Annual Report

for change 2014

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Christiana Figueres
UNFCCC Executive Secretary
Never before has the need to address climate change been so urgent. But never before has the response gathered so much momentum.
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2014 in brief

Momentum for Change recognized concrete solutions to address climate change in 2014. The numbers below tell the story of our success.


Total applications


Eligible applications


Momentum for Change received 143 applications in 2014. Of those applications, 106 were considered eligible. From the 106 eligible applications, 12 were selected as Lighthouse Activities.


Urban poor

Activities that address climate change while improving the lives of the urban poor in developing countries.

Women for Results

Activities that celebrate the critical leadership and participation of women in tackling climate change.

financing for climate friendly investment

Activities that showcase successful financial innovations that cut carbon emissions and build resilience.

ICT solutions

Activities that use information communication technologies (ICT) to reduce energy use, cut emissions and build resilience.


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.

Ian Somerhalder
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.
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Antonio Banderas

Narrating Urban Poor
2014 Lighthouse Activities.

Mary Robinson

Narrating Women for Results
2014 Lighthouse Activities.

Nicholas Stern

Narrating Financing for Climate Friendly Investment
2014 Lighthouse Activities.

Thomas Friedman

Narrating ICT Solutions
2014 Lighthouse Activities.

Lighthouse Activities

urban poor

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 for results

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.

Financing for Climate Friendly Investment

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.

ICT Solutions

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.

selection criteria

In order to be considered eligible, all 2014 activities needed to go through a selection process.


Be scalable or replicable


Already be implemented or in the course of implementation


Address climate change mitigation or adaptation


Be innovative and/or demonstrate potential for long-term transformational change


Deliver verifiable social and environmental benefits


Not to be a clean development mechanism project or joint implementation initiative


Momentum for Change showcased the 2014 Lighthouse Activities during a series of special events at the Lima Climate Conference.


In the news

"Momentum for Change 2014 Lighthouse Awards: Recognizing Innovative Solutions to Climate Change"

"Ian Somerhalder Narrates 'Climate Heroes' Doc"

"Chefs Promote Sustainable Cooking at COP20"

"They’re Called ‘Pollinators,’ But They’re Not Bees. They’re People. And They’re Heroes."

"The World's Horrible Weather Just Means We Need To Keep Supporting A Clean Energy Revolution"

Social Media

twitter activity

total twitter impressions for 2014


Facebook activity

total facebook reach for 2014



May 16, 2014

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!

To learn more and apply, visit:

June 10, 2014

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.

Check it out and tell your friends!

October 9, 2014

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.

Watch it today:

September 3, 2014

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.

October 21, 2014

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!

April 28, 2014

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.

December 4, 2014

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.

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September 26, 2014

Today, we're very excited to share our new ‪‪#‎climatechange documentary 'Climate Heroes: Stories of Change', narrated by actor and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Ian Somerhalder.

The 22-minute documentary takes the viewer on a trip around the world to see on-the-ground action on climate change, in communities large and small.

June 12, 2014

Do you get the ‪#‎climatechange‬ doldrums? Listen to inspiring stories on climate action on the Momentum for Change podcast and get happy!

We're pleased to announce our new podcast, which will feature an interview with someone working on transformative climate action every other week.

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November 13, 2014

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!

About us

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



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.