Know any young people campaigning for climate action? The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is holding a competition centered on change-making youth passionate about sustainability and the environment. Recent school strikes, proactive demonstrations, and awareness campaigns like the Youth Unstoppable movement have shown the power of youth to articulate the planet's dire situation and spur complacent leaders to take concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, minimize waste, and curb global warming. UNEP, with the support of green materials manufacturer Covestro, is looking to honor seven of the boldest young climate activists worldwide.
Called Young Champions of the Earth, the UNEP competition invites youth leaders from across the globe to submit personal narratives detailing how climate change has impacted their lives, what innovative steps they have taken in their communities to combat it, and what they would like to do next. The application period ends on March 31, and by the end of 2019, UNEP will name seven of the worthiest applicants Young Champions of the Earth. Winners will receive training and mentorship from veterans in international advocacy, be awarded funding to bolster and broaden their activities, and be invited to participate in a high-level international discussion on climate change.
(Images courtesy of the UNEP website.)