Climate change is the biggest challenge currently facing the world and its impact will affect us all. Mankind’s role in contributing to climate change is now
indisputable. However we also know that answers exist, or can be developed, if we are ready to change our behaviours and invest in technology and other
The British Council recognises that young people and future generations of young people will be most affected by climate change and that they care passionately
about their future world. We help young people to work together across the globe to develop ideas that can help tackle climate change, and to voice their opinions
to decision makers.
What is British Council’s International Climate Champions?
British Council’s International Climate Champions is a programme that works in sixty countries across the globe, with young people who are passionate and committed to action
on climate change. We help them develop and implement projects within their local communities that raise awareness of climate change, limit the impact of climate change
(adaptation), and reduce carbon footprint (mitigation). Champions work with other young people around the globe to share and develop their ideas through a networking site and
other discussion forums. As well as working in their local area, International Climate Champions meet with local and national leaders to share their experiences. Some champions
will have the chance to express their views to world leaders at international meetings, such as the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen in December
Who are our International Climate Champions?
Champions are young people who share a passionate interest in climate change and who want to make a difference. Champions vary in age in different countries but are aged
between 11 and 35 years. In 2008 there were over 800 International Climate Champions in twenty nine countries. During 2009 we will recruit over 1,300 new Champions in a
total of sixty countries across the globe.
What International Climate Champions do
International Climate Champions spend a year working with their local communities carrying out projects that raise awareness of climate change and crucially encourage people to
change their behaviour.
The British Council and our partners support the Champions by providing training and skills building in project management and communication. We help Champions to develop
their own knowledge about climate change and their project ideas by offering inspirational visits to people and organisations already working in this field.
Champions first and foremost work with their local communities to make a real change. Champions are working on projects as diverse as campaigns to ban plastic bags to car
sharing schemes. An important part of local work is encouraging others to get involved, from local people to local decision makers and the media.
From Brazil, to Canada and Indonesia, British Council International Climate Champions have already developed successful local projects. We help them to express their
experiences and raise their concerns at national and international meetings, allowing the voices and expectations of young people to be heard and taken in to account during
Where we work
Asia: Bangladesh, Nepal, China, India, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, South Korea
Africa: Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, Uganda, Sudan, Mozambique, South Africa, Botswana, Malawi, Mauritius, Niger, Namibia, Sierra Leone,
Middle East: Qatar, Kuwait, UAE, Yemen, Oman, Libya
Europe and North America: England, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Hungary,
Ireland, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, Canada, USA
South America and the Caribbean: Mexico, Brazil, Cuba
For more information www.britishcouncil.org/climatechange
British Council International Climate
Champions (18 – 35) 2009
Are you passionate about the environment?
Are you one of the change?
Are you concerned about climate next nine Climate Change Champions?
Enter our new competition here!>>
Why not become an International Climate Champion and do something about it?
International Climate Change
1. What is an International Climate Champion?
There are currently over 1000 International Climate Champions in 30 different countries recruited by the British
Council and the aim is to spread the network to 60 countries with up to 2000 International Climate Champions. The
Are you one of the next nine International Climate
Champions carry out projects in their communities or nationally and galvanise other people to act.
We are looking for outstanding people in theAre you passionate about the environment? Could you spread the message
UK aged 18-35 who:
about climate change and represent England?
Can carry out a climate change project in their community or nationally
Network with like-minded Champions from around the world, sharing ideas and best practice
Interested? Then read on…
Represent UK or their region on climate change issues.
What is a Climate Change Champion?
Projects with an international dimension will be particularly welcome. Project proposals can be put together by a
What kind him or herself a good as Climate Champion. The
team but one person should take responsibility and putof person makes forwardClimate Change Champion?
successful champions will be announced and will start their 'year in office 2009/10' in August 2009.
How do I enter?
2. What kind of person makes a good Climate Champion? looking for?
What are the judges
You have to be:
What happens after I have entered the competition?
A permanent resident of UK
Between the ages of 18 and 35
What do I win?
Have a basic knowledge of the facts behind climate change
Enthusiastic and show determination
Confident talking in front of others and the media
What is an International Climate Change Champion?
Willing to travel
The Climate Change Champions is a competition to find nine outstanding
3. How do I apply?
young people aged 11-18 who can carry out a climate change project in their
school or community, network with like-minded young Champions from
Put your project idea together around the world, sharing ideas and best practice and represent England on
This should clearly show how you can encourage the community or the wider public to make positive steps to
tackle climate change The 2008 competition to find the next nine Champions is now open and the
Your project can focus on either: winners will be announced and will start their 'year in office' in early January
ways to limit the effects of climate change (mitigation)
ways to adjust our lifestyles to suit the conditions created by climate change (adaptation)
What kind of person makes a good
Climate Change Champion?
You have to be:
A permanent resident of England.
Between the ages of 11-18 (on 30
Passionate about the environment
and climate A registered
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.change. charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).
Have a basic knowledge of the facts
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behind climate change.
Be enthusiastic and interested in making a difference.
Your project should not be an existing or completed piece of work or form part of your normal working role. We are
looking for ambitious plans which have reach, impact, are sustainable and replicable and have relevance in the
Complete the application form
Write up to 350 words telling us:
your project aim
the actions that need to be taken to achieve your aim
your project’s expected impact and sustainability
How you will measure it
Send it in
The closing date for entries is 5pm on 31 July 2009
Email it to UKICC@britishcouncil.org Mark it with your surname in the subject box.
4. What happens after I have applied?
Your application will be sent directly to the competition's judging panel. The best applications will be selected for an
informal 20-minute telephone interview in August 2009. The judges will then select the Champions and these
winners will be announced in August 2009.
5. The Benefits
If you are one of the International Climate Champions you will:
get up to £1,000 to help implement your project on climate change.
Participate in regional training workshops.
Have opportunities to meet and talk with international specialists and visit projects on climate change.
Receive invitations to attend regional and possibly international events on climate change.
Have the opportunity to network with similar-minded Champions in up to 60 countries around the world.
If you have any questions please contact me
Project Manager International Climate Champions
28 Park Place
Cardiff CF10 3QE
T 02920 397467
The United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. A registered charity: 209131 (England and Wales) SC037733 (Scotland).
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International Climate Champions 2009
(18 – 35) Application Form
PERSONAL DATA (this will not be passed to any third party)
Date of birth
Direct phone number
Job title or
Website if available
In no more than 350 words please tell us
Your project’s aim
How you will implement your project
What your project will achieve (the impact and lasting legacy)
How you plan to measure the impact
If you would like to support this application with visual samples of your work please do so.
Name of project:
Completed applications should be submitted by 5 pm 31 July 2009 to:
UKICC@britishcouncil.org In the subject box put your surname
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International Climate Champions 2009
Terms and Conditions
This recruitment exercise is open to anyone aged between 18 and 35 years old who is a permanent resident of the UK.
The applicant must be the person who writes the project proposal and completes the entry form. The proposal can be the work
of a team but the applicant is the person with overall responsibility for it. The closing date for receipt of applications is 5pm 31
July 2009. Responsibility cannot be accepted for lost or delayed applications.
Completed applications should be sent to:
UKICC@britishcouncil.org In the subject box put our surname
Applications not in accordance with the instructions or guidelines are invalid. All applications are subject to verification.
1. Project Proposal
The proposal must focus on:
1. Raising awareness of climate change and
2. Limiting the impact of climate change or positively influencing behaviour in the area of climate change.
3. Reducing the impact of climate change (mitigation)
The proposal must be submitted together with a fully completed application form.
The proposal should be no more than 350 words.
The successful applicants will be those that are considered to demonstrate the best ideas and show the best potential
for successfully communicating with others about climate change and encouraging them to make positive steps in
coping with the challenges posed by climate change.
Projects which are in progress or have been completed are not eligible, nor are projects which form part of the
applicant’s normal employment role or which come under the remit of the employer.
Please note that the British Council does not consider applications which are purely funding applications.
Valid applications will be sorted and judged by a panel.
Up to 20 applicants will be selected to progress to the interview stage.
Successful applicants will be chosen at the discretion of the judging panel, whose decision is final.
No correspondence will be entered into.
The semi-finalists will then be invited to attend a short telephone interview in August 2009 with members of the judging
International Climate Champions will then be chosen and notified.
All Champions will be required to participate in the ICC programme throughout 09/10 (2 training workshops, event at
the end of the programme and communication opportunities throughout, and may include opportunities to meet with
senior Government and international representatives and networking opportunities with International Climate
Champions from around the world).
Successful applicants will be invited to attend local, regional events to promote action on climate change, talk about
their projects and represent their peers.
All Champions will be given project implementation and communication skills training and will be given the opportunity
to meet with some of the local and regional leading climate change agencies to learn more about climate change and
A project fund of up to £1,000 per Champion will be made available for the implementation of the project, with the
expectation that additional funding will be raised by the Champions themselves. While advice will be offered by the
British Council it is the responsibility of the individual Champion and their mentors to organise and coordinate the
Before any money is released a breakdown of costs and expenditure has to be provided to the British Council –
guidance to participants will be provided at the workshops.
All Champions will be required to participate in any media opportunities that arise. Participation could be in the form of
radio or newspaper interviews or broadcast appearances.
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