● Youth Programme will bring together over 120 exceptional youth leaders from Southeast Asia in Singapore and place a strong emphasis on cultivating essential skills in community building, leadership, presentation, and climate storytelling
● Community events at social impact hub Temasek Shophouse featuring sustainability leaders and changemakers will engage public on climate challenges and inspire action to drive change
Singapore, 27 October 2023 - The Earthshot Prize, in collaboration with Temasek Trust ecosystem entities - Temasek Foundation and Temasek Shophouse - and Conservation International, is thrilled to announce an exciting youth programme and community events set to take place in the lead-up to and during Earthshot Week which will take place from 6 November (Monday) to 9 November (Thursday) in Singapore.
Youth Programming to Drive Local Climate Action
The youth programme will bring together over 120 exceptional leaders ged 18 to 35 from across Southeast Asia for a transformative experience that will support them to drive climate action in their communities. These youth leaders include representatives from Common Purpose, Conservation International, Global Shapers Community - Singapore Hub, Ismaili CIVIC, Singapore Fashion Council.
At the Asian Young Leaders for Climate and the Environment Programme organised by Common Purpose Singapore with the support of Temasek Foundation, 50 young climate enthusiasts from across Asia will embark on a series of masterclasses, workshops, and industry immersion visits to acquire new skills in leadership, forge meaningful connections with industry leaders and peers, and collectively shape the future of our planet as a community through their project initiatives.
At Studio Zero, a new programme by Conservation International Singapore, youth will master the art of video creation, storytelling and community building over six months, with the first studio edition kicking off at The Earthshot Prize. Through live content studios, expert mentorship, and collaborating experiences, Studio Zero will guide the next generation in using creative storytelling in their efforts to champion the environment. In addition, Conservation International’s youth leaders from the 10 for Zero programme, which recognises their outstanding work in environmental stewardship, are participating in various Earthshot Week programmes.
The Earthshot Prize will enhance the youth programme by offering exclusive masterclasses, hosted by its esteemed Global Alliance partners, including Bloomberg L.P, YouTube, and Arup as well as its event partner, Singapore Fashion Council. These masterclasses will encompass a wide spectrum of topics, from disruptive leadership to the art of storytelling, and creative design and problem-solving. Participants will also have the unique opportunity to partake in the prestigious Awards ceremony, engage in curated thought leadership discussions, and a meaningful tree-planting activity, utilising the very trees from the Awards Ceremony, thus promoting resource circularity and minimising waste.
In addition to the youth programme, further events will be hosted across Singapore in the lead-up to and during Earthshot Week to raise awareness and drive public engagement around pressing climate challenges.
Community Outreach to Inspire Climate Action
As part of the celebrations of Earthshot Week coming to Singapore, climate outreach community events will take place at Temasek Shophouse on 29 October and 2 November. The public will get to hear from sustainability leaders and changemakers on their innovative climate solutions and platforms. They include Ms. Hannah Jones, CEO, The Earthshot Prize; Mr. Roland Wee, Co-Founder and Chairman of biodegradable plastics substitute firm RWDC Industries and 2018 winner of The Liveability Challenge (TLC) by Temasek Foundation; Mr. Alex Polglase, Chief of Staff of lithium battery recycling firm NEU Battery Materials and TLC 2021 Finalist; Ms. Sam Shu Qin, Marine Biologist, Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS), and Dr. Neo Mei Lin, Marine Ecologist, Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS. Both events will wrap up with a screening of Sir David Attenborough’s landmark series Repairing Our Planet “Revive Our Oceans”.
Ms. Hannah Jones, CEO of The Earthshot Prize, said, “As the next generation of innovators and changemakers, it is imperative we provide support and a unique platform to young leaders who are passionate about addressing climate change. The Youth Programme does just this and I want to thank our partners for providing these inspiring young leaders with an opportunity for them to gain valuable experiences, connect with like-minded individuals, and contribute to a sustainable future”.
Mr. Desmond Kuek, CEO, Temasek Trust, said, “We are delighted to support the Earthshot Week’s youth and community programmes through our ecosystem entities - Temasek Foundation and Temasek Shophouse - to foster awareness and inspire action for the climate challenges facing us. Engaging with our communities and empowering youths, our leaders of tomorrow, with the knowledge and tools to drive impact will sow the seeds of a brighter future for all.”
Ms. Geraldine Chin, Country Director of Conservation International Singapore, said, “The involvement of youth in The Earthshot Prize goes beyond attending events and workshops; it is a transformative experience that will propel their leadership in advancing the climate agenda of today. Conservation International values the voices of the youth, recognising their role as dynamic catalysts for driving meaningful change”.
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About The Earthshot Prize
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Founded by Prince William and incubated in the The Royal Foundation in 2020 for a year before becoming an independent platform/organisation, The Earthshot Prize is a global environmental prize and platform designed to discover, accelerate and scale ground-breaking solutions to repair and regenerate the planet. Inspired by President John F. Kennedy’s Moonshot, which united millions of people around the goal of reaching the moon, The Earthshot Prize aims to catalyse an Earthshot challenge to urgently encourage and scale innovative solutions that can help put the world firmly on a trajectory towards a stable climate, where communities, oceans and biodiversity thrive in harmony by 2030. The five challenges are: Protect and Restore Nature; Clean Our Air; Revive Our Oceans; Build a Waste-Free World; and Fix Our Climate.
The Prize aims to turn the current pessimism surrounding environmental issues into optimism by championing inspiring leadership and helping to scale incredible cutting-edge solutions. It will discover 50 winners over 10 years with the power to repair the planet. More than an award, The Earthshot Prize works in partnership with a Global Alliance of Partners to support the scaling of the solutions discovered and selected each year.
The Global Alliance Founding Partners are a group of leading global organisations and philanthropists, which act as strategic funding partners to the Prize, including Aga Khan Development Network, Bezos Earth Fund, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Breakthrough Energy Foundation, Coleman Family Ventures, DP World in partnership with Dubai EXPO 2020, Eleven Eleven Foundation, Holch Povlsen Foundation, Jack Ma Foundation, Law Family Charitable Foundation, Legado Para A Juventude, Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, Marc and Lynne Benioff, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Rob Walton Foundation, Sandy and Paul Edgerley, Standard Chartered Bank, and Wyc Grousbeck & Emilia Fazzalari.
Global Alliance Partners are non-profit environment and sustainable development organisations that bring expertise, global reach and serve as nominating organisations each year. For a full list see website: Global Alliance - Earthshot Prize.
Global Alliance Members are some of the world’s largest and most influential companies and brands that will support The Earthshot Prize, implement ambitious changes within their businesses and accelerate the advancement of the solutions of Prize Finalists and Winners.
They are: Arup, Bloomberg L.P., Deloitte, Herbert Smith Freehills, Hitachi, Ingka Group (IKEA), Microsoft, The Multichoice Group, Natura & Co, Safaricom, Salesforce, Unilever, Vodacom Group and Walmart.
About Temasek Trust
Temasek Trust, established by Temasek Holdings, is a steward of philanthropic assets, advocate of sustainability and catalyst of positive impact. It provides governance and financial oversight of endowments for an ecosystem of entities with the shared purpose of building better for every generation by protecting the planet, uplifting communities, connecting people, and advancing capabilities. In forging new pathways for philanthropy and impact investing with like-minded partners, Temasek Trust aims to promote catalytic philanthropy as a force for good. For more information, visit www.temasektrust.org.sg. Follow us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.
About Conservation International
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, for biodiversity and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples and local communities to help people and nature thrive together. Go to Conservation.org for more, and follow our work on Conservation News, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.