ABOUT THE PRIZE
The Children's Climate Prize is an international prize annually awarded to young people taking actions to bring sustainable solutions for our planet. The prize celebrates and shed light on young innovators, entrepreneurs, changemakers and conservators in order to spread hope and inspire others. The winners of the Prize receive a diploma, medal and prize money of SEK 100,000 to continue developing their projects.
The foundation was created to ensure a long-term perspective for the Prize and makes it possible for others to partner in the initiative.The purpose of the Children's Climate Foundation is to promote children's contributions to environmental and climate work both local and internationally. The foundation is politically and religiously neutral. Every year, the Children’s Climate Foundation awards 100 000 SEK to the winner. The CEO of Telge Energi is also the chair of the Children’s Climate Foundation since they initiated the very first Children's Climate Prize in 2016.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
In November 2015, Telge Energi, the Swedish frontrunner in renewable energy, took initiative in elevating children's voices, as their future was being discussed without them present. Therefore, the Children's Climate Conference was created in preparation for the World Climate Summit, COP21, in Paris. Sixty-four children from 22 countries traveled to Sweden to participate. Among them, representatives from different indigenous people as well as children who had already been affected by climate change, were present. COP21 was the last chance for world leaders to come to an agreement on common guidelines and promises for meeting climate change objectives, and the children wanted to be involved. Together, the children created a list of actions and requirements, which they considered necessary for creating positive, sustainable development for the world and future generations. Against all odds, the children were invited to partake in the World Climate Summit in Paris. This was unprecedented.
The children presented their requirements and communiqué during a press conference made up of representatives from all over the world, the top manager for the UN's Climate Change Convention, Christiana Figueres, and the UN's General Secretary Envoy, Ahmad Alhendawi. After this experience, Telge Energi decided to annually award a young person who has exemplified extraordinary efforts to improve their own future and that of future generations. Thus, the Children's Climate Prize was born.