Press release -
The Children's Climate Prize sums up 2020
For many, the past year has been special, characterized by a pandemic and social distancing.This is also the case for the Children's Climate Prize, which for the first time ever celebrated this year's winners in a digital broadcast. This was also a year with a record number of applications, which despite the gloomy situation shows that young people around the world are continuing to fight for the climate, no matter what!
2020 has been very eventful and successful in many ways. Highlights from this year are of course the winners of the Children's Climate Prize - Aadya Joshi and Vinisha Umashankar from India. The award also set a record in the number of applications, with nominations from all continents and from 26 different countries. Together, the nominees for the award have achieved real change for the climate.
Here is a selection of the fantastic work done by young people around the world:
- 500,000+ trees planted - Together, all the Children's Climate Prize entries have planted over half a million trees!
- At least 130,000 kg plastic recycled - Trash and beach cleaners all over the world who submitted contributions to us have jointly collected over 130 tons of plastic!
- Over 1.8 million signatures collected - Young people around the world make their voices heard for a sustainable world, together their contributions to us have collected over 1.8 million signatures for the climate!
The year 2020 also marked the fifth edition of the Children's Climate Prize, which for the first time became a digital experience with audiences from all over the world. One of the goals of the broadcast was to spread good news, an initiative still encouraged in social media, to make the last challenging month of the negatively charged 2020 overflow with good news. Large and small sustainability projects from young people around the world have been shared at #childrensclimateprize and @childrensclimateprize.
Now we're setting our sights on 2021, another fantastic year of young people improving the world!
Happy New Year!
The Children’s Climate Prize is an international prize annually awarded to children who have made extraordinary efforts for the climate and environment. The winners of the prize are celebrated at a gala event in November in Stockholm, Sweden. They receive a diploma, medal and prize money of SEK 100,000 to continue developing their projects. The prize is founded by Telge Energi, the Swedish frontrunner in renewable energy, and it is they, in partnership with Blueair, a world-leader in air purification, that are behind the award.