Young Champions of the Earth Award. UNEP opens applications

The UNEP Young Champions of the Earth Award is a visionary award that aims to make the most ambitious goals of young environmentalists a reality. The award is given annually to seven young people from around the world who have great ideas to protect and restore the environment.

The Young Champions of the Earth Award is awarded to people between 18 and 30 years old who have demonstrated exceptional potential in environmental protection.

UNEP is looking for seven young people to present innovative ideas and solutions to harness nature's potential to address three planetary crises: climate change, biodiversity and the loss of nature and contamination.

Those selected as Young Champions will receive public recognition, seed funding, training, personal mentoring, and connections to global change leaders.

Applications will be open from February 27 to April 5, 2024.

Nairobi, 27 February 2024 – Today, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched the call for nominations for the Young Champions of the Earth Award, to recognize the contributions of young people and their unique potential to lead. environmental conservation efforts.

This year, UNEP will select seven young people (aged 18 to 30) who will set an example of environmental commitment and lead nature protection and restoration projects to combat climate change, restore ecosystem services, ecology and the fight against pollution.

This year's Young Champions of the Earth Award is supported by the United Nations Decade for Ecosystem Restoration and the new Global Biodiversity Framework.

Selected UNEP Young Champions will receive $20.000 in seed funding, opportunities to attend high-level United Nations meetings, access to a community of global experts, and in-depth training and consulting, consulting with people to turn their big ideas into reality. . UNEP is looking for young entrepreneurs, scientists, economists, artists and advocates from all walks of life who have big, bold ideas about the environment, humanity and a sustainable future.

Young Champions of the Earth

To demonstrate commitment and viability of the project, the winner must actively implement their idea for at least six months.

"Young people who excel in business, science, the arts and activism need our support to ensure their recovery," said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.

"UNEP is looking for the most creative minds of this generation, from all fields and from all regions of the world, who are actively redefining our relationship with nature."

Previous UNEP Young Champions of the Earth award winners include: Ajani Costa, who developed a community model in one of the last wildlife centers in eastern Angola; Lefteris Arapakis from Greece, who trains, trains and encourages experienced and novice fishermen in the Mediterranean to collect plastic from the sea; and Eritai Kateibwi, whose Te Mau project aims to develop a low-impact hydroponic growing system to provide fresh crops to the people of Kiribati.

Children and young people are the most affected by the triple planetary crisis of climate change, the loss of biodiversity and pollution, as well as the increase in inequality and unemployment.

For young people to have a liveable planet in the future, they will need better access to finance, networks and alliances, as well as greater influence in shaping environmental policy.

The Young Champions of the Earth program is supported by Elephant17.org, the climate impact initiative founded by Chris Kemper.

Mr. Kemper is an advocate for partnerships with UNEP and is the President, Founder and CEO of Palmetto Clean Technology, which through its program aims to contribute to the gender education of young people to promote responsible management. environmental in all.

"If we are to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change, much of the world must take giant steps toward new technological and nature-based solutions and bold changes.
This bold and systematic nature requires an entrepreneurial spirit and the energy that new, entrepreneurial people bring," says Chris Kemper.

"I believe entrepreneurs demonstrate the drive, energy and passion needed to bring about the positive change needed in the world today. I'm excited to see the impact these new champions are having."

You can submit nominations for the UNEP Young Champions of the Earth award from February 27 to April 5 at 11:59 pm East Africa Time (EAT) on the UNEP website. Young Champions.