Climate change continues to be a grave concern for millions of people. So when President Joe Biden placed climate change as one of his administration’s top priorities, young people applauded. Next, he issued an Executive Order on Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. So, for all people concerned about the dangers of climate change, this was welcome news.
But this was especially true for young people. As an issue, young people are drawn to climate change in large numbers. Why? Because when they look into their futures, they see climate change as a real threat to their quality of life. Now, teams of youth 15 to 18 years old may apply for prizes of up to $10,000 to design and research climate change solutions using technology. The prize comes from the Preserving Planet Earth Climate Change Competition.
How the Preserving Planet Earth Climate Change Competition Works
This grant prize is available to U.S., Canada and international teams of one, two or three students. And, there are two climate change competition categories: providing low-cost solutions and providing high tech solutions. The Competition seeks not just cutting edge tech solutions but easily found and low-cost answers, too. The organizers see low-cost and widely accessible solutions as key to bringing wider participation in the global climate change fight. In addition, at least one student team member must speak fluent English, and the team supervisor must be at least 19 years of age.
Whether working on a high tech or low tech solution for the competition, all projects should do the following:
- Identify a specific problem that deals with an individuals impact, and explain the specific impacts on environmental conditions, human health and/or the economy.
- Research and describe the scale of the problem and the affected populations.
- Analyze the foundations and causes of the specific issue you chose. Investigate, understand in detail, and explain.
- Design a solution that uses clean technology to address your identified problem, and explain how it would help mitigate the negative impacts of such.
GrantWatch Knows That Today’s Youth Care About the Earth
A 2019 Amnesty International survey found 4 out of 10 young people view climate change as one of the most important issues facing the world. The Amnesty poll surveyed more than 10,000 people aged 18 to 25, in 22 countries across six continents. Each person picked up to five major issues from a list of 23. Of those, 41% selected climate change, making it the most commonly cited issue globally.
This is one reason we list 1,120 Environmental grants to promote environmentally sustainable workplaces, neighborhoods and schools. In addition, our Energy grants category lists grants to reduce energy use and improve energy efficiency. This category also includes grants to develop clean energy programs, and use technology to improve energy sustainability and conservation.
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