ABC: A beginner's guide to Climathon


Unprecedented times call for new heroes.
Heroes like you.

The impacts of climate change are all around us, coming even harder and faster than the models predicted.

When global climate politics is stifling, it’s your turn to move. When business-as-usual is blind to the scale of the crisis we’re facing, you have the ability to envision.
When faith in policies to fix the problem is fading, our hope rests in people like you.

Seeds of change can sprout from a single idea. That is what Climathon is about. Climathon is a stage for those that want to act on behalf of the needs of our planet.

“Seeds of change can sprout from a single idea. That is what Climathon is about.”

The Time to Act is Now
Already, there is momentum on the streets. There is an inner fire among people to self-organise and take the climate crisis into their own hands. And home is where it counts. Real change is made within the communities and cities you take part in every day.

By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities.

Our cities must be carbon neutral by 2030, and the people that live in them are a powerful driving force towards that goal.  

Together, cities and their citizens are forming a global wave of change-makers. Only a combined effort can help humanity achieve the zero-emissions goal over the next 20 years. 

Through Climathon you have an opportunity to propel this wave forward.

What is Climathon?
Climathon is a city-based programme that offers a path to action and interaction. It is an opportunity for citizens to co-create ideas that address local climate challenges. 

Its intent is to raise climate awareness, disrupt the status quo, and rethink the places we live in and the future we want as citizens.  

At the core of the Climathon programme is an ideathon. The ideathon - Global Climathon Day - takes place on a single date in hundreds of cities across continents and many timezones. Powered by local organisers - people who know their cities and climate challenges best and carry the mission to bring people together. 

Over the span of 12-72 hours, a diverse group of participants ranging from policymakers to entrepreneurs, youth to business leaders, hackers to academics, and students to professionals, come together to collaborate on forward-thinking ideas.  

With their own communities in mind, these groups bring forth tangible projects, impact-driven start-ups and sustainable dialogues with local decision-makers.

Accelerating Ideas: The Global Climathon Awards
The most transformative solutions win prize money and their ideas are presented at the Global Climathon Awards. This annual event offers participants a stage to accelerate their climate innovations and meet other like-minded activists.  

Climathon is not clicktivism. It is a way for people to be truly involved in the evolution of their communities through city-citizen dialogue -- it’s a space for tangible creativity, climate solutions and, likely, a healthy dose of chaos.  

Over the past four years, the Climathon movement has grown from 600 to 6000 participants worldwide and the momentum is ever building. Now is the time to act. 

Together, we can unite our cities in the face of this global challenge.

Join us on this year’s Climathon journey.

Thanks to our global partners