Why These Teens Built a No-code App to Tackle Climate Change, Locally

Ask a young person what needs fixing, and their answers will range from global to close to home. In Amehja Williams’ case, it was both: The 17-year-old North Philadelphia resident was concerned about seeing the large amount of litter in her neighborhood and the effect it may have on climate change.

The environment is also a top priority for Paola Mendizabal, 18, who hails from Woodbridge, Virginia.

“It was important for us to pick something surrounding the environment,” she said of the technical project the two collaborated on alongside three other girls from the mid-Atlantic. Referencing University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s environmental report card, she added, “Chesapeake Bay’s rating has become really low in my area, and I see the effects firsthand.”