The Green Heart Challenge for Environmental Justice is an annual event challenging young people around the world to explore and identify environmental justice issues in their communities, and to design feasible solutions to address these problems while advancing equity and justice. The Challenge extends over three months each spring, and is open to teams of 3-5 students, 18 years and younger, anywhere in the world. The theme of the Challenge rotates each year, focusing on the various environmental issues and solutions represented by different Planeteer Elements – Water, Earth, Wind, and Fire. Student teams work through a human-centered design process to develop equitable and feasible solutions to the problems they have identified, and submit their final plans in both writing and as a recorded video pitch. Finalists in different age brackets are selected to present their ideas to a live/ virtual judge panel, where winning ideas are selected to join an intensive in-person Green Heart Idea Incubator to work with mentors to implement their solutions with funding.
Educators and youth-group leaders are encouraged to engage their students who are ready to take the next step as changemakers to participate in this challenge. The next Green Heart Challenge for Environmental Justice is focused on Water and will kick off in January 2024. To learn more and receive updates, fill out the form below: