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There is not a single, one time fix for Climate Change. It is going to be a generational challenge for all countries. Solutions being implemented today, will not necessarily be the right ones in a decade from now. And those implemented in a decade from now will surely not be the right solutions for climate problems faced in two decades from now.


For the reasons mentioned above and many more, it is critically important nations start to develop the skills and expertise within their own national work force, which will enable them to address and cope with the ever changing, unique challenges climate change will present to their nation, over the coming decades.


‘Climate Industries’ will become an essential industry sector of all nations. And just like all emerging new industry sectors it is critically important a skilled workforce is developed within the country, which is able to support the activities of enterprises and institutions which establish themselves within the Climate Industry Sector of each respective country.


‘Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day; teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime’


Rather than constantly providing short-lived solutions to address the ever changing needs of developing countries and small island states to fight climate change, developed nations, through established mechanisms such as the Green Climate Fund, need to consider allocating a small percentage of financial support to the ongoing education and training of the workforces of the newly forming Climate Industries of these Developing Countries (DC’s) and Small Island States (SIS’s). 


Armed with the skill sets and knowledge required to address the ever changing unique challenges climate change is destined to deliver across all sectors of their country’s economy and food chains in the coming decades, young people through their Climate Industries Sector will be able to quickly and efficiently address all climate related challenges wherever they may occur within their greater community.


The Green Climate Fund (GCF)


The United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) has been established with pledges from Developed Countries to help Developing Countries and Small Island States mitigate and adapt to climate change over the coming decades by providing grants and concessional loans. So far USD10.5 billion has been pledged and it is expected by 2020 more than USD100 billion / year will be pledged by developed countries.


The WCCC Scholarship Program


The WCCC Scholarship Pilot Program is based upon the premise that a small percentage of each Developed Country’s pledge to the Green Climate Fund should be used to fund relevant climate change related scholarships for students from DC’s and SIS’s to attend Undergraduate and Graduate course at Universities of the donor country.

"Climate Change is a global concern but for Vanuatu, it is a critical issue. As a South Pacific archipelago of 83 small islands, Vanuatu is especially vulnerable to the adverse impact of Climate Change. Vanuatu is ranked as one of the most 'at risk' nations in the world to natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, flash flooding, tsunamis, landslides and coastal erosion. It is absolutely essential that our young Ni-Vanuatu have access to the exciting opportunity represented by the 'Green Scholarship' Program to strengthen their knowledge base and capacity to identify and implement risk mitigation and adaptation strategies, policy and technology that will make Vanuatu more resilient."

Jotham Napat

Director General of Vanuatu's Ministry of Climate Change Adaptation


The Pilot Program


The four (4) year Pilot Program is the best way to fine tune all aspects of the global program while showcasing the benefits of a WCCC Scholarship Program supported by all stakeholders and participants.


In the first year of the Pilot Program it is anticipated that the GCF will help fund one thousand five hundred (1,500) full-ride undergraduate scholarships at one hundred & fifty (150) Universities from GCF Donor Countries which have elected to participate in the Pilot Program. Each Participating University will offer twenty (20), under & post graduate scholarships majoring in a Climate Industries related field of study.


In years two (2), three (3) and four (4) of the Pilot Program the number of participating Universities and scholarship places will be increased in line with funding increases.


Operational Framework


To prevent Universities getting swamped by thousands of WCCC Scholarship applications, applicants will in the first instance apply to the WCCC & In-Country Selection Panel which will appraise applicants against secondary school grades, TOEFL  scores, references, and submitted Climate Change Essay, etc. The Focal Point, or their appointed representative, of each DC or SIS participating in the Pilot Project will be invited to take part in the appraisal phase of the scholarship program for their country. 


Selected WCCC Scholarship recipients from each DC and SIS will then be allowed to apply for acceptance into the relevant course, at the designated participating University.


The National Designated Authority (NDA) or UNFCCC Focal Point of any Developing Country or Small Island State can Register to have their young people of their nation participate in the proposed WCCC Scholarship Pilot Program by clicking the button below:

Web Based Applications


Because DC’s and SIS’s, are spread across the entire face of the planet, the World Climate Change Challenge (WCCC) is developing a comprehensive web based ‘Information and Application Portal’ which will provide all the necessary information to young people from DC’s and SIS’s wishing to apply for a Scholarship, no matter where their location.

Information will include but not limited to:


  • Scholarship Eligibility and Guidelines 

  • Details of Climate Related Undergraduate and Graduate Courses being offered.

  • Detailed information of the tuition fees, travel, visa and living allowances covered by the scholarship.

  • Scholarship Application processes, requirements and timelines.

  • Detailed information and links to participating Universities and countries

  • Online Application Form for scholarships 


Benefits for Donor Countries


  • Gains a direct economic benefit from assisting DC’s and SIS’s fight climate change.

  • Builds strong ties with the climate Industries of DC’s and SIS’s through relationships built with scholarship students.

  • Help reduce reliance of DC’s and SIS’s on Developing Countries to fight climate change in their countries.

Benefits for Developing Countries


  • Creating an ever growing pool of highly educated workers capable of addressing the diverse array of ever changing problems Climate Change will cause to their respective countries in the coming decades.

  • Climate expertise remains within the country.

  • Create an opportunity for the brightest young people from DC’s and SIS to gain the qualifications needed to join their country’s Climate Industries Sector, irrespective of their social standing, ethnicity or sex.

  • The establishment of a Home Grown ‘Climate Industries Sector’.

  • Prepared for a generational fight against the impacts Climate Change will have on their country.

  • Prepared for a generational fight against the effects of Climate Change.

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