How would you spend $1,000 to save the planet?

12 international environmental leaders tell us how they’d spend a grand to green the planet.

“Solar lanterns (about 1300 KES, or CDN$20) could very easily replace the kerosene lanterns used in almost every rural Kenyan household. The problem with these kerosene lanterns is that their flame is exposed, and quite often—especially when used by children—they fall and cause house fires. The open flame also releases unhealthy fumes. Replacing these lanterns with solar ones would reduce the accumulation of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Most people think we have to wait for the government to do big things, but a little thing can do so much for the planet.”

— Dr. Wangari Muta Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement