The climate crisis, plastic pollution, human rights abuses, injustice, poverty – the endless list of problems plaguing the planet can make a person want to bury their head in the sand. But while governments and politicians bicker over how to tackle the world’s woes effectively, the next generation is rising to the challenge.
Around the globe, some of the biggest environmental protests in history are being led by youth in over 130 countries. Millennials, now the largest generation in the Canadian workforce, are already making a significant impact in the evolving sustainability field. Hot on their heels, Generation Z – known as Generation Change – is considered the first generation prioritizing purpose over salary, according to research by the global youth consultants at Lovell Corporation.
Under 30s are passionate about protecting the environment and embracing equality. They also expect more from business, with Deloitte’s 2017 Millennial survey finding that 87 per cent of millennials believe “the success of a business should be measured in terms of more than just its financial performance.”
And so for our 5th annual 30 under 30 issue, Corporate Knights will recognize the top 30 individuals under 30 years old who are showing great leadership on sustainability issues in Canada. This year, we will recognize in particular those whose work aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. We’ll be announcing the winners in the Fall Issue of Corporate Knights magazine, published November 8, 2019.
What kind of work qualifies you for Corporate Knights 30 under 30?
Leaders in the sustainability could be young social entrepreneurs or business leaders, politicians or impactful bureaucrats, up-and-coming scientists or rising activists.
Our 2018 list included indigenous leaders, scientists, cleantech and social entrepreneurs, academics, educators, urban planners, ocean plastic researchers, social impact strategists, just to name a few. But don’t let that list limit who you nominate. As long as the nominee is working on making the planet a better place.
What’s the age cut off?
Anyone who is 29 or younger as of November 8, 2019 . Younger teens and children are encouraged to apply, as well.
Which regions are eligible to join?
If you live in Canada (most of the time, anyway), you can be nominated. We aim for the final list to represent Canada’s geographic and racial diversity.
What do we mean by “sustainable”? Meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2015, all United Nations member states adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with 17 sustainable development goals (also known as SDGs). Purpose-driven companies and organizations around the globe have since been incorporating SDGs into their mandates. So, this year Corporate Knights is connecting the 30 under 30 to those UN SDGs.