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Momentum for Change
Do you want to learn what Momentum for Change is all about? Watch this short video introduction narrated by
Hollywood actor and climate champion Mark Ruffalo.
Momentum for Change is an initiative spearheaded by the UN Climate Change secretariat to shine a
light on the enormous groundswell of activities underway across the globe that are moving the world
toward a highly resilient, low-carbon future. Momentum for Change recognizes innovative and
transformative solutions that address both climate change and wider economic, social and
We call these solutions Lighthouse Activities.
They're some of the most practical, scalable and replicable examples of what people,
businesses, governments and industries are doing to tackle climate change.
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Winners of 2016 Momentum for Change Awards
Thirteen game-changing initiatives from around the world were announced on 29 September 2016 as
winners of the Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity Award.
Winning activities include a Google-led project that could catalyse the rooftop solar market for
millions of people across the United States; an ingenious net that harvests fog from the air to
provide drinking water for people on the edge of Morocco’s Sahara Desert; North
America’s first revenue-neutral tax that puts a price on carbon pollution; and a project that
has established the first women-specific standard to measure and monetize women’s empowerment
benefits of climate action.
The Momentum for Change Awards are part of wider efforts to mobilize action and ambition as
national governments work toward implementing the Paris Climate Change Agreement and the
Sustainable Development Goals.
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Momentum for Change: Areas of Focus
recognizing climate action that improves the lives of impoverished people in urban communities.
This focus area was implemented with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation from
Results: recognizing the critical leadership and participation of women in addressing
climate change. This focus area is implemented with the generous support of Masdar's Women in Sustainability, Environment and Renewable
Energy (WiSER) initiative.
Financing for Climate
Friendly Investment: recognizing successful and innovative climate-smart activities. This
focus area is implemented in partnership with the World Economic
Forum Global Project on Climate Change.
Solutions: recognizing successful climate change activities in the field of information and
communication technology. This focus area is implemented in partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.