How do we empower individuals to address and prepare for a changing climate?

Deloitte SDG 13


How do we empower individuals to address and prepare for a changing climate?


The climate crisis is one of the most important societal challenges of our time. The pandemic is proof that clearer air, cleaner water, and healthier ecosystems are achievable if we act now. As the world begins to recover, it is critical that we don’t just return to the ways of doing things as before; we must continue taking climate actions to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change. To reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, we all must use this moment to find and develop collective and innovative solutions. We must work together in building a better, more sustainable, future.

At Deloitte we are committed to addressing climate change both within our organization and beyond, having recently launched our strategic initiative, WorldClimate, which aims to deliver on this global ambition. We recognize that change starts within, and we must set and meet higher standards for ourselves, empower our professionals and connect with our broader ecosystem to create solutions that facilitate the transition to a low carbon economy. We must work collectively to accomplish change.

As part of this commitment, Deloitte is proud to support the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG13. Through this challenge we seek to empower passionate people finding meaningful and innovative ways of tackling climate change. We are looking for bold solutions that reduce impacts of climate change and/or empower others to act on climate change. Examples of solutions may include behavioral change, technology solutions or scaling of technology solutions, education, nature-based solutions, community actions or collaborations.

In line with Deloitte’s ambition to address climate change through ecosystem engagement, the challenge seeks to support scalable youth-led solutions that:

  • Reduce the impacts of climate change, and/or empower others to act on climate change
  • Address root causes of the issue
  • Demonstrate ability to drive impact and potential to scale
  • Collaborate with others to accelerate or broaden impact
  • Facilitate opportunities for collective impact, by engaging a wide-range of stakeholders
  • Utilize innovative approaches

The solutions should drive impact in at least one of the following areas:

  • Actively contribute to carbon reduction, carbon sequestration, and/or the transition to clean, renewable energy
  • Support initiatives that develop job skills, improve educational outcomes, and provide access to opportunities within the green economy
  • Promote meaningful collaboration across stakeholder groups such as communities, businesses, and governments, to advance climate change solutions and resilience measures
  • Support initiatives that develop job skills, improve educational outcomes, and provide access to opportunities within the green economy
  • Limit the negative human, enironmental, or societal impacts brought on by climate change

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Challenge criteria


Aligned: Evidently aligned with the challenge. See ‘About’.

Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.

Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.

Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example generating employment, or developing skills.

Measurable: Impacts of solutions must have been adequately measured and/or be measurable.

Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.

Scalable: Potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.

Technologically feasible: Must rely on proven or readily available technology (if technology is relevant to the solution).

Additional Criteria:

Note: projects need to be based where Deloitte has a presence.



The winning solution will receive:

  • A US$50,000 grant from Deloitte
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of Deloitte professionals. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design



  • 25 July 2021: Applications open.
  • 13 September 2021: Applications close.
  • 21 September 2021: Shortlisted candidates confirmed.
  • 2 December: Lead2030 Challenge Winner confirmed.

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