Young Champions of the Earth
You want to change the world. We’re here to help.
Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists.
A partnership between CoalitionWILD, UN Environment, and Covestro, Young Champions of the Earth (#YoungChamps) aims to celebrate and support individuals between the ages of 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create positive environmental impact. Along with receiving the prestigious award, winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help bring big environmental ideas to life.
Meet the 2019 Young Champions of the Earth
Omar Itani, Lebanon
FabricAID collects, sorts, and redistributes clothes to disadvantaged communities at micro-prices (ranging from 0.3$ to a maximum of 2$). Our goal is to deliver good quality clothing into the hands of people who need them, while also reducing fabric waste.
Anna Luisa Beserra, Brazil
Aqualuz is an innovative filter which purifies rainwater collected in a cistern installed in rural areas where running water is not accessible, a situation which affects more than a million people in Brazil. The water in the cistern is purified using rays from the sun. An indicator changes color when the water is safe to drink.
Adjany Costa, Angola
Protecting the Okavango Delta
As communities return to the land, protecting the Miombo woodland which traps water and nurtures rich biodiversity is critical to protect environmental degradation. Adjany’s solution is to work with the Luchaze community in the Eastern Angolan highlands, threatened by unsustainable livelihood practices following the country’s three-decade-long civil war which ended in 2002, as well as clearing of Miombo woodland once landmines are removed to repossess and protect the eco-system.
Plant The Forest
Russia is home to 19% of the world’s forest reserves by surface area. Russian forests sequester an estimated 300 and 600 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually. But record wild fires threaten critical biodiversity and global carbon sequestration potential. Marianna’s solution, developed with partners from Expo Live Dubai, is a game combining virtual reality with restoration efforts on the ground. As players have been growing their virtual forest, they have, in parallel, restored 400,000 trees in 17 regions of Russia to date.
GoodLands is mobilizing the Catholic Church to use her land for good. We provide the information and tools to help the Church use her property wisely to enhance all her existing ministries and missions — to care for creation, to end homelessness, to welcome the stranger, to deliver programs and services to the right places and at the right times, and to support her own fiscal sustainability.
Louise Mabulo, Philippines
The Cacao Project
The Cacao Project, has trained over 200 farmers in agroforestry techniques in the Philippines, planting more than 70,000 trees across 70 hectares of land and restoring land devastated during Typhoon Ngoc Ten of 2016. She has also established a Culinary Lounge to source high-value ingredients from local farmers and encourage home-grown food.
Sonika Manandhar, Nepal
Green Energy Mobility (GEM)
Green Energy Mobility, aims to make public transportation, specifically electric minibuses in Nepal known as Safa tempos, a quality alternative to private vehicles to combat climate change. Since Safa tempos are well-known for being women-owned, her work embraces female empowerment by providing drivers with access to loans and women as customers with a method of clean and safe transport after 8 p.m. when most public transport in Kathmandu ends.
“Because of CoalitionWILD and the Young Champions of the Earth, my project, Nativus, has gained credibility locally where industry and policymakers are starting to acknowledge the importance of generating green spaces in the city.”
2017 Young Champion of the Earth
“It also has helped me to share my idea internationally and get in contact with more people and projects – joining forces to keep learning and shaping this work. This has been an amazing opportunity that keeps opening doors to create a positive impact in the world.”
UN Environment’s work includes assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment.
UN Environment’s mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
The “People, Planet, Prosperity” principle is one of the pillars of Covestro’s approach to sustainable development. The company strives to mitigate the negative impact of its actions on the environment, advance society and at the same time create value. This is the basis of the company’s vision “To make the world a brighter place” and its commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.