The United Nations Environment Program invites applications for its Young Champions of the Earth Prize 2019. The Young Champions of the Earth is a Prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.
Managed by UN Environment in partnership with Covestro, Young Champions is inspired by the long-running Champions of the Earth Award, which remains the UN’s highest environmental honour. It aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 with outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact.
About the Young Champions of the Earth Prize
Global warming is forcing our societies, our economies and our world to change. Our way of doing business; our careers and job opportunities need to change too. With this change comes unprecedented opportunity to take action. The UN has already shown the way through setting the 2016-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
If you have a big idea to protect or restore the environment, if you have a vision for a more sustainable future, if you have a strong record of instigating change, if you are unafraid of failure and if you believe in a bright future for our planet, then you might have what it takes to become a Young Champion of the Earth.
Seven Young Champions, selected from every global region, will be chosen and will receive seed funding, tailored mentorship, publicity and access to powerful networks. If you win, you will be expected to use this support to implement your big idea.
Winners will be asked to share their experiences and advocate for your environmental cause through videos and Blogs. Also, up to 50 of the most promising applicants will be granted privileged access to an expert community of mentors. They will offer insights on topics ranging from communications and business development to project planning and financial management.
How to Apply
If you have at least 6 months’ experience working on a big idea to protect or restore the environment and are aged between 18 and 30 on 31 December 2019, then you are eligible to apply.
Click here to enter the application portal on the Young Champions website, answer a few questions and upload a referee’s letter of endorsement. A referee is must be: (1) a senior staff person at a registered and reputable environmental or youth-based organization; (2) a university professor; or (3) a senior staff person at a business that has received third-party recognition of its sustainability efforts.
The deadline for submission is midnight GMT on 31 March 2019.