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Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award 2020

For the fifth year running, Global Young Leaders is teaming up with Mary Robinson to support young leaders behind innovative and impactful climate justice initiatives that are preserving the earth for future generations.

The impact of climate change is not a distant threat, its effects are being felt right now by millions around the world in the form of rising sea levels, extreme weather systems and devastating droughts. The sorry truth is that those most affected by climate change are those who are least responsible for its causes and least well equipped to withstand its effects. A person living in the US creates 118 times more carbon dioxide emissions than a person living in Nauru but this small Pacific island is one of the nations at risk of disappearing due to rising sea levels. The situation might sound gloomy but the good news is that there are hundreds of thousands of people and organisations working to tackle climate change and address the global imbalance it is creating. This is the climate justice movement and Global Young Leaders is proud to be a part of it through the Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award.

About the Award

The Mary Robinson Climate Justice Award was created by Global Young Leaders to recognise and support young leaders behind impactful climate justice initiatives that are preserving the earth for future generations. The award seeks to:
Identify three young leaders at the forefront of impactful climate justice initiatives.
Raise awareness of and celebrate their initiatives.
Directly support their initiatives with grants of up to £4,000.

Award Winners will receive

Access to the Global Young Leaders Summit 2021 in Munich
Hotel accommodation between 10 - 15 October 2021
The cost of travel to and from Munich
Catering which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner
£4,000 grant funding from One Young World to support their climate justice projects
Participation in an exclusive mentorship session with Mary Robinson during the Summit

Elegibility Criteria

Candidates must be:
Aged 18 - 30* at the time of the Global Young Leaders Summit 2021.
Nationals of all countries are eligible to apply for this scholarship
Occupy a senior leadership role in a legally registered organisation which undertakes projects related to climate justice.
Projects must directly address sustainable development/or climate change with a particular emphasis on balancing the needs of future generations - this could be through financing, frontline services, advocacy, education, communication, legal/policy change or business solution.
Projects should be clearly associated with one or more of the seven principles of climate justice: 

Respect and protect human rights
Support the right to development
Share benefits and burdens equitably
Ensure that decisions on climate change are participatory, transparent and accountable
Highlight gender equality and equity
Harness the transformative power of education for climate stewardship
Use effective partnerships to secure climate justice


Global Young Leaders will assess candidates based on their:
Ambition – how impactful the project is in balancing needs of present and future generations.
Relevance – the project is grounded in climate justice.
Community value – the project applies to a community/communities / stakeholder group who are directly impacted by climate change or will be more adversely impacted in the future.

Application Timeline

Submit an online application via the link below before May 2021.
A shortlist of candidates will be contacted in June 2021.

.*Most delegates are between the age of 18 and 30. The Global Young Leaders team will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage. We are not able to accept applications from those who will be aged under 18 at the time of the Summit.

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