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 environmental challenges.
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.
Winners of 2017 Momentum for Change Awards Announced
Nineteen ground-breaking initiatives from around the world were announced on 12 October 2017 as recipients of the United Nations Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award.
The winners underline how Global Climate Action is accelerating, two years after the Paris Agreement was universally adopted and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Winning activities include a women-led, eco-fashion business that addresses climate change by recycling fabric waste to produce clothing collections, while providing jobs for disadvantaged female workers; a credit card company in South Korea where users are rewarded with points when they act sustainably; and, an easy-to-use ICT tool to help farmers make climate-smart decisions in Colombia and Honduras.
The Latest from Momentum for Change
Here's what has been happening lately at Momentum for Change:
- Check out our fully digital 2017 interactive annual report showcasing climate solutions recognized in 2017.
- Check out our fully digital 2016 interactive annual report and learn about inspiring stories of the 2016 winning activities.
- Check out our fully digital 2015 interactive annual report showcasing climate solutions.
- Check out our fully digital 2014 interactive annual report and learn about inspiring stories of climate action.
- Check out our 2013 interactive annual report.
- Listen to the Momentum for Change podcast.
Momentum for Change: Areas of Focus
Climate Neutral Now: recognizing efforts by individuals, companies and governments that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality, implemented with the secretariat's Climate Neutral Now initiative.
Women for 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.
ICT 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.
Urban Poor: 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 2011-2015.