British Council, in partnership with The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), has launched The International Climate Champions 2009.
The programme aims to select 60 young Indians as ambassadors to communicate the message of Climate Change and work on mitigating its effects in India.
Climate Champions a youth oriented programme aims to inspire young people and work with them towards spreading the word on Climate Change and its effects.
There are currently 200 International Climate Champions in 13 different countries recruited by the British Council through an annual competition and the aim is to spread the network to all the countries where the British Council works and to engage up to 2000 International Climate Champions.
In 2008, 20 Indian Climate Champions were selected through a country wide rigorous competition by an expert jury. Three of these young champions were selected as International Climate Champions 2008 and represented India at meetings in London and G8+5 summit in Kobe, Japan.
The International Climate Champions competition for India sets out to identify 60 outstanding young people aged 18-21 who
* can carry out a climate change project in their school/college or community
* network with like-minded young Champions from around the world, sharing ideas and best practice
* represent India on climate change.
The 2009 competition to find the next 60 Champions will be open between 5 December 2008 to 15 January 2009. The new Champions will start their 'year in office' in early February 2009.
* A permanent resident of India.
* Between the ages of 18 - 21 years (as on January 2009)
* Passionate about the environment and climate change.
* Have a basic knowledge of the facts behind climate change.
* Be enthusiastic and show determination to make a difference.
* Happy talking in front of others (don't worry, we're not looking for professional TV celebrities!)
Website : www.britishcouncil.org
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