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 and the UN Environment, 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.
Each year, seven young people are selected from each region of the world to receive the prestigious award. Winners receive seed funding, intensive training, and tailored mentorship to help bring big environmental ideas to life. #YoungChamps are artists, scientists, economists, communicators, and entrepreneurs.
Being a #YoungChamp is more than an honorary title. The Award nurtures the next generation of environmental leaders and connects them to a community of passionate and committed colleagues and experts.
The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
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.
ATTENDANCE AT HIGH-LEVEL UN MEETINGS
ACCESS TO COVESTRO EXPERTS OFFERING INSIGHTS AND MENTORING
GLOBAL PUBLICITY AND RECOGNITION
AWARD PRESENTED AT CHAMPIONS OF THE EARTH AWARD CEREMONY
Meet the Young Champions of the Earth
Fatemah Alzelzela, Kuwaiti
Lefteris Arapakis, Greece
Max Hidalgo Quinto, Peru
Niria Alicia Garcia, United States
Nzambi Matee, Kenya
Vidyut Mohan, India
Xiaoyuan Ren, China
2019 Young Champion of the Earth
Wildlife Protection through Community Based Natural Resource Management
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.
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.
I can confidently say that with the aid of CoalitionWILD, my project is now on course, impacting the community one step at a time.
2017 Young Champion of the Earth