UNEP and MIT launch climate competition lab

UN Environment and MIT have partnered to create a contest to inspire innovative, practical solutions to help address climate change and other sustainability goals.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) address topics as varied as climate change, gender equality, poverty and the urbanism. To achieve them will require creative combinations of actions that minimize trade-offs and maximize synergies, writes UN Environment.

To this end, UN Environment and MIT have create the Climate CoLab contest, which aims to harness the collective intelligence of thousands of people from all over the world. Contributors are invited to submit, evaluate and select proposals for actions to take on various aspects of the climate change problems. According to UNEP, over 2,000 potential solutions have been proposed so far.

The contest winners will be selected through a combination of public voting and official judging. The winners will then be invited to showcase their work at UN Environment’s headquarters in Kenya and meet with top UN officials. Their proposal will also be included in UN Environment’s flagship report on the state of the environment, Global Environment Outlook, which is distributed to decision-makers around the world.

Proposals may be submitted here until 7 January 2018.


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