Keen to get involved? Great, there is a lot we can do together. Whether you are a Scout or Student or University Professor, we have a range of activities we’d love your support in. For 2019, we will be undertaking the following work.
Youth and Education Alliance: The Alliance was launched in 2019 and replaces the Global University Partnership for Education and Sustainability. The purpose of the alliance is to work with both universities as well as partners in youth and non-formal education to build a programme of learning and action around environment and sustainability into the lives of young people. It already represents education institutions and partners that work with 10 million young people. Tongji University is the current global co-chair of the Alliance with a group of high-level advisers supporting the delivery of the work. Join the new Alliance which will be launched at the UN Environment Assembly in March 2019.
Tide Turners Plastic Badge: This year, we will be working with the Girl Guides, World Scout Movement, Junior Achievement and University Students on a new young leaders plastic challenge initiative. Supported by the UK government, we are seeking to create a new movement of young people across the world who will be committing to take action to reduce plastic waste in their lives, at schools and within the community. Find out more about the badge here.
Playing for the Planet: UN Environment will be working with the gaming industry to explore how through their massive reach, they can inspire young people to learn and act in support of the environment. The gaming industry reaches 1 in 3 people on the planet and as a platform, it has unprecedented influence. A new initiative will be launched at the Gaming Developers Conference in March 2019 that will explore how this sector can be harnessed to support the environmental education agenda.
International Green Gown Awards: UN Environment is supporting the Green Gown Awards which each year recognises exceptional sustainability initiatives being undertaken by the world's universities and colleges. For 2019, applications are open until March with the Award ceremony set to take place in New York in the summer.
Sulitest: UN Environment is a partner of the Sulitest which aims to measure and build sustainable literacy across the world. Already over 100,000 people have taken the test in over 800 universities and 60 countries.
Young Champions of the Earth: This is a forward-looking prize designed to breathe life into the ambitions of brilliant young environmentalists. It celebrates young people who have big idea to protect or restore the environment with a vision for a more sustainable future, and who have a strong track record of instigating change. They are unafraid of failure, believe in a bright future for our planet, and have what it takes to be a Young Champion of the Earth.