2021 International Climate Action Challenge

Challengers

2021 Challengers

The 2021 International Climate Action Challenge is now underway. Over 250 eco-enthusiasts from 73 teams have registered for Green Team Academy’s free 90-day challenge.

Challengers from 29 countries are working to launch an environmental or community initiative in 90 days. Check out our list of teams.

Join Us

Regular people from around the world are stepping up to #BeTheChange. They don’t have to go it alone, though! Challengers get access to the book and workbook, coaching, video course, live weekly meetings, and a chance to be a part of a global community of change-makers!

Learn more about the challenge:

  • Get the book and workbook.
  • Volunteer with us.
  • Become a spoonsor.
  • Donate to support our work.
  • Register to attend our December 14-16, 2021 Impact Summit.
  • Contact us to find out how to host a challenge in your community.

2020 Registered Challengers

Regular people from around the world registered to participate in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Challengers chose to start or expand an eco-initiative during the 90-day challenge period from September 1 to November 30, 2020.

Who took up the challenge to make an impact in 90 days?

A total of 128 people from 21 countries committed to launch or expand a total of 86 community or environmental initiatives during the challenge period. See the list of 2020 registered challengers here.

The challenge initiatives include cleanups, urban farming, reforestation, zero waste, racial justice, voter outreach, renewable energy, pollinator protection, blogs, podcasts, and more. 

2020 Challenger Impact

The impact of the top 29 teams during the 90-day period, during the pandemic, included: 

  • Participation from 385 team members in 14 countries: Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Switzerland, Uganda, USA, Zambia
  • Held 59 community events
  • Had 4,322 community interactions (conversations for tabling plus attendees to events)
  • Completed 83,853 voter outreach interactions (postcards, phone calls, texts)
  • Planted 43,198 trees
  • Started 55 gardens and 2 urban farms
  • Created and shared 106 stories
  • Established 114 partnerships
  • Held 9 community cleanup and waste diversion events
  • Built one community materials recovery facility in the Philippines
  • Delivered 3,000 eco-friendly COVID kits
  • Launched revitalization of a historic apiculture collection in France
  • Provided typhoon relief during the midst of deadly typhoon season that unfolded during the challenge in the Philippines
  • Launched new sustainability groups in communities, cities, and Drawdown Alberta, a province-wide initiative.

Meet the Top 2020 Challengers

Click on the links below to meet the challengers.

  • 01: Eco-Clava, Mexico
    Meet the Eco-Clava team from Mexico, the first challengers registered in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! Their initiative is to provide continual environmental education to spur policy and behavior change in their communities. 
  • 03: Coral Col, Colombia
    Coral Col, from Columbia, is creating awareness in schools and communities about solid waste management, through science communication, arts, and workshops
  • 04: Remat Pet, USA
    Meet the Remat Pet team from San Antonio, TX. Find out how they are making a difference as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! Visit their links to see doggies enjoying the pet beds from recycled mattresses.
  • 10: Black + White Conversations from the Heart, USA
    Meet the Black + White Conversations team of Oakland, California! They are working to break down racism through conversations and partnerships. Find out how they are making a difference as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 11: Regrow – Organic Gardening from Kitchen Scraps, International
    Meet the international team that created a systematic approach for doing organic gardening from kitchen scraps and using recycled materials. Find out how they are making a difference as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 20: Voter Outreach, CCL, Lancaster, PA, USA
    Challenger Profile at a Glance Meet the Citizens Climate Lobby Lancaster (CCL Lancaster) team of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They teamed up to get out the vote and plant
  • 23: Youth Proyekto Philippines – Coastal Cleanup, Philippines
    Challenger Profile at a Glance Meet the Youth Proyekto Philippines team, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Find out how they are making a difference
  • 24: Youth Proyekto Philippines – EcoFestival, Philippines
    The Youth Proyekto Philippines team hosted the 4th Philippine EcoFestival in November 2020. Find out how these 2020 International Climate Action Challengers are making a difference!
  • 41: Elite Miss Delaware Earth & Global Ripple Effect Project Inc, USA
    Malika Yates serves as the 2020 Elite Miss Delaware Earth promoting environmental education and compassion for all. She is also the founder of the nonprofit Global Ripple Effect Inc. In these roles, Malika spearheaded community cleanups, food drives, and eco-friendly COVID kits for the underserved during the challenge. As a mentor and challenger, find out how her partnerships are making a difference as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 46: New Roots Initiative Backyard Farming, Philippines
    Challenger Profile at a Glance Meet the New Roots Initiative backyard farming team from the Philippines. Find out how they are making a difference as part of
  • 47: New Roots Initiative – Upcycled Learning Materials, Philippines
    Challenger Profile at a Glance Meet the New Roots Initiative team that is upcycling materials to create learning supplies in the Philippines. Find out how they are
  • 48: Earth Guardians Zambia
    Meet the Earth Guardians Zambia team, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Find out how they are making a difference by planting trees and starting gardens in their community.
  • 49: Sargassum Podcast, International
    Meet the international team that is creating the Sargassum Podcast! Find out how they are making a difference by raising awareness about Sargassum algae and solutions for addressing it. The team is part of Marine Conservation Without Borders and is participating in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge.
  • 53: ADSKGreenGames
    Meet the ADSKGreenGames team from Denver, Colorado, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Their goal was to launch an entertaining and educational challenge to encourage colleagues to make small sustainable changes in day to day life that add up to a bigger impact on the planet and community.
  • 56: Youthpower, USA
    Meet the Youthpower voter outreach team from Oakland, California, USA, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. This team came together to provide a way for youth to encourage adults to vote and consider the future of youth when voting.
  • 57: Anka Green Team, Nigeria
    Meet the Anka Green Team from Kano, Nigeria! Find out how they are making a difference by distributing thousands of tree seedlings as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 61: Sustainable Broomfield, USA
    Meet the Sustainable Broomfield team from Broomfield, Colorado! Find out how they are making a difference by composting, cleaning up, and advocating for a new sustainable business recognition program as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! The team is also collaborating with challenge mentor, Green Actioneers, to offer the Green Actioneers family activity workbook as a resource and fundraiser.
  • 62: To Bee or Not to Be, France & USA
    Meet the “To Bee or Not to Be” team from Provence, France. Find out how they are making a difference by creating a rare historic bee library, collection, and potential museum as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 63: Juan for Nature, Philippines
    Meet the Juan for Nature team from the Philippines, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! Find out how they are making a difference in their community with everything from Zumba classes and cleanups, to helping create a local materials recovery facility and providing typhoon relief.
  • 68: Team GREAT Golden
    Meet the Golden Residents Eco-Action Team. They’re GREAT! Team GREAT Golden is an all-ages group working to promote sustainability in the city of Golden, Colorado. 
  • 70: Agrivision, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Meet the Agrivision team from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Find out how they are making a difference by starting a market garden initiative as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 73: Earth Fairies, Philippines
    Meet the Earth Fairies team in the Philippines! Find out how they are helping launch an urban farm in their community. They are proving that Earth Fairies are real!
  • 74: Trinity Forestry Services, Uganda
    Meet the Trinity Forestry Services team from Uganda. Find out how they are getting people involved in urban farming within the slum communities of Kamwokya. 
  • 76: Fountain Together, USA
    Meet the Fountain Together team from Fountain, Colorado! Find out how they are making a difference, as challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge! They are a brand new community/sustainability team working to do cleanups, plant trees, and build a strong community.
  • 78: Heal The Earth – Save The Pollinators, USA
    Meet the Pollinator People team from Colorado! Find out how they are making a difference by recruiting people to protect soil health and pollinators as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!
  • 79: Drawdown Alberta, Canada
    Meet the Drawdown Alberta team from Canada, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Their initiative is to envision and create a future Alberta that stores (draws down) more greenhouse gases than it produces, applying the approach of Project Drawdown to the province.
  • 84: Mabinju Power House Youth Group – One Million Trees for Siaya, Kenya
    Meet the Mabinju Power House Youth Group from Kenya, challengers in the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge. Their campaign is One Million Trees for Siaya, Kenya. They are growing tree seedlings, teaching others how to plant and care for them, and distributing throughout the county.
  • 85: Rakai Youths for Action and Development, Uganda
    Meet the challenger team, Rakai Youths for Action & Development, from Uganda. They focus on raising and distributing tree seedlings, while raising awareness about climate change. Find out how they are making a difference as part of the 2020 International Climate Action Challenge!