Kelsey Juliana, a high school student from Oregon, has been in the news of late for her fight to protect natural resources from the effects of global warming. Climate change, as it turns out, is one of the five most likely risks threatening our world economy in 2014, according to a World Economic Forum report released the week of January 13, 2014, the same week Juliana brought her case in front of the Oregon Court of Appeals. The risks report set the stage for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, that began January 22.

The Greatest Risks Facing Our World Economy

As Earth Day approaches on April 22, KWHS calls on guest writer Rebecca Unger, a high school senior from Massachusetts, to explore the environmental justice movement. Says Unger: “Environmental justice is significant for adolescents, educators and aspiring businesspeople alike. A good entrepreneur needs to consider the practical implications of how systemized inequality affects the market; a good citizen needs to consider the moral implications of failing to challenge that inequality.”

Breaking Down Community Barriers: The Fight for Environmental Justice

The business of sustainability – meeting the needs of the present without compromising resources for future generations -- is growing among companies with a social conscience. Guayakí, which makes and sells Yerba Mate beverages, is an example of a company that has built its entire business model on practices that drive environmental and social change. Its main goal: to get you, as the consumer, to support sustainability with your dollars.

Restoring the Rainforest: Guayakí Brews Environmental and Social Change

In 2012, student entrepreneur Ryan Marschang and some of his classmates launched Invisergy, a developer of solar technology building materials. While the technology showed great potential, building owners weren’t quite ready for the high-tech product, and its founders dissolved the business in December. Marschang sat down with KWHS Editor Diana Drake to discuss his passion for energy and how it feels to close the doors on a new business.

Solar Eclipse: What Happens when Your Startup Fails?

What stands 300 feet high, weighs more than 1,000 tons and has rotor blades that reach more than 250 feet in diameter? Chances are you’ve seen one, but never really thought much about it. Wind turbines are perhaps the most towering evidence of a growing manufacturing sector in the U.S. – the production of wind energy. KWHS goes down to the farm – the wind farm, that is – to check out the moving parts of this promising new industry.

‘Larger than Life’: Wind Farms and America’s Energy Future