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Applications for the Young Champions of the Earth awards are now open!

If you have a bright vision for the future of our planet, you can become a Young Champion of the Earth! The Young Champions of the Earth is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. UNEP is looking for groundbreaking changemakers, who see opportunity where others see crisis.

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Young Champions of the Earth is the flagship youth engagement initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The award is bestowed annually to ambitious young people from around the world with outstanding ideas to protect and restore the environment.


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In 2024, Young Champions of the Earth will be selected, one from each global region: Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia and two from Asia and the Pacific. The 2024 Young Champions of the Earth will be required to share their journeys through videos and blogs on this website for up to one year. If you have at least 6 months experience working on a big idea to protect or restore the environment and will be aged between 18 and 30 on 31 December 2024, you are eligible to apply.

UNEP operates in six regions:  Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, and West Asia. Your country of residence determines the world region in which you compete for the prize. More than just an honorary title, the 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 mentoring and skill-building opportunities and to a community of like-minded entrepreneurs and experts.

In the first stage of the selection process, all applications will be judged by United Nations experts according to the following criteria:

  • The 3 Ps – The positive impact your big idea could have on the environment (planet), society (people) and its financial viability (prosperity).
  • The 3 Cs – Evidence that you are a curious, courageous and colourful individual.
  • Demonstrated commitment – It is important that you have already attempted to implement your big idea for at least six months and can outline achievements and developments to date.
  • Endorsement – The strength of your referee’s recommendation.




Each winner will receive:

  • Mentorship, capacity building workshops and access to a UN community of experts
  • An introduction to dignitaries at the Young Champions of the Earth award ceremony
  • Publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media
  • US$20,000 in seed-funding
  • As a Young Champion of the Earth, you will be required to travel internationally to attend the Champions of the Earth award ceremony, an entrepreneurship boot camp and educational tours. The precise dates and venues will be announced during the programme. All travel expenses will be covered by UNEP.


  • To be eligible to enter the Young Champions of the Earth competition (hereafter referred to as “the Competition”), applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 30.
  • Additionally, each applicant must have at least six months of prior experience working on their environmental project.
  • Individuals who submitted applications in previous cycles of the Competition are entitled to do so again. However, only one entry is allowed per person per year.
  • Employees of CoalitionWILD, any other Competition partners, the United Nations Environment Programme (hereafter referred to as “UNEP”) and the immediate family members of such employees are not eligible to participate in the Competition, either as applicants or as sponsors.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Visit the Apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.
  • Sign Up and log in to your account.
  • Complete your application form as instructed.

Application Deadline: April 5, 2024

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