The UN Climate Change Momentum for Change initiative shines a light on some of the world’s brightest and best climate solutions.
We call these solutions “Lighthouse Activities” because they illuminate the wave of action on climate change and sustainable development across the globe.
By showcasing these stories of creativity and transformational change, along with the extraordinary people behind them, we can inspire everyone to help shape a better future.
The 2017 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activities are:
From Waste to Wow | Italy
QUID, a woman-led, eco-fashion social enterprise, addresses climate change by recycling high-quality fabric waste from fashion companies to produce women’s clothing collections.
More Corals = More Fish | Belize
Women are offered grant-funded or subsidized training programs, often led by women divers, on marine tourism and lagoon ecology to restore coral reef habitats.
Sustainable Agriculture with Gender Inclusion and Participation in Quito | Ecuador
Women are taught sustainable food production through agricultural measures that increase food security, reduce carbon emissions, and shrink the city´s ecological footprint.
Building Resilient Livelihoods | Sudan
This project distributes agricultural packages to women farmers, including hands-on training in conservation agricultural techniques, and access to finance and markets.
KaXu Solar One | South Africa
The International Finance Corporation leveraged private-sector capital to develop and construct a large-scale concentrated solar power plant.
Green Finance and the Aggregation of Swedish Local Government Investment Projects | Sweden
Through the Kommuninvest Green Bonds framework, smaller municipalities are provided with green financing opportunities.
Partnerships to Advance Climate Risk Insurance Approaches | Grenada, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia
The Munich Climate Insurance Initiative designed and implemented a parametric index-based microinsurance product to cover extreme weather damage in the Caribbean.
ICTs For Small-Scale Farmers: A Game Changing Approach to Climate Smart Agriculture in Latin America | Colombia and Honduras
This easy-to-use ICT tool collects, collates, and analyzes weather data to inform farmers in advance on how to adjust their agricultural practices to ensure maximum crop-yield and thus food security.
SmartICE | Canada
Developed by the Memorial University of Newfoundland, this tool helps Inuit (indigenous people) adapt to thinning sea-ice by providing information to aid in the planning of safe routes on the ice, thus reducing travel risks.
Green Credit Card | South Korea
Credit card users are rewarded with points that are converted into cash or can be donated to environmental funds when they buy ecological products, use public transport, make paper-less transactions, and consume less resources.
Climate Change Impacts on Mountain Biodiversity (CLIMB) | France, Italy, and Switzerland
A local scientific NGO has built an innovative Biodiversity and Climate Change Observatory engineered by Orange on Mont-Blanc to measure and report the impact of climate change in the region.
Restoring Peatlands in Russia | Russia
This project, led by Wetlands International and supported by German and Russian government ministries, is spearheading the restoration of peatlands in Russia, and reducing the risk of fires.
Cleaning our Oceans of Plastic | Haiti, Southeast Asia
People in Haiti bring recycled plastic to one of 20 recycling markets operated by Plastic Bank, where it is exchanged for cash or critical essentials, such as a child’s school tuition.
Reclaiming Global Waterways and Beaches | France
TerraCycle and Procter & Gamble have partnered to manufacture the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from “beach plastic” waste for the shampoo brand Head & Shoulders.
Sustainable Energy for Safe Childbirth | Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Nepal
We Care Solar saves lives in childbirth by bringing solar power to remote, off-grid, and under-resourced medical centers.
Plan A Carbon Reduction | United Kingdom
Leading British retailer Marks & Spencer became carbon neutral in the UK and Ireland in 2012, which was further extended to all Marks & Spencer operations worldwide in 2014.
Net Positive Wine | United States of America
Fetzer Vineyards has been leading the wine industry in sustainable practices for decades, becoming the first Zero Waste certified wine company in the world.
Aviva's Climate Neutral Plan | United Kingdom
In 2006, Aviva became the first global insurance group to offset its entire operational emissions.
The Zero Carbon Police Force | United Arab Emirates
Dubai Police is measuring and reducing its emissions, with a goal to become carbon neutral by 2020 – the first police force to achieve this feat globally.
Learn more: unfccc.int/secretariat/momentum_for_change/items/6214.php