One Young World Climate Justice Prize

Why the One Young World Climate Justice Prize?

One Young World Summits over the past 5 years have consistently engaged in discussion and debate on what is arguably one of our greatest collective challenges: Climate Change. 

Inspired by Mary Robinson attending the One Young World Summit 2014 as a Counsellor, as well as the relevance of the Climate Justice Principles to our community in the context of Climate Change and other themes, One Young World wishes to encourage and empower the community to embrace Climate Justice Principles and take them into tangible action. We are calling on the One Young World community to submit tangible project ideas for working towards Climate Justice.

What is the Prize?

One Young World will award €10,000 to the winning project at the 2015 Summit in Bangkok.

In addition, we will

  • Provide all entrants the opportunity to promote their projects through the One Young World community
  • And offer mentoring sessions via quarterly Google hangouts with experts and peers from around the world

How do I enter?

The first step is to think about your idea and register your interest. Registration opens on 16 October 2014. You need to register with us so we know who you are and will be able to invite you to mentoring sessions and offer any information along the way that may help you.


You have time to think about your project, put a team together or think about collaborations that will support your idea. We will ask for a Project Statement to be submitted in January 2015. Entry will remain open for several months thereafter. Keep watching this space for further information on the process and opportunities to share your ideas.


There is no set formula for an entry to the One Young World Climate Justice Prize: your project may educate a community about climate smart practices, it maybe a business or a social enterprise, it might be a service offering from an existing business, or it can provide advocacy tools to a community fighting climate change. This list is not conclusive – your ideas are welcome. Please refer to the entry criteria to help you ensure your idea is on track.

There are many sources of inspiration and background reading that may help you to shape your Climate Justice idea. Here are a few sources to help you on your way:

Mary Robinson Foundation Climate Justice hosts a research database on climate justice and a series of case studies providing practical examples of how hunger, nutrition and climate justice are linked from the perspective of households and communities. These can be accessed here: Those of particular relevance are:

Many Strong Voices was born at the climate change negotiations in Montreal, December 2005, out of a need for joint efforts to raise awareness about the effects of climate change in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), two of the world's most vulnerable regions. MSV works to develop community-driven comparative and integrated solutions on adapting to climate change. It undertakes practical, on-the-ground projects on adaptation in coastal communities in the Arctic and Small Island Developing States. In particular the Portraits of Resilience project is an example whereby young people have been afforded the opportunity to tell their personal stories of how climate change is affecting their lives. More information can be obtained here:

Glasgow Caledonia University holds a repository for the collection and collation of researched data on climate justice here:

The Joseph Rowntree Trust offers research conducted in the UK that may be of use to those wishing to research climate action that has a climate justice perspective: 

Criteria for entry

To fulfill the Prize entry requirements, your project should advance some of the following criteria:

  1. Directly addresses climate change – through financing, frontline services, education, communication, legal/policy change or a business solution
  2. Helps to protect a vulnerable community and/or creates an opportunity for a community disadvantaged by or at risk due to climate change
  3. Can be clearly associated with one or more of the seven principles of climate justice:
    1. Respect and Protect Human Rights
    2. Support the right to development
    3. Share Benefits and Burdens Equitably
    4. Ensure that Decisions on Climate Change are Participatory, Transparent and Accountable
    5. Highlight Gender Equality and Equity
    6. Harness the Transformative Power of Education for climate stewardship​
    7. Use Effective Partnerships to Secure Climate Justice
  4. Additional assessment criteria that will be applied in awarding the Prize later on are: 
    1. Ambition of the project – how impactful your project is
    2. Relevance – the project is related to its stated objective
    3. Community value – the project applies to a community/communities who are directly impacted by climate change or will be more adversely impacted in the future
  5. Projects may work at global, local/sub-national or at national level.


To be eligible for the One Young World Climate Justice Prize, you should:

Be a member of the OYW community, having attended at least one of One Young World Summits [or be registered to attend the 2015 Summit]
Be able to commit to attend the 2015 Summit should their project become a finalist, with your own source of funding, or ability to raise funding to attend [One Young World cannot commit to providing funding for attendance]