Project information

Guardians of our Planet's Future

“The world was not given to you by your parents; it was lent to you by your children.”

Children and young people are the planet’s future guardians. Global Greengrants Fund provides youth with resources to become environmental leaders, run green enterprises and find solutions to climate change.

January 2018 - December 2018

Charity information: Global Greengrants Fund UK

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  • Need


    Climate change is the greatest challenge humankind has ever faced. Millions of people will die if we do not act now. Already many are affected. Nearly half of the world’s population is under 25 – these young people have done nothing to create the crisis, but they and the next generation are the ones who will carry the main burden. This is the injustice of climate change. These young people have great ideas to save our planet, through creative campaigns and green enterprises, but few resources.


    To help young climate activists translate their ideas into action, Global Greengrants has created the Next Generation Climate Advisory Board. Its members are six youth leaders in their twenties from around the world. They provide small grants and mentorship to young people who are finding solutions to the impacts of climate change. This project will help the next generation pursue innovative green initiatives, seek climate justice, and become advocates for the future of our beautiful planet.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To foster youth-driven green enterprises and projects to mitigate the impacts of climate change.


    » Fund youth groups who increase climate change awareness, promote renewable energy, enhance food security, and promote green and sustainable business.

    What success will look like

    At least 20,000 young people benefit from the positive impact of each funded project, with increased awareness of climate change and access to tangible strategies to adapt to it.

    Aim 2

    To strengthen the influence of young people in local, regional, and global climate change policy.


    » Fund youth networks engaged in climate policy, foster communication and collaboration, and enable the design of creative climate campaigns.

    What success will look like

    Existing youth networks are more visible in media and climate policy forums; more joint activities, exchanges and campaigns take place at the national, regional and global level.

    Aim 3

    To train youth leaders and build the capacity of youth organisations to address climate change.


    » Provide small grants and targeted training to youth-led local groups to strengthen their leadership and organisational capacity.

    What success will look like

    More and stronger youth-led climate leadership emerges around the world with at least 300 young people per funded project directly engaged in activities.

  • Impact


    The project addresses the important role of youth in adapting to a changing climate. It tackles the critical gap in available support to youth-led climate initiatives. The project will contribute to a stronger youth leadership, and help foster the future guardians of our planet.

    We will know we have been successful when more youth-led local groups receive more funding, more young people engage on climate change, and we hear a stronger youth voice call for climate justice at the global level.


    Many community-based youth groups have great ideas but lack experience. They are often overly ambitious, engaging in too many activities to have deep impact. Our youth advisers work closely with them to help translate their ideas into great projects.

    Internet access is limited in many rural areas, making communication challenging. It is important for our advisers to be able to travel and meet young people where they are, to ensure that the most marginalised get access to the available funds.


    A regular e-newsletter will give updates from around the world, with videos, photos and stories.

    At the end of the year, a report will outline the activities funded and their progress. The groups that have received a small grant will report on what they have achieved and what they are learning.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,657

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,600 Small Grants Direct funding support to youth-led groups
      £1,755 Programme Support Technical support and mentoring of youth-led initiatives, e.g. communications, travel, meetings
      £1,302 Overheads Organisational costs of running the project

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Global Alliance for Green and Gender Action £5,657 Guaranteed
  • Background


    The project will support youth in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Africa has the youngest population in the world - in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, 50% is under 18. Over 60% of the world’s youth live in Asia. And Latin America has the highest youth population in its history. The countries in these regions are among the world’s poorest, with low capacity to cope with the already devastating impact of climate change. But social and youth movements are emerging to demand climate action.


    The main direct beneficiaries of this project will be young people under the age of 25 leading green initiatives to tackle climate change in Africa, Asia and Latin America. These initiatives primarily engage young people, on average 300 per project. The wider community in which these young people live, especially the most marginalised (women, indigenous and young people), are indirect beneficiaries of the impact of these initiatives. Each project indirectly benefits on average 20,600 people.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Global Greengrants has the experience and systems to channel small grants to grassroots youth. Our advisers are best placed to lead this work: All in their 20s, they are on the leadership teams of a number of youth networks, representing tens of thousands of young people across more than 80 countries. Through them, we are able to reach those initiatives very few others can. For 38% of groups, we are the first outside support. Per year, we fund over 100 grassroots projects from the UK office.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sharon Smith

    Coordinator of the board’s activities, trains youth climate leaders and builds the capacity of youth-driven organisations.

    Majandra Rodriguez Acha

    Adviser Latin America. Supports communication and collaboration between youth-driven organisations. Funds youth-led climate change adaptation.

    Hilma Angula

    Adviser Africa. Strengthens the influence of young people in local and regional climate change policy. Funds youth-led climate change adaptation.

    Ivan Facsoy Torafing

    Adviser Asia. Indigenous youth leader and community organiser. Funds and mentors youth-led climate campaigns, communications and green enterprises.


£25 pays for ten young people to plant 100 trees to counter the impact of climate change