For the fourth year running One Young World is teaming up with Mary Robinson to support and award young leaders behind innovative and impactful climate justice initiatives that are preserving the earth for future generations.
The impact of climate change is not a distant threat, its effects are being felt right now by millions around the world in the form of rising sea levels, extreme weather systems, and devastating droughts. The sorry truth is that those most affected by climate change are those who are least responsible for its causes and least well equipped to withstand its effects. A person living in the US creates 118 times more carbon dioxide emissions than a person living in Nauru. But this small Pacific island is one of the nations at risk of disappearing due to rising sea levels.
The situation might sound gloomy but the good news is that there are hundreds of thousands of people and organizations working to tackle climate change and address the global imbalance it is creating. This is the climate justice movement and One Young World is proud to be a part of it.
The Mary Robinson Award rewards leaders who implement climate justice project within their community or organization. The winner of the award will receive:
To be eligible for the award, delegates must be between the age of 18 and 30 years. The One Young World team will consider applications from those who are older than 30. However, they should demonstrate appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage.
Moreover, the applicant’s project should directly address sustainable development and/or climate change with a particular emphasis on balancing the needs of present and future generations. This could be through financing, frontline services, advocacy, education, communication, legal/policy change or a business solution.
Further, the projects should be clearly associate one or more of the seven principles of climate justice. Additional assessment criteria for awarding the prize include the ambition of the project, its relevance, and the community value
Candidates may apply for the Mary Robinson Award by completing and submitting the online application form. Moreover, the candidates must apply for the award before the deadline.
The deadline to apply for the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award is 19 July 2019.