Climate Action: Race to Zero
In collaboration with Count Us In and the UK High Level Champions for COP26

DO Something Now!

We are offering awards of €2,000 to young people aged 16-35 to help you turn your ideas into action on how to bring wild back, eat for the planet, travel sustainably, or rewrite our future. Whether it is planting urban gardens in food deserts, spreading solar energy, or a slam poetry contest on climate justice, whatever your idea, we can help you make it happen. 

 

How It Works

Browse the challenges and awards below and join the Climate Action Community platform for instructions on how to apply. Submit your idea now!

Our DO Community Challenges

Put your idea – whether fully formed or half-baked – into action and win an Innovation Award of €2,000!

 

BRING WILD BACK
HOW CAN REWILDING IMPACT THE WORLD WE LIVE IN?
APPLY NOW
EAT FOR THE PLANET
HOW MIGHT WE NOURISH PEOPLE AND ECOSYSTEMS?
ACCESS FUNDING
REWRITE OUR FUTURE
HOW CAN WE REIMAGINE THE FUTURE TOGETHER
EXPLORE CHALLENGE
TRAVEL SUSTAINABLY
HOW CAN WE REINVENT THE WAY WE COMMUTE AND EXPLORE?
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Our Partner Challenges

LEARN TO COMMUNICATE AND LEAD

Take AimHi’s Cambridge-backed Climate & Nature Course, and become a force for change
Master key concepts, cut through the misinformation and become a climate champion. AimHi’s empowering and uplifting live course is supported by the University of Cambridge, has rave reviews, and is being promoted by the UN Environment Programme. Anyone anywhere can participate.
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SPEAK OUT WITH YOUR IDEAS

Hone your public speaking skills so you can speak out on climate change!
Are you between 14-18 years of age and interested in joining a workshop to help you hone your public speaking skills? There will be a competition with prizes for the best speeches at the end of the workshop. Download entry forms and get advice on speaking out!
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MYBITYOURBIT

Send your challenge to world leaders at COP26
Send a challenge to world leaders attending COP26. Record a short video message, saying briefly what you’re doing about the climate emergency (‘My bit’) and what you are challenging the world leaders to do (‘Your bit’). The best 100 videos will be showcased at COP26 to grab the attention of world leaders.
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ENTER THE CLIMATE SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

The Climate Science Olympiad invites you to create solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals.
You can join a team or form your own team in one of two age categories: 14-17 and 18-25. Registration is open until 1st August 2021. There will be 10,000 participants and 50 finalists, with a prize pool of $10,000. Find out more and register!
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CRAFT IT CHALLENGE

Use your crafts for activism
Craftivist Collective, who use crafts for activism, challenge you to make a yellow canary in any medium you wish (we have patterns too) and place it in public with the message ‘Join us on the #RaceToZero @Craftivists’ to engage passersby or through social media.
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SAY IT CHALLENGE

Create a Future Dictionary for a warming world!
Words such as greenwashing, ecocide and upcycling have come into the dictionary in recent years. What words will we need in the future? Help create a Future Dictionary for a warming world. Prizes of £50 for the best 100 new words. Yours could be one.
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PLANT IT CHALLENGE

Plant flowers in unloved places!
Guerrilla gardeners plant flowers in unloved places to brighten the environment and cheer up people. Prizes of £100 for the best guerrilla planting. Just find some space which needs a bit of TLC, plant it creatively, and share what you have done.
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THE GREY TO GREEN CHALLENGE

A hands-on approach to urban greening!
The Grey to Green Challenge is all about urban gardening, helping you to transform lifeless corners of their neighbourhoods into vibrant miniature gardens that benefit community mental health as well as local biodiversity. Due to the time and effort required to create these spots of greenery, and to incentivise really impactful actions, Dream Green are offering prizes of £500, and also up to £100 to support people who may not be financially able to cover their own costs for materials, plants etc.
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SONGS FOR OUR CLIMATE CHALLENGE

Create and perform a song on climate change!
Climate Actions Now and Bye Bye Plastic are challenging young people to engage in climate action through the Universal Language of Music. We're asking you to create a song that will inspire the world to take action. Win a one-song non-exclusive publishing deal with a cash advance to create a song, a track or an anthem to rally people around the climate emergency - choose any style (rock, rap, opera, acapella) and in any format (audio or video or both).
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THE SUNFLOWER CHALLENGE

Adding some colour to life!
This quick and easy challenge will get dozens of people planting guerrilla sunflowers in public spots. If theirs grows to be one of the tallest (they will need to look after it properly) they could win £100. The person with the saddest sunflower will win £20 and a “How to Garden” book. For more information on how to enter, please contact ellen@dreamgreen.earth
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REDUCE REUSE OR RECYCLE IT

A challenge by the Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots
Enter the Climate Force Challenge and use your imagination to reduce CO2 emissions. Five prizes of £1,500 are being offered by Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots to help make the most imaginative ideas happen.
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BE AN "ANGEL" FOR PEOPLE & PLANET

Help others in extraordinary ways and be recognized with a prize of up to €5000!
Filippas Engel Foundation gives out prizes between €500 and €5,000 to young people in Europe who go above and beyond to help others, whether it’s in the social, environmental, or cultural field. Learn more and apply with what you’ve done for climate action!
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JOIN A COMMUNITY OF CHANGEMAKERS

Be part of a global community!
We are creating a community of thousands of young people eager to address the climate emergency and wanting to change the world.
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TRACK YOUR IMPACT

See how people all over the world are taking practical steps to protect what they love from climate change, and the carbon emissions you can save!
Get inspiration for your project from Count Us In’s practical and impactful steps to mobilize 1 billion people for climate action. When you take on a challenge, you’re joining the Count Us In global movement!
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Our Vision

Climate change poses a huge threat to human life on the planet. We are all facing an emergency where urgent action is needed by everybody, everywhere. Young people have a particularly important role to play. Climate Action: Race to Zero is a global collaboration aiming to harness young people’s creativity, energy and engagement to help create a world which is fit for them and their children to inherit.

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