A global effort

To address the triple planetary crisis (climate change, biodiversity loss, and air pollution) — likely the biggest existential threat humanity has ever encountered — we need intersectional and coordinated collaboration on a massive scale.

As ChangemakerXchange, we are excited to launch a global intersectional climate action programme that supports the world’s leading climate action changemakers and activists from different regions. The ultimate goal is to help the youth climate movement become even more connected, collaborative, and impactful.

The 2022 Summits

There will be three in-person summits and a follow-up community and capacity-building programme in Europe, MENA, and North America in 2022.

(More summits are coming in Asia & Australasia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa in 2023)

🚨 The deadline this round of summits passed. Stay tuned for more gatherings to come in early 2023 🚨

Changemakers for the planet summit in Europe

  • For Changemakers aged 18-35 from Europe or MENA with solutions to tackle the planetary crisis.
  • Accepted participants get to choose between two summits as part of the overall programme, one taking place in Morocco, one in Germany.
  • To reduce travel emissions we recommend the summit in Berlin, Germany for individuals from Europe.
  • Attending a ChangemakerXchange summit is the first step into the programme and to joining our global community of 1000 changemakers from all over the world.
  • For all eligibility criteria, please refer to our FAQs below.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Western Sahara, Yemen

Climate Action Summit in Europe

Lombardy, Italy | 26 – 30 September 2022. Supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung & Fondazione Cariplo

  • The 2022 Climate Action summit & programme in Europe is supported by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Fondazione Cariplo.
  • Please note that this summit has already taken place in October 2022.
  • Participants of the summit are now joining a unique online capacity-building programme and become part of the ChangemakerXchange community.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom

Gender & Climate Action Summit in North America

New York, USA | 16 – 20 November 2022. Supported by SAP

  • Please note that this summits takes place in November 2023 and that the deadline to apply has passed.
  • The Gender & Climate Action programme in North America is supported by SAP.
  • It focused on participants who identify as a woman or female, intergender, non-binary, transgender, or a-gender.
  • Participants will also get the chance to be part of an online capacity-building programme and be connected with pro-bono support from SAP employees.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Canada, United States of America

Changemakers for the planet summit in MENA

  • For Changemakers aged 18-35 from Europe or MENA with solutions to tackle the planetary crisis.
  • Accepted participants get to choose between two summits as part of the overall programme, one taking place in Morocco, one in Germany.
  • To reduce travel emissions we recommend the summit in Morocco for individuals from the Middle East and North Africa.
  • Attending a ChangemakerXchange summit is the first step into the programme and to joining our global community of 1000 changemakers from all over the world.
  • For all eligibility criteria, please refer to our FAQs below.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritania, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Oman, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Western Sahara, Yemen

Climate Action Summit in MENA

  • Please note that this summits takes place in November 2023 and that the deadline to apply has passed.
  • The Climate Action programme in MENA in 2022 is supported by SAP.
  • Participants will also get the chance to be part of a unique online capacity-building programme and be connected with pro-bono support from SAP employees.

ELIGIBLE COUNTRIES
Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Western Sahara, Yemen

Selection Criteria

Each summit has its own detailed selection criteria, but the following is the general rule for all of them:

  • Country: You must come from or be currently living in one of the eligible countries. Please refer to each summit's eligible countries.
  • Age: You must be aged 18–35.
  • Role: You are the founder/co-founder, leader/co-leader, manager/co-manager (or hold an influential position with decision-making power, e.g. intrapreneur) of a social/environmental venture/organisation/community which is up and running and addresses the climate, biodiversity, and air pollution crises.
  • Language: You must have a command of English which is strong enough to participate in small group conversations and collaborate with international changemakers.

 

The Programme

The programme starts with regional summits (cohorts), each convening 15–25 young changemakers in intensive 5-day gatherings. These gatherings take place in beautiful locations deep in nature and are designed to forge deep connections between participants, foster wellbeing, enable peer learning and set the ground for meaningful collaborations to emerge.

After the summit, the young changemakers are invited to join a tailored online global capacity-building programme, that brings together members from each region. This multi-module and interactive programme will include practical sessions for young changemakers such as preventing burnout, fundraising & finances and system change.

Finally, the young changemakers become lifelong members of the thriving global ChangemakerXchange community, which currently counts close to 1,000 social innovators from 120+ countries. As part of the community, members get access to a regular and dynamic portfolio of opportunities to connect, learn and co-create.

Interested in taking part in Climate Action Summits yet your region is not listed above?  Don't worry. Join our waitlist to be the first to know when a new summit is coming to your region.

More from ChangemakerXchange on climate action

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Our recent blog post announcing our renewed effort to play a role as a community in addressing the triple planetary crisis, including helping the youth climate movement become even more connected, collaborative, and impactful.

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