Sandra is Communication Manager for WWF Panda Planet. She also works with Predators and especially the Arctic fox.
Winner of The Children’s Climate Prize 2016
Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez
The Children’s Climate Prize for 2016 is awarded to Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez.
The jury’s announcement:
“Through his passion and love for climate issues, this year´s winner has already, at a young age, had an enormous impact on many people, from children and youth to people with power, to make decisions shaping the future of our planet. With a unique skill of connecting activism with political talent, he has demonstrated both passion and courage, not avoiding controversial issues such as calling for a ban on fracking in his own home state Colorado. By doing so, he has challenged strong political and economic powers. As a hip-hop artist with a clear message he has demonstrated the power of linking culture with environmental issues as a way to mobilise engagement and action.”
Xiuhtezcatl is a 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement. At the early age of six, Xiuhtezcatl began speaking around the world from the Rio+20 United Nations Summit in Rio de Janeiro, to addressing the General Assembly at the United Nations in New York. He is the Youth Director of Earth Guardians, an organization of young activists, artists and musicians from across the globe stepping up as leaders and working together to create positive change in their communities to address climate change and other important issues that will define our future. His work has been featured on PBS, Showtime, National Geographic, Rolling Stones, Upworthy, The Guardian, Vogue, CNN, MSNBC, HBO and many more.
In 2013, Xiuhtezcatl received the 2013 United States Community Service Award from President Obama, and was the youngest of 24 national change-makers chosen to serve on the President’s youth council.
Johan L Kuylenstierna, the chairman of the jury, announced Xiuhtezcatl as this year’s winner of Children’s Climate Prize.
We have received so many, truly inspiring, contributions from children all over the world. The jury really had a tough time selecting the finalists and choosing a winner was even harder.
Below you’ll see why. You’ll find five extraordinary nominees that, all in their own unique ways, have contributed to saving the world!
Founder of Green Hope – a youth sustainability organisation with the mission to engage, educate and empower young people to take actions on mitigating climate change.
Founder of YARH (Young Animal Rescue Heroes) with the mission to create awareness for endangered wildlife and environmental conservation.
Natur & Ungdom
The organisation behind the lawsuit against the Norwegian state for breaking the Norwegian constitution by giving out licenses for oil in the Barents Sea.
A 16-year-old indigenous climate activist, hip-hop artist, and a powerful voice on the front lines of a global youth-led environmental movement called Earth Guardians.
It consists of people from all over the world, sharing a passion for environmental and climate issues.
Student at Blombackaskolan grade 5, Södertälje Sweden.
Katarina has extensively worked with communications and marketing in Swedish and international companies and organizations.
She is currently the Director of Communications at the insurance company If and also is a member of Telge Energi’s Board of Directors.
Climate change is affecting our world because the arctic and Antarctica are melting rapidly and that means cites are becoming flooded and people are dying because of pollution. If I could say one thing to our world leaders it would be to use more solar energy, stop global warming and make the world a better place.
Dr. Kjell A. Nordström is the interpreter of the new world of business. With experience of working with multinational companies throughout the world. Kjell writes books and articles and is also an extremely sought after lecturer. He enjoys everything from keynote presentations to leading smaller workshops with senior executives.
I would promise my future children that the world will change for the better because we have made a start to make those changes.
Student at Blombackaskolan grade 5, Södertälje Sweden.
Johan comes from several positions within the UN. His academic background is Earth Sciences , and his research focuses on paleoclimatology in the polar regions. He currently holds an adjunct professorship in international waters at Stockholm University.
Due to pollution spikes in the city of Paris, we sometimes have to do sports activities indoors. I also have friends whose throats are irritated by the pollution.
I know that global warming is changing the seasons in France, which affects farmers. But it does not just affect big farms, even our neighbor, Mme Coipaux, who has had a garden for over 50 years tells me that she has noticed the change with her plants. Her plants produce fruits out of the traditional seasons.
Retoy is a leading social enterprise in circular economy in Sweden. Retoy creates meeting spaces where children play and learn about the UN Convention of the right of the Child, sustainable consumption and global context through switching, borrowing, creating and giving toys.
- 10 - 16 years of age.
- Individuals, groups or organisations with a current or finished project/initiative/idea on the theme of climate/environment.
- Both Swedish and international participants may be nominated.
The jury will be presented on 22nd August. It will consist of children and grown-ups, from different walks of life, but who have in common a strong dedication to environmental and climate issues.
The competition is international and anyone may nominate or be nominated. The winner will receive a medal, a diploma and prize money of 50,000 SEK. The prize is awarded to a child or group of children, who, in an exemplary manner, has made an extraordinary contribution to the climate and environment.
The nomination process will be open from 22nd August - 22nd October.
The nominees will be announced on 10th November and the winner will be declared one week prior to the award ceremony and banquet that take place on 24th November in Södertälje, Sweden.
Criteria and Details
- Individuals, groups or organisations.
- New, current or finished projects/ideas on the theme of climate/environment can be nominated.
- Children from all over the world can nominate or be nominated. Adults are also welcome to nominate children.
- The nominee must be 10 – 16 years old.
The prize will go to a child or group of children for exceptional work in the field of climate or environment. The winner will receive a medal and 50,000 SEK (circa 6,000 USD). The award ceremony takes place in Södertälje, Sweden
- 22nd October:
Nomination process closes
- 7th November:
The finalists are announced
- 17th November:
The winner is declared
- 24th November:
Award ceremony and banquet