Our shared environmental crises are getting worse and increasing in complexity and urgency. As our population races towards 10 billion people by 2050, our ecosystems cannot sustain the demands our economic systems place on them. New ideas and new leaders are essential to changing systems, methodologies, and policies. By investing in young leaders to create a shared sense of urgency and providing the skills to create change, we are ensuring a brighter future.
building a collective impact movement
Ambitious goals to match the scope of our shared challenges
We're recruiting 50 environmental educators to be trainers for our partners. We're seeking 1-3 trainers in each of our 36 target countries. We'll provide training, mentoring, & networking opportunities.
We'll work together with our trainers and leading environmental organizations to shape the curriculum to utilize best-in-class research and insight to address the problems of today and the future.
We're partnering with community development organizations and schools to deliver training to youth in their communities. We'll support them in the full cycle of implementation.
Our environmental leadership training comprises of three modules focused on environment literacy, leadership, and civic engagement. It includes up to 15-20 hours of wide-ranging content.
We'll support our program alumni to take action in their communities and beyond. Their leadership will be a core part of their future careers, in all sectors that they work in.
Environmental leadership defined: environmental literacy with a bias for effective action.
The program will focus on developing and training a global network of environmental leaders who will take action in their communities and beyond to solve some of our most pressing environmental challenges.
Our environmental leadership training combines environmental literacy knowledge and the development of a bias for effective action. The training will be supported by a network of 50+ trainers who will co-create the curriculum, with the support of leading environmental organizations.
The trainers will identify and collaborate with local organizations and schools in their countries to work directly with emerging environmental leaders. Our goal is to identify and to partner with at least 1,000 community organizations which will have the capacity to train at least 1,000 leaders over a four-year period.
The training course comprises three modules focused on environment literacy, leadership, and civic engagement. It includes 15-20 hours of content which can be completed during a one-week intensive program or over several stand-alone sessions spanning a month. The content will be available via an online Learning Management System (LMS) and offline for participants with limited internet access or if delivered by an in-person facilitator.
Geographic and Training Focus
We have identified 36 countries across the world that require the most urgent action to address current and future environmental problems.
Our environmental literacy training includes modules on ecosystems, flora & fauna, air, water, soil, food systems,waste, energy, transportation, urban design, sustainable development, pollution, circular economy, and the blue economy.
Our leadership content focuses on personal leadership, creative problem solving, transformative action, community building, and facilitation.
Our civic engagement training builds effective leaders through content on environmental policy, movement building, working with stakeholders, and understanding governance frameworks.
We're working in 36 of the most critical countries
Africa: Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda
Asia-Pacific: Australia, Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam
Middle East: Iran, Turkey
North America: Mexico, United States
South America: Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru
We're focusing on the most important environmental criteria
We've selected 36 counties that are facing, or contributing to the most significant environmental challenges over the next three decades. The countries include approximately 75% of the global population today and the projected population in 2050.
Population & Demographics: Top 15 population (2020 and/ or 2050), high fertility rate, high youth population %, rapid urbanization rates
Emissions & Waste: Significant CO2 emitter, significant unmanaged plastic, significant mismanaged waste, significant source of marine debris, significant exporter or importer of waste
Nature Resources: significant tropical tree cover loss, high % of global remaining wilderness, significant # of threatened species, threatened biodiversity hotspots
Climate Change Risk: Global Climate Risk top 10, Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN Index) Bottom 50