New partnerships and influencer endorsements amplified our messages more than ever before in 2014. We were delighted to team up with talented people to help spread stories of climate action far and wide.
Climate Heroes: Stories of Change
Action on climate change is not some far-off event. There is an enormous groundswell of action already underway to fight climate change. It’s happening right now, all over the world.
Although urban centers are often ill-prepared to meet the basic needs of rapidly expanding populations, the urban poor are incredibly resourceful people, with their own networks and the proven capacity to save and invest in the betterment of their communities. Climate change can stimulate action that improves and transforms the most vulnerable urban communities.
These Lighthouse Activities address climate change while improving the lives of the urban poor in developing countries. This focus area is implemented with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Women are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change, primarily because they constitute the majority of the world’s poor and are more dependent for their livelihoods on natural resources that are threatened by climate change. But women are also taking a leadership role in innovating and implementing climate change solutions.
These Lighthouse Activities showcase women-led initiatives that address climate change. This focus area is implemented with the generous support of The Rockefeller Foundation.
Given our planet’s growing environmental and resource challenges, the imperative for shifting development onto a more sustainable pathway is increasingly clear.
Innovation is playing a key role in unlocking financial resources for climate change initiatives, resulting in greater institutional capacity to fund activities that promote low-carbon growth and highly resilient communities.
These Lighthouse Activities showcase successful financial innovations for climate change adaptation and mitigation. This focus area is implemented in partnership with the World Economic Forum.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can reduce energy use, cut greenhouse gas emissions and build resilience to climate change.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative’s SMARTer2030 report shows that ICT-enabled solutions can cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 19%, save USD 2.3 trillion in energy and fuel costs and avoid 12.08 gigatonnes of carbon emissions.
These Lighthouse Activities showcase innovative ICT solutions that are driving the world toward a low-carbon, highly resilient future. This focus area is implemented in partnership with the Global e-Sustainability Initiative.
Positive progress on climate change is happening all around us! There's just one week left to get your climate change project recognized by the United Nations through Momentum for Change We're shining a light on transformative climate action.
Benefits include fully covered participation in COP-20 in Lima, profiling of your activity internationally, high-quality promotional photos and videos and many more!
Today we're excited and proud to announce our 2013 interactive annual report. It features a number of great Lighthouse Activities from the past year, including Ghana Bamboo Bikes, Pollinate Energy and 1 Million Women Campaign.
Yesterday, we previewed the print version of this report. You can download a PDF version of the report on the site as well.
Have you watched our inspiring climate action documentary, 'Climate Heroes: Stories of Change'? Narrated by Ian Somerhalder, It tells nine stories of people making a difference around the world, from the slums of Bangalore to the living rooms of Australia.
Coming soon! One film, nine stories of heroes fighting #climatechange. We're excited to launch the trailer for our upcoming documentary, "Climate Heroes: Stories of Change", narrated by UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder.
Women farmers in Guatemala plant trees to sequester carbon, prevent erosion, improve yields and increase crop diversity.
As if that wasn't enough these women, also build efficient brick stoves that reduce smoke inhalation and the number of trees that need to be cut down for heating and cooking. Good for people and the planet!
Pollinate Energy lights up Bangalore slums, replacing polluting kerosene light with solar lamps. Watch their co-founder, Katrina Kimmorley, give a TEDx talk about her how social business is an 'Avon' for solar lighting.
SmartSense is helping industrial and commercial energy consumers in India and Malaysia monitor, analyze and optimize their use of energy. The SmartSense device accesses data from the energy metre and sends it to a cloud server, allowing the user to access this data from any internet-enabled device.
They're one of our 2014 Lighthouse Activity winners.
There's an enormous groundswell of action already underway to fight climate change. It’s happening right now, all over the world.
Each year, we recognize inspiring action on climate change, selecting the most innovative and transformative climate solutions from hundreds of applicants.
Celebrate this year's award winners by donating a status update or tweet. Help shine a light on climate solutions!
Members of the 2014 Advisory Panel
Chair: Teresa Ribera
Executive Director, Institut de Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales
"It was our great privilege to select a new round of inspiring Lighthouse Activities in 2014. It was not an easy task to narrow the field down to 12 winners. Each of the applications we received demonstrated the potential for long-term transformative change."
Vice Chair: Mark Kenber
CEO, The Climate Group
"It gives us hope to see so many people implementing real solutions that are meeting the challenges of climate change. The 2014 Lighthouse Activities prove that innovative ideas play a vital role in shaping a more sustainable future."
Full List of the Advisory Panel
Global Senior Gender Adviser, International Union for the Conservation of Nature
Director of Sustainability, Masdar
Chief of Programs, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation
Co-Founder and CEO, New Course
Founder of the Community Organisation Resource Centre in South Africa, and coordinator for the secretariat of Shack/Slum Dwellers International
Former Board Representative for Sustainability and Climate Protection at Deutsche Telekom
Juan José Daboub
Founding CEO, Global Adaptation Institute
General Director of the Global Cities Covenant on Climate Secretariat
Patricia Espinosa Cantellano
Ambassador of Mexico to Germany
Director, Fundación Avina
Matilda Gennvi Gustafsson
Sustainability Director, Ericsson Group
Executive Director, The Global Call for Climate Action
Executive Director, Citizen Engagement Lab
Deputy Secretary General, International Telecommunication Union
Head, Environment and Climate, United Nations Global Compact
Head of Green Research at Bell Labs, Alcatel-Lucent
Managing Director, Just Capital
TEES Endowed Professor, Texas AM University
Chairman, Global e-Sustainability Initiative and Group Sustainability and Climate Change Officer, Deutsche Telekom
Angelica Valeria Ospina
Senior Technical Advisor for Resilience, Lutheran World Relief
Head of Public-Private Partnership, World Economic Forum
UNFCCC Spokesperson and Coordinator, Communications and Outreach Programme
Momentum for Change Team Lead
Momentum for Change Communications Officer
Momentum for Change Annual Report Project Manager
Momentum for Change Project Assistant
Momentum for Change Team Assistant
Momentum for Change
Momentum for Change Annual Report Project Manager
Momentum for Change Digital Strategy Consultant
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.