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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."
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.
She wants to make this product available to those who do not have access to electricity in their daily lives. She got the idea for the device when she visited relatives in India and experienced long power outages. Today, 1.2 billion people lack access to electricity, Maanasa wants to change that.
Further information: The device is called HARVEST. It's an energy converter that uses the effect of the wind, rainfall and the sun in a simple leaf-shaped design. When the blade is bent by wind and precipitation or exposed to sunlight, it produces an electrical charge. Maanasa has made several prototypes that function both as temporary sources of energy in emergencies but can also be permanently mounted on buildings, bridges or fences. The gadget is made from recycled components such as plastic bottles and foil. Maanasa is collaborating with the University of Cincinnati, has spoken on TEDxVienna, been nominated by Forbes' for their 30 under 30 Energy List, and has won several competitions worldwide.
The jury's motivation: Working out how electricity can be made available to all, at only 15 years of age, requires a certain amount of brilliance, and Maanasa has got plenty of it! She has created Harvest, a product that costs less than $ 5 to manufacture and which generates renewable energy from the sun, wind and water. A smart and easy design available to all, with the potential to change the lives of many millions of people worldwide!
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.
Therefore, this group of young adults are taking the Colombian government to trial to force them to stop the destruction of the Amazon and to protect the rights of future generations.
Further information: The Colombian Supreme Court has, so far, decided on behalf of the group and urged the Colombian government to draw up a short, medium and long-term action plan to combat deforestation in the Amazon region and to create a sustainable plan for the area in consultation with the children and adolescents. This has increased public awareness of the relationship between the forest and climate change. People have also been able to support the youth's initiative on change.org with the campaign: "Let's stop deforestation completely in the Colombian Amazon," which received over 32,261 signatures.
The jury's motivation: With impressive knowledge and motivation to press for change and for getting organized, 25 Voices in Colombia succeeded in a seemingly impossible mission to counteract the wreckage of the Amazon. By using the judiciary and existing legislation, they have, both intelligently and admirably, managed to protect the rainforests and with it their own future.
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.
Composting and recycling is relatively new to Ukraine and has only been done, small scale, in the countryside earlier. Thanks to the project, children in schools now learn to sort and compost waste.
Further information: The children started Compola, an initiative that manages waste and garbage for composting and recycling. Together with Ukraine's Eco-Ministry and the Ministry for Education, Nikita and Sofia-Khrystyna started a composting competition, getting 200 schools to start composting food waste. The plan is to eventually have all of Ukraine's 17 500 schools sorting and composting.
The jury's motivation: Composting and recycling haven't been widely spread in Ukraine, and it takes courage and persistence to launch projects from the ground, both of which Nikita and Sofia-Khrystyna are equipped with. Thanks to project Compola, children in Ukrainian schools now learn to sort and compost waste. Identifying a problem and doing something about it, going from words to actions, is exactly what Nikita and Sofia-Khrystyna have done!
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.
This way, kids learn to care about the environment whilst at the same time learning about the value of money. In addition, they can also buy goods from the bank. The children can get microcredit and José Adolfo teaches them to invest. This gives them financial opportunities that they would never otherwise have, an economic independence where they are not dependent on others (e.g. parents) and a system where expending equals a loan that is paid back with recycling and climate awareness.
Further information: José's eco-bank, together with his partners, transforms recycling and environmental awareness into a currency that children can use to buy products at the bank or exchange into real money. The children can start their own bank accounts where they deposit their collected waste which they can use to save and eventually withdraw money. They can also borrow money and then pay with collected waste. Today there are 10 education centres with over 3000 actively engaged children and adolescents. The bank has attracted attention worldwide and José has received several environmental prizes. The bank holds the certificate: "Social Technology" since 2017, granted by the Bank of Brazil and the World Bank.
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.
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.
Striking next to the House of Parliaments in Stockholm, she raised public awareness about climate change. Her protest action has been mentioned internationally by, among others, The Guardian and the BBC. Her initiative has continued after the election with #FridaysForFuture, which led to climate strikes in several places around Sweden, the Nordic regions, Europe and Australia.
Further information: Greta has shown more determination, dedication and strength in combating climate change and working for the future of humanity than most adults or politicians do. Following the Swedish election, Greta has also started the initiative #FridaysForFuture, which several young people around Europe have embarked on. Young people strike outside their respective parliaments until the nations are in line with the Paris agreement COP21. Greta's initiative has been featured in publications around the world and has inspired young people all over the world to do the same.
The jury's motivation: With her strike for the environment, Greta has shown more determination, dedication and strength in combating climate change and working for the future of humanity than most adults or politicians ever do. Greta's protest has inspired both children and adults around the world and has spread to become an international movement, gathered under the hashtag #FridaysForFuture.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
21/05/18 We are now accepting award nominations for 2018! Contributions are submitted here on the Children’s Climate Prize website.
09/05/18 The award ceremony for the Children's Climate Prize 2018 will be held in Stockholm City Hall November 20! Read the press release here.
11/01/18 A few days into the new year we look back on an amazing year with many memories. We would like to thank all who made the Children's Climate Prize 2017 possible. We now look forward to an even better 2018!
13/11/17 We can now reveal that this year's winner is: Edgar Edmund Tarimo, for the creation of Green Venture Recycles! He is praised for his inventiveness in showing how plastic bags can be transformed into durable building blocks through a cheap and sustainable process. Congratulations to you! Edgar is coming to Sweden for the award ceremony 22th November.
07/11/17 Introducing the finalists of 2017! What does an inventor from Tanzania, a jewelry designer from Kenya and two UN speakers from Bali have in common? They have all found new smart ways to reduce the environmental impact of plastics. They are also among the finalists of the Children’s Climate Prize 2017. See all finalist videos and read the jury’s motivations below. Read our press release here.
26/10/17 It's official! Eric Saade, who has been the swedish Eurovision Song Contest representant, will be joining us at the award ceremony the 22 November. We are also proud to welcome the pop artist Mariette and moreover - the ceremony will be hosted by Farzad Farzaneh, a loved Swedish host of popular childrens radio and TV shows. Press release in Swedish.
16/10/17 Last year's winner, this year's honorary guest; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez is coming to Södertälje, Sweden for the Children’s Climate Prize 2017!
02/10/17 This year's jury meeting! Chairman of the jury, Johan Kuylenstierna, and the other jury members have now agreed on the finalists for 2017! All the finalists and the winner will be officially announced in November. Get the latest updates live in your feed - follow Children’s Climate Prize on facebook and instagram!
30/09/17 Nomination closed.
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.
Family, friends, teachers or other related parties can nominate a child or young person. You can also nominate yourself.
The Prize is awarded to a child or youth, between the age of 12-17 who has done something extraordinary for the climate and
environment. The prize can be awarded to an individual, group or organization.
The specially appointed jury nominates five finalists, one of whom is the winner. If you are chosen as one of this year's finalists, we will need to validate your nominated entry. Projects, inventions, gadgets or organizations must work as planned and have a directly positive impact on the climate and environment.
All nominated finalists will be invited to participate at the award ceremony in Stockholm, Sweden on November 20th.
The prize is international and we accept nominations from all over the world.
Have you or anyone you know done any of this:
It may be a new, ongoing or completed project/initiative with a clear environmental and climate connection. Nominate now!
You need to be able to travel to Stockholm/Sweden for the prize ceremony November 19-22th. Telge Energi will cover all travel expenses and accommodation in connection with this.
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
with Telge Energis 180 000 customers, the company actively engages in the transition to renewable and sustainable energy with the aim set for “2030 Agenda” and the Sustainable Development Goals set by the United Nations Development Programme. The company has positioned themselves as an independent alternative to the dominant players in the energy industry.
In partnership with the Swedish section of the World Wildlife Fund, the company invests in climate initiatives such as sustainable hydropower, solar powered schools and smart water treatment plants, in both Sweden and the world. The aim is to give people better conditions, a brighter future and a sustainable planet.
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
Swedish krona to the prize award. That way we raise the prize together and create awareness about the most important issue of our time.Together we create awareness about the great initiatives taken by young people regarding the climate and environment. Besides the prize money of minimum 50 000 SEK the winner receives a medal and a diploma.
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