Children's Climate Prize
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Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh Martinez
Winner of the Children's Climate Prize 2016
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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.

Finalists 2016

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!

Jenny Rodgers & Anna Morris

Jenny Rodgers & Anna Morris

Inventors of Flow – a device that has the potential to slice a 1/3 of domestic water usage.

Inventors of Flow – a device that has the potential to slice a 1/3 of domestic water usage.

Kehkashan Basu

Kehkashan Basu

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 Green Hope – a youth sustainability organisation with the mission to engage, educate and empower young people to take actions on mitigating climate change.

Luca Berardi

Luca Berardi

Founder of YARH (Young Animal Rescue Heroes) with the mission to create awareness for endangered wildlife and environmental conservation.

Founder of YARH (Young Animal Rescue Heroes) with the mission to create awareness for endangered wildlife and environmental conservation.

Natur & Ungdom

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.

The organisation behind the lawsuit against the Norwegian state for breaking the Norwegian constitution by giving out licenses for oil in the Barents Sea.

Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh

Xiuhtezcatl Tonatiuh

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.

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.

The Jury

It consists of people from all over the world, sharing a passion for environmental and climate issues.


Criteria and Details

Criteria

  • 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.

Award

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

Dates

  • 22nd October:
    Nomination process closes
  • 7th November:
    The finalists are announced
  • 17th November:
    The winner is declared
  • 24th November:
    Award ceremony and banquet

Nomination is now closed. The finalists and the winner of 2016 have been announced. See you again next year!

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