NOW OPEN: UN Young Champions of the Earth – 2020 call for applications

Be the next “Young Champions of the Earth” – Invent the future

Are you a change-maker, rain-maker, ground-breaker? Do you see opportunity, where others see crisis? Do you want to change the world? Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact. 

Lead a new wave

Global warming is forcing our societies, our economies and our world to change. Our ways of doing business; careers and job opportunities need to change too. 

With this change comes unprecedented opportunity to take action. For brave entrepreneurs and trend-setting role-models to carve their place in a new and greener economy; to pioneer revolutionary technology and radical innovations – to lead a new wave of green careers.

We’re searching for you!

In 2020, seven young people – selected from every global region – will be named Young Champions of the Earth. These winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to bring their big environmental ideas to life. We’re looking for the artists, scientists, economists, communicators and entrepreneurs from all walks of life with big, bold ideas— for the environment, for humanity, for a greener future. 

Whose big idea will change the world? 

Following an open call for applications, shortlisted finalists from every region will be selected. A Global Jury will then choose seven 2020 winners. Each winner is expected to implement their big idea and keep us updated on their progress by producing videos and blogs that we will share on our website. Winners will also be given funding to support their communication efforts throughout the year, so that they can produce high-quality materials to share with our audiences.

Download the Young Champions Information Brochure

What do the Young Champions receive?

The Prize

In 2020, seven Young Champions of the Earth will be selected from each global region: one from each of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive the following: 

  • US$15,000 in seed funding;
  • US$9,000 in funding to communicate and capture your idea and document and broadcast the stories of hope and change that you’re catalyzing on the ground.
  • Attendance at a high-level UN meeting;
  • An introduction to dignitaries at the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony;
  • Publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media;
  • Access to a community of Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring; and
  • Participation in an entrepreneurial training program.

The 2020 Young Champions will be required to share their journeys through blogs and vlogs posted on this website for a period of up to one year.

The community

More than just an honorary title, Young Champions of the Earth Prize aims to nurture the next generation of environmental leaders. Applicants who demonstrate a strong willingness to learn will be granted access to mentorship and skills building opportunities and access to a community of likeminded entrepreneurs and experts.

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Are you ready to take action?

If you have a bright vision for the future of our planet, perhaps you could become a Young Champion of the Earth!



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