The opportunity you have been waiting for is here!

Climate Tracker is launching its COP23 opportunity, and it is stacked with opportunities and prizes for Trackers from everywhere in the world!

With the signing of the Paris Agreement almost two years behind us, it is time to step up our game. The Renewable Energy Transition is unstoppable! Even if Trump wants to pull out of the Paris Agreement, now he wants Solar Panels on Border Wall.

Around the world, Renewable energy is driving bigger changes than we have seen in generations, and the pressure is on for countries to take their transitions even further. The message is clear now, Trump is isolated and it doesn’t matter where you’re from; it’s time to take your commitments to Climate Change seriously.

If you want to be part of this incredible transition, it’s time to raise your voice, and join our opportunity for a FULLY FUNDED trip to COP23, in Germany in November.


The Campaign in 10 questions

1. Who can apply?

We encourage young writers from around the world (like yourself) to help us write inspiring stories and to publish them in media, and we will reward five of you with a spot to COP 23 in Germany!

2. What do I have to write about?

We will have 3 publishing windows, during which you will have to write at least 1 article about a specific topic. You will have to write at least one article on each topic to be eligible for our prizes. That means at least 3 articles in total:

  • Topic 1 (1July - 31 July): The Clean Energy Revolution 

During the first publishing window, we encourage you to: (1) describe the importance of, and the opportunities for, clean energy in your country or region; (2) explain how the fossil fuel industry is having negative impacts on climate change, endangering millions of people, and (3) call out for a higher ambition in executing the well-underway clean energy revolution. Learn more about this topic here.

  • Topic 2 (1Aug - 31 Aug): Supporting Climate Finance

To ensure the wellbeing of future societies and to achieve the climate goals that have been set, we have to invest in the future. It’s time to take up responsibility and make sure where our climate money is going. Learn more about this topic here.

  • Topic 3 (1 Sep - 30 Sept): Climate and health

Climate change is impacting each and every one of us on a very personal level that many of us don't even realize, namely our health. With climate action, we have the chance to save millions of lives. Learn more about this topic here.

To help you write on the third topic, and get some inspiration on how and what to write, you can check out our Climate Change & Health Toolkit.

Don't forget that articles have to be on the suggested topic, have to be recently published (so from June onwards), and should be news articles.

By writing on these topics, you’re eligible to win a spot on our team at COP23 in Bonn. We will be covering your flight, accommodation, entry into the COP and guidance by the Climate Tracker team. Other prices to win include online writing fellowships, for which you receive a stipend and personal guidance from Climate Tracker to write about climate change issues in your region.

3. What is a publishing window?

A publishing window is the time you have to publish a certain amount of articles about a certain topic. The 1st publishing time for this campaign is from the 1st of July to the 31st of July.

4. Where do I publish my article?

You have to find a news site, blog, newspaper, magazine... willing to publish your article. It can be at a national, regional, local or international level. Aim for the one with best outreach, and avoid fake news websites.

If you never published before, we are here to help you! Check the “Links and Resources” section below, and feel free to contact us for help.

5. Can I use other formats aside from writing?

Yes, you can also send us a picture series (as long as you published it somewhere), video (upload your video it in youtube and send us the link, or radio (if you send us the link of the radio program where you appeared and a transcript of your intervention).

6. In which language can I publish my article?

You can publish in any language you prefer. You can choose depending on which audience you want to reach and why.

7. Am I eligible to apply?

Participants from all countries between the ages of 18 and 30 years old are eligible for our #RaiseUParis opportunity.

We do have one special set of Countries, and we will DEFINITELY SELECT at least ONE PERSON from the following Countries:

Indonesia | The Philippines | India | Ethiopia | Nigeria | Egypt | Bangladesh | Peru | Pakistan | Turkey

But we have 4 other spots available for anyone in the world!

9. What is a writing fellowship?

After submitting your articles, you are eligible to win a writing fellowship with us. Writing fellows are paid to deliver a certain amount of articles about certain topics. They also receive personalised training by Climate Tracker and get help in refining their publishing skills. It is an amazing opportunity to grow as a writer and to collaborate with the Climate Tracker team.

10. How will the Trackers be selected?

The best writers will be chosen among the applicants by analysing their outreach and writing skills. You can check our rating system for articles here. Writers with the best general score make a chance to one of 5 fully funded fellowships to join us at COP23 in Bonn, Germany, in November.


Toolkits

You’re excited to start writing about climate change, but you’re not sure how? No worries, we’re here to help you! We’ve created several Toolkits that will help you to find good sources, structure your article, make jargon understandable, and reach out to editors. If you’re still stuck or have a different question, feel free to contact our campaign manager Arthur.

Pitching your article:

A not so serious piece on how to find editors

summary on how to do a good pitch

last tricks to boost your success

Writing and research toolkits:

handbook on writing about climate change and on how to write an effective op-ed

7 ways to write a good introduction

8 ways to improve your writing

3 minutes guide to writing a news article

6 things you need to know when using a quotation

7 tips on doing research for your article

11 punctuation marks you need to use correctly

How to conduct an interview

Writing an effective features article

Communicating climate jargons

5 Funded Spots at COP23!

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