Seventeen activities that serve as shining examples of the enormous groundswell of action underway across the globe to address climate change were honoured on Wednesday at an Oscar-like ceremony at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland.
Selected from a pool of 252 worthy applications, the 17 Lighthouse Activities honoured at Wednesday’s ceremony were:
* Australia: 1 Million Women, building a movement to get one million women to take small steps in their everyday lives to cut greenhouse gas emissions
* Bangladesh: Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction, a women-centered initiative to address extreme weather conditions in vulnerable communities
* China: The China CDM Fund, supporting low-carbon growth and climate resilience through levies on clean development mechanism projects
* Ghana: Recycle not a Waste Initiative, empowering street youth to turn recyclable waste into a low-carbon business opportunity
* Ghana: Bamboo Bikes Initiative, women leading on climate change by building high-quality bamboo bicycles
* Multi-regional: Redavia, leasing affordable solar farms without up-front capital investment or long-term obligations
* Multi-regional: The Adaptation for Smallholder Agriculture Programme, spearheaded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) channeling climate finance to smallholder farmers to build their resilience to climate change
* Guatemala: Alliance for International Reforestation: Women Farmers in Guatemala, planting trees to sequester carbon and improve farming techniques
* India: Pollinate Energy, bringing solar energy to Bangalore’s slums while creating green jobs
* India: Community Based Micro Climate Resilience, building flood-resilient and affordable homes
* Kenya: The BOMA Project, enabling vulnerable women to adapt to climate change by building small businesses
* Liberia: Fostering Innovative Sanitation and Hygiene, providing fecal sludge management services in poor areas, capturing biogas and reducing methane emissions.
* Mexico: ECOCASA, unlocking financing to build low-carbon housing and increase the number of “green” mortgages.
* Mozambique: Public Private People Partnerships for Climate Compatible Development, empowering the urban poor to design and implement activities to adapt to climate change
* Philippines: Sustainable Energy Finance Program, an innovative financing scheme to unlock resources needed to address climate change
* South Africa: Food & Trees for Africa, fostering women’s leadership through planting trees and raising awareness about climate change
* Sudan: Low Smoke Stoves Project, providing mico-financing opportunities to replace polluting cook stoves with energy-efficient cook stoves
The 2013 Lighthouse Activities were selected by a 16-member, international advisory panel as part of the secretariat’s Momentum for Change initiative, which is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, and operates in partnership with the World Economic Forum.