“Young Champions of the Earth” will be awarded for environmental solutions.
The United Nations Environment Programme has launched “Young Champions of the Earth”, a new initiative that aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 with outstanding ideas to save the environment.
The initiative is sponsored by Covestro, one of the world’s leading polymer companies and a strong proponent of innovation for environmental sustainability.
According to the company, this programme provides a unique global platform for young people to showcase innovative thinking and positive contributions to the health of the planet. The initiative aims to balance negative discourse on the environment and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.
- Competition for environmental solutions from young people aged 18-30
- Six winners will receive $15,000 each in seed funding and intensive mentoring to help bring their big ideas to life
- Global platform for young people to showcase innovative projects to improve the health of the planet
Each year, six young people – one from each of the UN environment’s global regions – will be named “Young Champions of the Earth”. These winners will each receive US$15,000 in seed funding as well as intensive training and tailored mentoring to help bring their big environmental ideas to life.
“We are delighted to support UN Environment on this excellent initiative,” said Covestro CEO Patrick Thomas. “Sustainable thinking and acting is critical in preserving our planet and improving the safety and quality of millions of people. The company seeks to contribute to this goal with products and technologies that benefit society and reduce the impact on the environment. This is the basis of our vision, 'To make the world a brighter place – and the young are invited to participate – all who care for our future.”
UN Environment Executive Director Erik Solheim said: “As I’ve seen time and again, when young people are given opportunities and support, they can be powerful catalysts for change. It is our hope that this initiative will inspire thousands of young people around the world to develop innovative ways to tackle the environmental issues that matter to them.”
The winners will be selected by a global jury that includes both Solheim and Thomas. The winners will also be invited to attend the “Champions of the Earth” gala dinner, to be held in Nairobi in December 2017.
The application is now open (as of 22 April) and will close on 18 June 2017.