WAFA Proudly Announces Yet Another Global Award


We are Excited About the Launch in 2020 !!

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), released in 2018, calls for a 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is the minimum needed to prevent global temperatures rising above 1.5 °C over pre-industrial levels. This is also the biggest challenge humanity has ever faced.

In response, WAFA is strengthening its engagements in the global communities to support climate change initiatives. The 2020 WAFA Youth Climate Award will focus on youth under 25 from the global South who are working for sustainable development while keeping fossil fuels in the ground. The Award will target projects that can be shared across the planet for replication. WAFA will also publicize the awarded projects for potential investments for required scale up in specific geographic locations globally.

WAFA is working on proposing to COP26 Team to honor the winners at a WAFA Youth Climate Award Event as part of the Glasgow COP26 in late 2020. The event will be livestreamed to a global audience.

About “One Lit Candle”

“Jennifer and I are honored and delighted to make “One Lit Candle” available to WAFA to coincide with the launch of WAFA Youth Climate Awards category. May it light many candles in our shared vision to help heal our home.”
“One Lit Candle”  by Jennifer Edwards and Stuart Hoffman

Celebrating 50 years of Earth Day

There’s so much you can do to help protect and restore our planet, from joining a cleanup or climate strike, to taking part in the world’s largest citizen science initiative, to hosting an event in your own community!

If you want to support the youth in raising awareness towards keeping fossil fuels in the ground, kindly join our Global Giving Campaign

WAFA Youth Climate Award Key Dates:

26 Feb – Launch WAFA Youth Climate Award 2020
15 Mar – Open Date to receive Award Nominations
10 Jul – Close Date to receive Award Applications
11 Jul – Start Date to shortlist Applications, by WAFA Team
14 Aug – End Date to shortlist Applications
15 Aug – Start Date to select Finalists, by Selection Committee
12 Sep – End Date to select Finalists
15 Sep – Open Date for public voting on Finalist Projects
30 Oct – Close Date for public voting
07 Nov – Announce Winners
2021 – WAFA Youth Climate Award Ceremony

Nomination and Selection Process

WAFA Awards are known for unbiased selection process through:

  • Governance
  • Award Vision & Framework
  • Supporting Processes
  • Award Categories & Evaluation Criteria
  • Prize Money Allocation & Distribution
  • Partnerships
  • Timelines for the Award Program(s)
  • Marketing and Communication

Dr Madhu P. Pillai,    Executive Chair of WAFA Youth Climate Award

Dr Madhu P. Pillai is a Project Management Specialist and International Speaker with broad-based industry experience in a geographical spread of India, Nigeria, USA and Middle East countries. He has been associated as Projects Director with leading Multi-National organizations.
Dr Pillai is a Fellow of many reputed international organizations and has been associated with leading non-profit professional organizations at their global leadership level.


Award Winners 2010 – 2018

View some of the inspiring moments