Winners of 2016 Momentum for Change Awards Announced
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
Health: recognizing novel solutions that balance the need for both human health and a
healthy planet, implemented with the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation.
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.
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.
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