A global competition to encourage, empower, and reward young people taking action on ocean issues was launched yesterday. This was by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN).
Benefits of Commonwealth Youth Climate Network Competition
Three young activists will receive £1,000 each as part of the #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge. Which was announced at COP27, for their work toward the achievement of the fourteenth UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG14).
SDG14 emphasizes the significance of protecting and using oceans, seas, and marine resources sustainably for the wellbeing of people, communities, countries, and the planet.
Youth action is essential to preserving natural landscapes for future generations because of the grave threat posed by climate change, particularly in the Commonwealth, where 49 of the 56 member countries have coasts.
Therefore, Following a successful #YouthLeadSDG13 campaign last year on climate action, the competition is being led by CYCN, a network of young people working to address climate challenges.
The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, presented the challenge at an intergenerational conversation session held in advance to COP27. She uttered:
“Some of the most vocal critics of the effects that climate change is having on the earth are young people. They are also some of the most imaginative, gifted, and creative change-makers.
This contest will appropriately provide a platform for these initiatives, which deserve to be noticed and praised by people, leaders, and agents of change all across the world.
The CYCN Partnerships and Engagement Chair, Azeez Abubakar, stated:
“We think that SDG14 youth-led action may significantly influence efforts to safeguard the blue economy, promoting an inclusive and climate-safe future for everybody.
“When it comes to tackling the climate and defending our environment, young people have demonstrated that they are full of inventiveness, imagination, and dedication. This contest is a wonderful chance to showcase these efforts to a large audience and be recognized for them.
- For a chance to win one of three £1,000 awards, young people are invited to record and share their efforts toward the realization of SDG14 with the Commonwealth Secretariat and on social media.
- As part of the #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge, which has as its theme SDG14, CYCN has created a list of 14 acts that participants must accomplish.
- To enter, you must be between the ages of 18 and 30 and be from a Commonwealth nation.
How to get in
To enter, participants must:
- Sign up for the Action Challenge
- Participate in the Action Challenge.
- Take pictures or record videos of their work on one or more of the 14 points for no more than 10 minutes.
- Use the Action Challenge submission form to submit a report.
- Use the hashtags #YouthLeadSDG14 and #BlueCharter to share the information online, along with the handles @CYCNOfficial and @ComsecYouth.
- View the instructions for recording and submitting content.
The videos will be published on the Your Commonwealth website as well as the social media pages for the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change (CYCN) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
A panel will evaluate submissions and award points based on their impact, scalability, creativity, innovation, and sustainability.
Each of the three chosen winners will get a $1000 prize.
The top three winners will be revealed on December 11th, 2022, after the competition ends on December 8th at 21:00GMT.