Young Champions of the Earth 2019

Are you a change-maker, rain-maker, ground-breaker? Do you see opportunity, where others see crisis? Do you want to change the world? Young Champions of the Earth aims to celebrate and support individuals aged between 18 and 30 who have outstanding potential to create a positive environmental impact. 


Who can apply

  • young people between the ages of 18 and 30 on 31 December 2019;
  • applicants must have at least 6 months of prior experience working on their environmental project.



Seven Young Champions of the Earth will be selected from each global region: one from each of Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America, West Asia, and two from Asia and the Pacific. Each winner will receive the following: 

  • $15,000 in seed funding;
  • $9,000 in funding to communicate and capture your idea and broadcast the stories of hope and change that you’re catalyzing on the ground. 
  • attendance at a high-level UN meeting;
  • an introduction to dignitaries at the Champions of the Earth Award Ceremony;
  • publicity and recognition through interviews and online and global media;
  • access to a community of Covestro experts offering insights and mentoring;
  • participation in an entrepreneurial training program.

The 2019 Young Champions will be required to share their journeys through blogs and vlogs posted on this website for a period of up to one year


How to apply

  • applicants need to fill in the online form;
  • each applicant will be required to submit responses to a series of questions and upload a referee’s letter of endorsement;
  • finalists will be short-listed by UN experts and requested to submit short videos pitching their big ideas.


Deadline: 31st March 2019.


Read more here.