United Nations Environment Program today announced a list of regional finalists for the Young Champions of the Earth award. The global competition aims to identify, support and celebrate outstanding people between 18 and 30 years with great ideas to protect or restore the environment.
Of the more than 900 applicants, the best 35 in each region were selected for their new approach to face the most pressing environmental crises in the world, with innovative, scalable and innovative ideas.
From the protection of wildlife in eastern Angola to the distribution of electric vehicles with chain of distribution in Singapore and cleaning in Mexico, the finalists address a wide range of environmental challenges such as plastic and air pollution, restoration of reefs and the deterioration of the ecosystem.
"The talent and the caliber of the cutting-edge solutions presented by the Young Champions Award finalists is a true inspiration," said UN Environment interim executive director Joyce Msuya.
"Young people increasingly ask us to take bold measures on the climate to preserve our future, and the solutions presented by this group of young people provide us with innovative and ambitious plans that, when implemented around the world, constitute the kind of action fundraising we need to take on the ground
"We are committed to providing these young people with the support and opportunity to make their trip a success," he said.
Markus Steilemann, Executive Director of Covestro, the leading polymer manufacturer that sponsors the Young Champions of the Earth award, said:
"Our world faces enormous challenges, which is why we urgently need effective environmental solutions and fresh ideas, these brilliant young champions deserve our encouragement and support to help turn their ideas into viable solutions." We congratulate everyone for helping to make the world a brighter place. " . "
The winners will be selected by a global jury made up of the Executive Director of Covestro, Markus Steilemann, the Acting Executive Director of the UN for the Environment, Joyce Msuya, the VICE News correspondent Arightle Duhaime-Ross, UN Secretary General for Youth Jayathma Wickramanayake and Kathy Calvin, President and Executive Director of the United Nations Foundation.
Each winner receives US $ 15,000 in seed funds, expert tutoring, personalized leadership training, storytelling and communications, and access to powerful networks and mentors.
Brief biographies of the 35 regional finalists and summaries of their ideas, including video releases, are now available on the Young Champions website. The global jury will select the seven young champions in September during the awards ceremony at the gala dinner of the Champions of the Earth in New York.
About young champions of the earth
Young Champions of the Earth is an award for the future that celebrates young people with a great idea to protect or restore the environment, a vision for a more sustainable future and a solid history of instigating change. They have what it takes to be a Young Champion of Earth, they are not afraid of failure and believe in a bright future for our planet.
Covestro is a world leader in polymer solutions. The company manufactures high-tech polymeric materials and develops innovative products used in many areas of daily life, catering to the automotive industry, construction, wood and furniture processing, and electrical and electronic industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics, health and the chemical industry. Covestro has 30 production centers around the world and employs more than 16,000 people.
By: Preeti Narula