Monash Students’ Three-pronged Approach to Saving the Planet

There’s no single perfect climate change solution — it will take a variety of options working in tandem. With that multi-pronged approach in mind, young adults from Monash University in Australia formed Monash Carbon Capture and Conversion (MC³) to develop new technologies that can help to save the planet.

These Gen Z students’ green initiative uses a three-part plan to counteract the climate crisis. Microalgae is used to capture carbon dioxide and grow at a rapid rate. Once the microalgae absorb as much CO₂ as possible, it is dried and turned into biochar, a that can store carbon for a century or more and help crops grow when mixed with soil.

Forestry is the second component. By using a combination of biochar and soil, MC³ hopes to increase the amount of carbon captured by their crops, bamboo and trees and get them to grow faster, thereby photosynthesizing more and faster. For Phase 3, MC³ is using direct air capture technology to create a more environmentally friendly plastic that can be used in consumer goods to lower overall emissions and carbon footprints.

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Writer | Director | Editor | Cinematographer: Benj Binks
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