2021 Youth Innovation Challenge to Solve Climate Change and Marine Litter Issues


Deadline: 25-Oct-21

Applications are now open for the 2021 Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC), giving young people around the world a chance to come up with innovative solutions to two pressing environmental and social issues: climate change and marine litter.

YIC is a program of the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) in partnership with the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA).

GEEP is a partnership between the US Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Protection Administration of Taiwan and the North American Association for Environmental Education.

The Youth Innovation Challenge invites applicants from 15 to 30 years of age to propose a solution to address climate change, marine litter, or both issues, that uses environmental education as a key element. Solutions must be innovative, feasible, and informed by research.


  • All eligible proposals will be evaluated by a panel of experts in relevant fields. A total of 15 YIC finalists will be selected and will receive the following benefits:
    • An official YIC finalist certificate
    • Recognition through GEEP, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), and other global partners’ websites and social media pages
    • Additional exposure for their solution to environmental education leaders and influencers at the 2021 Asia Pacific Virtual EE Forum
  • GEEP will select 3 YIC winners from the 15 YIC finalists. Each winner will receive a $1,000 USD grant, in addition to all the benefits.
  • Finalists will be notified by mid-November 2021. At the end of the challenge, all applicants are welcome to request feedback about submissions.

Eligibility Criteria

The Youth Innovation Challenge is intended for young leaders and innovators aged 15–30. Your innovative solutions must:

  • address climate change or marine litter, or both (since these issues are connected)
  • include an environmental education component
  • be submitted online through Submittable (only one proposal per person will be accepted).

For more information, visit https://thegeep.org/youth-innovation-challenge

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