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Winner 2018 - Cooperative eco-bank for kids - José Adolfo, 13 years, Arequipa, Peru Starta video

Cooperative eco-bank for kids - José Adolfo, 13 years, Arequipa, Peru

13-year-old José Adolfo from Peru is 2018's winner of the Children's Climate Prize. He is praised for his eco-bank initiative, which he started when he was only 7 years old and now runs with partners.

The jury's motivation:

"José's eco-bank is a brilliant way of linking economy and climate impact, both in thought and practice. Children can take micro loans, and pay, with items that are recyclable. The system clearly illustrates that the planet's common resources are limited and that we must be climate conscious and recycle the products that we no longer use. It creates awareness of consumption. This way caring about the environment becomes an investment. A system that gives children both economic independence and power to influence the climate. The potential impact is amazing."


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Device/Gadget - Harvest

Maanasa Medu, 15 years, Mason, USA

A few facts: Maanasa Mendu is 15 years old and comes from Mason, USA. She has developed a device that is capable of generating clean energy from sun, wind and rain. 

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Initiative - 25 Voices against Deforestation

25 young individuals aged 12-17, Colombia

A few facts: 25 young individuals aged 12-17 have filed a lawsuit against the Colombian government because it doesn't do enough to protect the rainforests of the Amazon. Deforestation is the largest source of greenhouse gases, which threatens the next generation's right to life and a healthy environment. 

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Project - Compola

Nikita and Sofia-Khrystyna, 13 years, Kiev, Ukraine

A few facts: Nikita Shulga and Sofia-Khrystyna are 13 years old from Kiev, Ukraine. They were upset by seeing the amount of food being wasted and started a composting project that takes care of the leftovers from the school's meals.

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Initiative - Cooperative eco-bank for kids

José Adolfo, 13 years, Arequipa, Peru

A few facts: José Adolfo is 13 years old and lives in Peru. When he was seven years old he founded an ecological bank where children can pay with items that can be recycled. For example, they can hand in old paper, and in return, José Adolfo gives them money. 

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Initiative – School Strike for the environment

Greta Thunberg 15 years, Stockholm, Sweden

A few facts: Three weeks before the Swedish elections in September, 15-year-old Greta Thunberg began a strike for the environment, in order to draw attention to the most important political issue concerning us all.

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Green carpet at Children's Climate Prize 2017 Starta video

It’s time to act on the most important issue of our time, to secure a livable planet for future generations. The human-induced global warming has been reality and truth for decades. To spotlight the climate issue from the perspective of the next generation, with the insight that the future at stake is theirs, the Swedish renewable energy company Telge Energi launched the Children’s Climate Prize.

The winner receives a prize award of 50 000 SEK to invest in, and scale climate projects. This year, in order to raise the bar, Telge Energi adds 10 extra Swedish krona (SEK) to the award for each person who supports the initiative.

Award Ceremony

This year the venue for the festivities, where the finalists and winners will take center stage, will be at the very best Sweden has to offer; Stockholm City Hall. It's one of Sweden's most renowned buildings and the capital's most exclusive venue, famous for hosting the Nobel banquet every year. On November 20th, the Children's Climate Prize enters Stockholm City Hall.

Children’s Climate Talks

At the very popular Children's Climate Talks the finalists are given time to meet, network, present their projects in-depth and participate in talks with influential environmental profiles. It will take place at Södertälje City Hall on November 21st, the day after the award ceremony. The Children’s Climate Talks has previously been held at Globala Gymnasiet in Stockholm.


Edgar Edmund, Children's Climate Prize winner of 2017

Edgar Edmund 2017

After seeing how plastic contributed to environmental issues locally in his own community Edgar Edmund was inspired to solve the problem on his own. He built a machine that converts plastic waste to durable building blocks, roof tiles and other useful products. Today Edgar runs his own company, Green Venture Recycles, which turns plastic waste into clever and affordable building materials. He has recycled more than 1.2 million plastic bags, in total over 20 000 kilograms (44 000 pounds) of plastic, which otherwise would have ended up in nature. He has also employed over a hundred people and educated more than 4000 students through environmental campaigns at schools all over Arusha, Tanzania.

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez Children's Climate Prize winner of 2016

Xiuhtezcatl Martinez 2016

Xiuhtezcatl has made his voice heard on some of the world's most influential stages including the United Nations Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Rio +20, and he has also spoken before the United Nations General Assembly in New York. He is the director of Earth Guardians, a worldwide conservation organization consisting of young activists, artists and musicians trying to make a difference, working together to battle climate change and other important issues that will determine the future. Xiuhtezcatl is one of 21 plaintiffs suing the federal government and the Trump administration for failing to act on climate change. 


Winner 2018 - Cooperative eco-bank for kids - José Adolfo, 13 years, Arequipa, Peru Starta video

12/11/18 The winner of Children's Climate Prize 2018 is José Adolfo, Peru! "Eco-bank initiative wins the Children's Climate Prize 2018". Read more.

01/11/18 We proudly present the finalists 2018! Read the press release.

30/10/18 Yes it's true! We are going 100% vegan. Read the press release.

04/10/18 Jury Meeting in Stockholm City Hall. Read the press release here.

30/09/18 Nominations closed for 2018.

20/06/18 We now present 2018’s Children's Climate Prize jury who has the honorable and hard task of appointing five finalists, of which one will be the winner! Read the press release here.

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    Nominations for 2018 are closed. A nomination can be anything from a project or initiative to an invention or physical machine. The prize will be awarded to an individual, a group or an organization and we accept nominations from all over the world. Anyone can nominate their climate hero.

    Nominations for 2018 have been open between April 23 and September 30th.

    Who can nominate?

    Family, friends, teachers or other related parties can nominate a child or young person. You can also nominate yourself.

    Who can win?

    The Prize is awarded to a child or youth, between the age of 12-17 who has done something extraordinary for the climate and 

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    Criteria for participation?

    The prize is international and we accept nominations from all over the world.
    Have you or anyone you know done any of this:

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    Johan Kuylenstierna, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Johan Kuylenstierna

    Vice Chair Swedish Climate Policy Council & adjunct professor, Stockholm University.

    Doreen Månsson, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Doreen Månsson

    TV personality, engaged in environmental and social causes

    Micael Dalén, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Micael Dahlén

    Writer and professor at Stockholm School of Economics

    Zeinab Ismail Adem, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Zeinab Ismail Adem

    WWF Sweden Youth

    Luca Berarde, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Luca Berardi

    Finalist 2016 and recipient of Lunds environmental award 2018

    Katarina Mohlin, Children's Climate Prize Jury 2018

    Katarina Mohlin

    Board member of Telge Energi

    Jury 2018 Children's Climate Prize initiated by Telge Energi

    Monica Eidenberg

    appointed representative of Telge Energi

    About Telge Energi

    The Children’s Climate Prize was initiated in 2016 by Swedish renewable energy company Telge Energi. The award was initiated with the purpose to inspire and give the world's young people a platform and opportunities to drive change in the world.

    It is an international award given to a child or youth who has done something extraordinary for the climate and the environment. Together

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    The 10 SEK support action

    Telge Energi have realized that with a platform like the Children's Climate Prize, young people’s involvement in, and driving force for, making a difference can be accelerated. This position should be used to create positive change in society, and Telge Energi want to empower young people to engage in environmental issues and climate issues by setting an example. Therefore, this year, Telge Energi launched the 10 SEK support action. For each support action, the company adds 10 extra 

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    Children's Climate Prize initied by Telge Energi