What is the Best Climate Solutions Award?

Through an annual open call, Best Climate Solutions invites and selects innovative projects and actionable ideas from across the world that provide solutions to targeted climate change challenges.

Under the umbrella of the precedent initiative (the Best Climate Practices observatory), five editions of the Award have been organized involving over 180 projects from Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Oceania, and a community of over 14000 users. Past editions of the Award covered the themes:  “Building local resilience to climate disaster risk” in 2017, “Expanding access to climate financing” in 2016, “Climate Change and Water Availability for Food Production” in 2015, “Energy Poverty Alleviation” in 2014, and “Urban Resilience” in 2013.

The Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award focuses on the challenge of “Communicating Climate Change Threats and Opportunities”, and it is organized by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change in partnership with the Festival for the Earth.
KEY INFORMATION

Theme: “Communicating Climate Change Threats and Opportunities”
Submission deadline: June 28, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST)
Prize: a cash prize of 3000 Euros, co-sponsored by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and the Festival for the Earth
How to apply: via the online application form

Please read through the following and download the 2018 Call for Proposals to learn more about the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award and about how to participate.

The 2018 challenge
“Communicating climate change threats and opportunities”

Communication is becoming an increasingly essential tool to inform and engage stakeholders and the public, as well as to build collaboration bridges, scale up and empower innovative solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

The scientific evidence of climate change is mostly unquestioned. Impacts on ecosystems and communities are more and more observed and felt. Global climate policy reached a significant milestone with the adoption of the 2015 Paris Agreement. Experiences and examples are multiplying of people joining forces to make their communities more resilient, as well as of cities, countries and business models undertaking the path of low-carbon growth.

Although the reality of climate change is acknowledged, communicating solutions or strategies to act and address cause and impacts remains a difficult task. However, new digital communication strategies inspired by information sharing, cloud-based and mobile technology, virtual reality and advanced gamification provide powerful tools to reach, inform, and engage key audiences such as younger generations, as well as to build networks and connections to produce real change. Youth face a future where climate threats and impacts will be increasingly critical and are the ones that can make a significant shift in enhancing current and future response. The role of youth in combating climate change presents a tremendous untapped potential and could make the difference in local, national and global decision-making.

In the current highly connected and diversified world, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to win the challenge of climate change communication and no boundary to develop new ways of presenting climate change threats and opportunities.

For these reasons, the aim of the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award is to showcase and promote the most creative and impactful initiatives designed to deliver engaging messages, raise awareness and trigger action in the audiences addressed, such as students, consumers, business or politicians. The Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award focuses on innovative ideas, methods, and tools to communicate climate change in education, advocacy, media production and social engagement activities.

Eligibility

The Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award is open to individuals, teams or organizations, regardless of nationality. Applicants can submit their idea or project, as well as a third party’s idea or project with due reference to the author(s). Where an intellectual property owner’s authorization is needed, it is the responsibility of the applicants to obtain such approval before submitting the final materials.

The Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award accepts submissions presenting projects, initiatives, tools, or ideas to communicate climate change in education, advocacy, media production and social engagement activities. Submissions not consistent with the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award theme will not be considered.

Eligible submissions can present: (a) a brand new idea or (b) an already existing project (in its preliminary phase, underway or already concluded). Eligible submissions must refer to actionable ideas or concrete projects.

Eligible submissions must be in English language and compliant with the application procedure described in the 2018 Call for Proposals.

Eligible submissions must be sent by June 28, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST). Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered.

Timeline

Starting date for submissions: April 23, 2018 (12.00 noon CEST)
Submission deadline: June 28, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST)
Online polls: September 24, 2018 – October 15, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST)
Winner announcement: December 4, 2018, at the Festival for the Earth 2018 in Venice

Evaluation process

The evaluation process includes the assessment by a high-profile Jury composed of experts from universities and international organizations, and online polls open to the online community of the Best Climate Solutions platform.

The international Jury performs its assessment according to the following criteria:

  • viability;
  • innovation (at technological, social, or organizational level);
  • expected/observed impact;
  • scalability

The list of members of the international Jury of the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award will be announced in due course on the Best Climate Solutions website.

During the online polls, registered users on the Best Climate Solutions website can vote for the admitted candidates and share them on the social networks, increasing their chances to win.

The online polls are open from September 24 to October 15, 2018 (5.00 pm CEST).

In order to vote, users need to register or log in on the Best Climate Solutions platform.

Each registered user has a single right of vote for each candidate. Users can assign from one to five points for each of the following criteria:

  • viability;
  • innovation (at technological, social, or organizational level);
  • expected/observed impact;
  • scalability

All the admitted candidates will be shown on the Best Climate Solutions dedicated Section at the close of the submission stage.

Admitted candidates are graded with a score combining the results of the online polls and the assessment by the international Jury. The author of the submitted project or idea receiving the highest score is awarded the prize. Submissions that do not meet the minimum score by the Jury cannot win the Award.

Prize

The finalists and the winner of the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award will be announced on December 4, 2018, at the Festival for the Earth 2018 in Venice.

The author of the winning project will be invited to present the proposal during a high-level event featuring Nobel, Pulitzer, and Goldman Prize winners, and will receive a prize of 3000 euros, co-sponsored by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change and the Festival for the Earth.

How to participate in the Best Climate Solutions Award?

Everyone can participate in the Best Climate Solutions Award. Participation involves four simple steps:

Check the Call for Proposals: make sure your project or idea is in line with the current Call for Proposals and is eligible under the Award’s theme and rules. The Call for Proposals of the Best Climate Solutions 2018 Award is available here.

Register on the Best Climate Solutions platform: only registered users can submit a proposal on the Best Climate Solutions platform. Before starting your application make sure you have successfully signed up on the Best Climate Solutions registration page.

Submit a proposal: once registered, you will be able to access the entry form, complete your proposal by following the instructions given, and submitting it once perfect.

Vote: after the participants are published on the platform, registered users can rate them and increase their chance of winning. Register on the Best Climate Solutions to give your feedback on the admitted proposals during the online polls.