An IPCC Working Group’s publication report was termed a ‘code red’ for humanity. The evidence of climate change and its effects worldwide is damning, but the Global South bears the largest brunt. Countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, in the Indian subcontinent, account for a significant chunk of the world’s population and biodiversity but face a sharp trade-off between other domestic goals and climate action. They are combating a myriad of multi-dimensional challenges caused by climate change, leaving them particularly vulnerable to the loss of life, habitat and livelihood.

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The region’s future success or failure lies in combating these stern challenges. However, actions essential to meet the global goals on climate are not only the prerogative of world leaders but of all stakeholders, most importantly, the youth. South Asia’s numerous aspirational youth must take the lead in shaping climate action and the public policy debate on climate change in the region. The co-implementers and funders of the program aim to launch the Climate Action Champions Network Program to build conversation among future climate champions about possible shared pathways for the countries of the region that combine strategic autonomy, sustainable urbanization, growth and livelihoods, and low-carbon transformations.

The Climate Action Champions Network aims to harness the potential of the youth in the region by bringing together 100 individuals from the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, for over 30 months to discuss and deliberate about creating a climate action vision for South Asia and the Indo-Pacific.

The objective of the program is to inspire the South Asian young leaders to champion an ambitious climate action agenda in their respective countries and in the wider Indo-Pacific region using an in-depth thematic understanding of climate change mitigation and adaptation. The selected climate champions should be actively engaged in and advocating for climate action and creating a network of individuals/organizations that works toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. A collaborative framework for a cohesive vision of climate action can help in shaping national and regional policies and in bringing about innovative youth-led solutions.

Benefits

  • The Climate Action Champions Network will include a few surveys, virtual and in-person sessions, and a group project with a small grant for the teams with the best ideas.

Eligibilities

  • The candidate must be between the ages of 18 and 35
  • The candidate must be motivated to further the cause of climate action.
  • The candidate must possess good analytical skills
  • The candidate must demonstrate leadership abilities
  • The candidate must be an innovative thinker
  • 50% of the final cohort members will be United States Government Program, the alumni
  • 50% of the final cohort members will be women
  • Must be willing to travel internationally
Eligible Regions: India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan,

Application Process

  • Applications submitted after the application deadline will not be considered.
  • Please have the following information ready before filling out the application form:-1. Personal, Education and Employment Details
    2. Curriculum Vitae (Max 2-3 Pages):
    3. Statement of Motivation – What is your interest and motivation to further the cause of climate action? Briefly describe why you think you are a good fit for the program. (Limit: 500 words)
    4. Innovativeness – List any relevant innovation you have spearheaded. Examples include awards/certificates recognizing innovative products and services, publications, ideas converted to projects, patents, social media campaigns, and information campaigns. (Limit: 250 words)
    5. Soft skills – Describe a situation where you have exhibited any of the following skills: Critical thinking, problem-solving, and/or teamwork. (Limit: 250 words)
    6. Analytical skills – Describe any key initiative in which you have participated that addresses climate change (mitigation and/or adaptation) in areas such as ecology, green transitions, climate change and sustainability, climate governance, climate finance, or any other area. (Limit: 250 words)
    7. Leadership skills – List any assignments, projects, or campaigns for which you have led a team. Point out any instances where you displayed exemplary leadership

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Application Deadline: July 15, 2022

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