If you've been following my blog you'll have noticed that it's been a big year for bright, young ingenues working to create solutions for some of our planet's biggest problems -- from plastic-eating microbes to insulation made from mushrooms.

Now the BC-sponsored video contest Invent the Future is looking for the next great eco-friendly solution and they have an open call to kids 14-24 to submit a video or essay explaining their idea. The winners will receive a $2,500 prize.

A bunch of the videos are just plain goofy, but there are some good ideas like a mini hydro-electric turbine for storm drains or this rain-supplied toilet:

To be eligible you have to be a resident of British Columbia, so let's hope some U.S. energy companies latch on to this bright marketing idea and encourage a fresh look at ways to conserve our natural resources.