTISE

  • I do not have experience working in a sector related to my idea

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • This idea is meant to inspire - I hope someone else takes it on!

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am George Goodfellow and I am 15 years old and I live in rural Dorset, Southwest England. I am very keen about design and enjoy developing or contributing ideas and solutions to a range of problems.

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Hi George, interesting post! Any chance you could find an image to go along with it? Images help grab attention and tell a story with higher impact. You should be able to use the Edit Contribution button on the top of your post and follow the instructions to add images from there. Looking forward to seeing more of your inspiring insights on OpenIDEO.