UN Environment is seeking inspired young problem-solvers with big, bold, ideas for the environment, for humanity, for a greener future. Does that sound like you? If you are between 18 and 30 years-old, applications are open!
Celebrating young people with a big idea to protect or restore the environment; a vision for a more sustainable future; and a strong track record of instigating change. They are unafraid of failure; believe in a bright future for our planet, and have what it takes to be a Young Champion of the Earth.
True! UN Environment and Covestro are calling on 18-30-year-old innovators to submit their creative solutions to the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact.
Applications for the Young Champions of the Earth prize is open now!
The UN is now searching for the next Young Champions of the Earth for 2019. Following an open call for applications, a global jury will select the seven 2019 winners.
Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep UN Environment and partners updated on their progress by producing vlogs and blogs.
Interested environmentalists between the ages of 18 and 30 are encouraged to submit their big ideas here by midnight GMT on 31 March 2019.
- Timeline for Application & selection:
Timeline for Application & selection
In 2019, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth.
These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to bring their big environmental ideas to life.
UN are looking for the artists, scientists, economists, communicators and entrepreneurs from all walks of life with big, bold ideas - for the environment, for humanity, for a greener future.
Young Champions of the Earth
- Selection process:
The selection process has three rounds:
- The open call for applications will run until 31 March 2019. Each applicant will be required to submit responses to a series of questions and upload a referee’s letter of endorsement
- Finalists - drawn from every world region - will be short-listed by UN experts and requested to submit short videos pitching their big ideas.
- In the final stage, a Global Jury will review the World Finalists’ big ideas and choose seven Young Champions of the Earth. The winners will be publicly announced and invited to attend the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony.
Note: The winners will be expected to implement their big ideas and act as ambassadors of cause at speaking opportunities, while providing regular progress updates in the form of videos and blogs that will be shared on this website.
Following an open call for applications, UN experts will short-list World Finalists from every region.
A Global Jury will then select the seven 2019 winners. Each winner will be expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website.
In parallel, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of Covestro mentors. They will offer insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management. Read more here
Information Brochure 2019:
How to apply:
The question is: What are you doing about it? Now more than ever, those of us who care for the natural world must stand up and be counted. Whether you’re an activist, educator, innovator or artist, we need you to challenge the status quo and fight for the health of our planet and its people.
You can submit your application until 31 March 2019 via the application portal on this website.
You will need to identify a referee who can vouch for the viability of your idea and for you as an individual.
Once you submit your application, no further edits or changes will be possible. Read more here
Young Champions of the Earth
In 2019, seven Young Champions of the Earth will be selected from each global region: one from each of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive the following:
Each of seven winners in the 2019 program, the third year of the global competition, will receive $15,000 seed money to invest in their projects, invitations and funding to attend high-level UN meetings to share their ideas with the world, and training and mentorship.
You can find out more about the 2018 Regional Finalists. They offer an impressive array of scalable, innovative and potentially impactful solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Following the non-binding public poll which attracted tens of thousands of votes, a Global Jury will select seven Young Champions of the Earth who will be announced to the public in mid-September.
UN encourages everyone who wants to make a difference for our planet to see if they have what it takes to be a Young Champion of the Earth. Apply today!
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