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Climate Change Challenge

Climate Change Challenge in 2020

This year will be our Climate Change Challenge 2.0 where we encourage young adults to look at their local surroundings in the context of climate change. We want to create a platform to host engagements between climate change experts (scientists, activists, social entrepreneurs among many) with young students. We hope this forum to inspire and empower the youth to engage with their immediate surroundings, evaluate and predict the impact of climate change in present or in coming future, and become advocates in the fight against climate change. We want them to become changemakers through art, research and technology development.

Below is an overview of Climate Change Challenge 2.0:

Target audience: Class 8-12th and teachers teaching art, language, social science, math and science

The Climate Change Challenge is active now. Send us your entries here.

Upcoming Sessions


Speaker details: Dr Geetha Ramaswami, Nature Conservation Foundation

See more of her work here.

Join us here.

The sessions will be based on:

Theme SDG
What is climate change, how we study it Climate Action
Alternate sources of green energy Affordable and Clean Energy,
Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Impact of climate change on fragile ecosystems Life on Land, Life under Water, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Role of local communities in protecting their ecosystems Partnerships for the Goal,
Sustainable Communities for Cities, Decent Work and Economic Growth
Our personal choice and its impact on climate Responsible Consumption and Production
Human health and climate change Good Health and Well-Being, Zero Hunger
Using art for creating voices Quality Education
Why children make powerful changemakers Partnerships for the Goal

Between Nov and Dec, schools can submit entries on how they can involve themselves in the fight against climate change. Their entries will be categorized in 3 groups:

a. Becoming a voice for fighting climate change through comix or games

b. Research studies on local ecosystems and livelihoods

c. Technological ideas to fight impact of climate change

Teams of selected entries will be mentored by field experts for a week to refine their ideas.

Write to somdattakarak@ccmb.res.in for more details.

Climate Change Challenge in 2019

We have initiated a challenge for high school students (grade 9-12) to identify impacts of climate change in their local surroundings, and ideate solutions to combat them. We partnered with KV Rao Scientific Society’s SPARK Innovation Awards to widen the reach of the challenge to the 5 states of southern India. Of the 50 plus entries that we received, 10 were invited to Hyderabad to present their ideas to judges from different institutes of Hyderabad, in addition to our scientists – Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, and Suno India podcast makers.