How we find our Champions

How we find our Champions



The nomination cycle has closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2022 laureates at the end of the year! 

Every year, individuals, groups and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the protection and restoration of the environment are recognized in four categories:

In 2022, nominations for Champions of the Earth are especially encouraged of individuals and organisations who have helped prevent, halt, and reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. We are looking for inspirational leaders that are leading the charge in action for:

  • Climate – Strengthening ecosystem resilience and halting emissions.
  • Nature – Protecting what we have and restoring what we’ve lost.
  • Pollution – Tackling waste and pollutants threatening human and ecosystem health.

Selection process

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Champions are selected from nominations received from across the world.

A team of UNEP staff and subject experts review and consider each nomination, creating a list of finalists.

The criteria for selection are:

  • Impact - Have the nominee’s actions resulted in profound environmental gains or demonstrated significant potential for replication and scaling?
  • Novelty - Has the nominee done or achieved something new and innovative?
  • Power of the story - How compelling and inspiring is the nominee’s story?



The 2022 nomination cycle is now closed.