Christiana Figueres launches contest for climate entrepreneurs: UN's Momentum for Change
- 08 April 2014
LONDON: The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has launched an international competition, Momentum for Change, which aims to highlight the potential for ordinary individuals to tackle climate change.
The initiative is set to re-energize debate on climate by recognizing and promoting the actions of cities, businesses, communities and governments who are actively working towards a low carbon future, with the most impressive projects honored as 2014 Lighthouse Activities.
UNFCCC notes that Lighthouse Activities are concrete actions that address climate change which are practical, scalable and replicable.
It is hoped these solutions will provide templates for carbon abatement which can then be developed and expanded for different settings and sectors.
The 2014 Lighthouse Activities will focus on four specific types of climate action:
- action by and for the urban poor
- action fostering women’s leadership and empowerment
- action that is financing climate friendly investment
- action using ICT solutions.
Although there is no financial remuneration for winners, the competition will increase exposure of applicants by publicizing the activity nationally, regionally and internationally. The UNFCCC will also bring successful entrants to the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru where they will be acknowledged in a high-level ceremony.
Senior government and UN officials, as well as representatives from leading financial and developmental organizations will also be present. The UNFCCC has committed to assisting all 2014 Lighthouse Activity organizers with access to relevant funders, policymakers and businesses.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres, commented: “We will still shine a light on small, entrepreneurial solutions that are changing communities, as well as large initiatives that are transforming cities, businesses and governments. But we’re also looking to highlight initiatives with a bigger impact than ever before. Effectively addressing climate change requires action from all levels of society and from every sector, with efforts that are both small and large.”
Applications opened on March 31 and will close on May 23. Click here for more information.
Watch the below video for further insight into the initiative:
By Alana Ryan