UN Environment Program Launches Global Search for Young Environmental Champions in 2024

In a bid to recognize and empower young environmental activists, the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) announces the commencement of the 2024 edition of Young Champions of the Earth.

This flagship youth engagement initiative aims to honor ambitious individuals worldwide who harbor groundbreaking ideas to safeguard and restore the environment.

The focus is on addressing the triple planetary crisis encompassing climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution and waste.

Global Opportunity for Environmental Action: UN’s Prestigious Award

The 2024 Young Champions of the Earth initiative will select outstanding individuals from various global regions, including Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific.

The initiative seeks young changemakers with innovative solutions showcasing nature’s potential in addressing pressing environmental challenges.

Eligibility Criteria and Recognition: Open Call for Young Environmental Innovators

Applicants, aged between 18 and 30 as of December 31, 2024, are invited to apply. Each applicant should demonstrate at least six months of prior experience working on significant environmental initiatives.

The benefits for the winners include mentorship, capacity-building workshops, access to a UN community of experts, introduction to dignitaries at the award ceremony, global publicity and recognition through interviews and media, along with US$20,000 in seed funding.

Empowering Environmental Visionaries: Application Process and Timeline

The application process requires candidates to share their environmental journeys through videos and blogs on the official website for up to one year.

Applications for the 2024 Young Champions of the Earth will close on April 5, 2024, at 23:59 EAT (Nairobi, Kenya).

The initiative encourages young environmental enthusiasts to apply and contribute to the global efforts toward environmental sustainability.

Deadline for Submissions: April 5, 2024 – Apply Now

As the global community grapples with environmental challenges, the UN’s Young Champions of the Earth initiative stands as a beacon, providing a platform for young individuals to make a meaningful impact.

Interested applicants are urged to submit their proposals before the deadline on April 5, 2024, for a chance to become part of this transformative initiative.

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