Internationally acclaimed Green School announced today on Earth Day (April 22) that it will launch its inaugural Young Green Leaders awards to acknowledge and celebrate young leaders between the ages of 12-16 that are raising awareness about climate change and pushing the world to be more sustainable.
The Green School, which today has campuses in New Zealand and South Africa as well as in Indonesia where it began, was recognized last year by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a school that truly champions the cause of sustainability by including it in its curriculum and through its hands-on experiential learning in a nature-driven environment.
Founded in Bali in 2008, the school campus is a physical showcase of what it teaches, with the entire structure built from bamboo and running it on clean energy.
Green School is launching its inaugural Young Green Leaders awards today (April 22) that will be given to young leaders who are developing solutions that are aligned with one or more of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals to combat climate change.
Two winners will be selected – one student hailing from Indonesia and the other student could be from anywhere in the world. They will receive a scholarship to attend the Green School in Bali, Indonesia for an academic year as well as a one-year mentorship that will help the young changemakers’ turn their ideas into reality with support from mentors in the Green School network such as The Green School Innovation Hub, Green Educators, IBUKU sustainable design & architecture firm and the local Kul Kul Farm.
In a press release seen by Green Queen, co-founder of Green School John Hardy said that the awards will be a recurring one to appreciate the efforts of the young voices in the climate justice movement.“Our students at Green School inspire us every day with their creativity and passion for dreaming up solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges today. We’re so excited to launch this award because it is time to take action.”
Our students at Green School inspire us every day with their creativity and passion for dreaming up solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges today. We’re so excited to launch this award because it is time to take actionJohn Hardy, co-founder of Green School
To select the winners, several green entrepreneurs and innovators have been roped such as co-founder of Potato Head Hospitality, Ronald Akili; former SVP of Original Programming at Showtime, Robin Gurney; Green School alum and founder of Force of Nature, Clover Hogan; Green School alum, model, activist and former Miss Indonesia 2017, Achintya Nilsen and member of Green School Bali Student Association, Harper Penrose.
The winners will be decided on the basis of how closely the project is aligned with the SDGs, what can be the level of impact and how innovative it is.
Applications open today, Earth Day (April 22) and the submission deadline will close on June 7.
Lead image courtesy of Green School.