Opportunities For Climate Activists

Take a look at these opportunities for people working in the areas of climate action.

Climate and adverse effects on it because of human activities are not unknown. However, when contributions towards climate change are made, not many organizations support the noble cause. In this weekly digest of opportunities of Youth Time, we bring to you some prestigious opportunities for climate activists that can support their projects and initiatives.


1. Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador

Connect4Climate and Y2Y’s Global Youth Climate Network announce the opening of applications for the 2023 edition of the Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador Program.



The example set by Max Thabiso Edkins, who was a climate champion par excellence and a world-renowned driver of youth-led climate action, continues to inspire young people to step up their ambition and pursue their visions of a sustainable future. To honor Max’s legacy and continue his work empowering young climate leaders, Connect4Climate is partnering once again with the Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN), an initiative of the Youth-to-Youth (Y2Y) community of young professionals at the World Bank Group, to launch the 2023 edition of the Max Thabiso Edkins Climate Ambassador Program (MOCAP).



The MTECAP is a six-month online program that catalyzes youth climate leadership by enabling participants to: connect; learn from World Bank experts and GYCN and C4C knowledge partners; and take meaningful climate action both in their communities and globally. The program offers a mix of technical and hands-on sessions providing the young ambassadors with in-depth knowledge and understanding of climate change and the related challenges explored in the World Bank Group Climate Change Action Plan as well as guidance on how to creatively communicate their newfound knowledge for maximal impact.

By the conclusion of the program, each participant will be expected to have attended a predefined number of learning sessions and implemented three concrete climate actions in their community. All those who meet these criteria will graduate and receive a certificate of completion.



Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 35, have strong conversational English language skills, and have reliable access to the internet. Beyond these foundational requirements, applicants will be evaluated on each of the following criteria:

    • Past and current experience as a youth leader in communities at the local, regional, national, or global level. Demonstrated ability to organize community activities is an advantage.
    • Passion for climate solutions and sustainable development, and motivation to take action and empower others. We are looking for self-starters willing to take charge.
    • Scale and strength of the applicant’s network and active presence on social media.
    • The potential impact of the applicant’s proposed contributions to their communities and networks.



The last day to apply for the program is December 10, 2022.

Read more about the program here.


2. Changemakers For The Planet

Changemakers For The Planet official visual landscape
cftp official visual landscape

Changemakers for the Planet connects, supports, and amplifies the work and voices of hundreds of young changemakers, activists, and innovators from all regions of the world who address the planetary crisis. Applications are open for the same.



Through the ChangemakerXchange Community, the organization reaches and works directly with ± 1000 changemakers across 130 countries globally. New members join via our flagship summits, a unique experience of connecting, co-learning, and collaborating with other social innovators from around the world. This is followed by ongoing and life-long community engagement, capacity building, and support for their work.



Participants are asked to cover their transportation costs to Marrakesh, Morocco, or Berlin, Germany. ChangemakerXchange will cover ALL OTHER COSTS associated with the summit, such as accommodation, catering, local transportation, room hire, equipment & material, COVID-19 rapid tests, FFP2 masks, facilitation & hosting compensation, program manager compensation, carbon emissions offsetting derived from the local hosting, post-summit capacity-building program, and post-summit community engagement activities.



    • Country: You must come from or currently living/having an impact in Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Western Sahara, Yemen.
    • Age: For this program, you must be aged 18–35. Due to permission reasons, we focus on those over 18s. (Please note that joining most of our other activities like the Train the Trainer workshop, capacity building programs, or activities of The Possibilists is, however, possible for changemakers of all ages.)
    • Role: You are the founder/co-founder, leader/co-leader, manager/co-manager (or hold an influential position with decision-making power, e.g., intrapreneur) of a social/environmental venture/organization which is up and running and addresses the planetary crisis.
    • Language: You must have a command of English that is strong enough to participate in small group conversations and collaborate with international changemakers.
    • Complete application: The application form must be fully completed – with no open questions or very obviously insufficient answers remaining.



The last day to apply is January 15, 2023.

Find more information here.


3. Commonwealth Youth Climate Network

Commonwealth Youth Climate Network launch competition to boost youth-led action
Commonwealth Youth Climate Network launch competition to boost youth-led action

The Commonwealth Secretary-General and the Commonwealth Youth Climate Change Network (CYCN), launched a global competition to inspire, empower and reward young people taking action on oceans. Applications are open for the same.



The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries.

It is home to 2.5 billion people and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 32 of our members are small states, including many island nations.

The member governments have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy, and peace. The values and principles are expressed in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth’s roots go back to the British Empire. But today any country can join the modern Commonwealth. The last two countries to join the Commonwealth were Gabon and Togo in 2022.



The #YouthLeadSDG14 Action Challenge, revealed at COP27, will see three young activists awarded £1,000 each for their work towards the realization of the fourteenth UN sustainable development goal (SDG14).



To take part, entrants must:

    • Sign up for the Action Challenge
    • Take photos or film videos (max 10 minutes) documenting their efforts on one or more of the 14 points
    • Submit a report via the Action Challenge submission form
    • Post the content on social media using #YouthLeadSDG14 and #BlueCharter, tagging @CYCNOfficial and @ComsecYouth



The deadline for the submission is December 8, 2022.

Read more information here.


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