EarthTech Challenge 2020 for Young Innovators Worldwide
About EarthTech Challenge
The challenge is aimed at achieving and creating an exponential impact on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals.
The SDGs are a call for historical and universal action to end poverty, resolve the climate crisis, protect biodiversity and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.
Each category covers one or more of the global objectives. The evaluation criteria will include the impact a presentation has on the Global Objectives. Teams can describe the impact that their idea or solution will have on the Global Objectives.
Poverty and inequality: more than one billion people still live in conditions of extreme poverty, many of them located in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Poverty ensures that people cannot access basic services such as medical care or primary education, and makes everyday life a great struggle.
This category includes the following global objectives: # 1. Without poverty; # 4. Quality education; # 5. Gender equality; # 8. Decent work and economic growth, # 10. Reduced inequalities; #sixteen. Peace, justice and strong institutions
Food, water and health: hunger is the leading cause of death worldwide, while many people around the world still do not have reliable access to clean water, sanitation or basic health services.
This category includes the following global objectives: # 2. Zero Hunger; # 3 Good health and well-being; # 6. Clean water and sanitation
Climate and energy: As the world’s largest nations grow and industrialize, solutions are needed to ensure that the world’s energy is clean, reliable and leaves no one behind.
Our dependence on fossil fuels is unsustainable and harmful, while the world needs to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
This category includes the following global objectives: # 7. Clean and affordable energy; # 13. Climate action
Sustainable futures: the population of our world is increasing, and to accommodate everyone, we need to build sustainable, intelligent and modern cities and communities.
We need to consume resources sustainably, reducing the impact on our natural resources and promoting sustainable industrialization.
This category includes the following global objectives: # 9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure; # 11. Sustainable cities and communities; # 12. Responsible consumption and production
Environment and biodiversity: the world’s oceans drive the global systems that make life on earth possible. Forests cover 30 percent of the Earth’s land, while plant life provides 80 percent of our diets. Caring for underwater life and life on earth is crucial to guarantee sustainable land, combat climate change and improve everyone’s standard of living.
This category includes the following global objectives: # 14. Underwater life; #fifteen. Life on earth.