• Indigenous people, local communities, young people, women and girls, should be leaders of climate action and not victims of climate policies.

    Archana Soreng Environmental Activist

Challenge aims to raise awareness, educate and motivate students to become an active agent of change. To run this challenge in school, a set of educational resources are available for teachers and students. Challenge activities have been designed to provide educational and fun experience to the students!

The set of educational resources have been developed for schools keeping current educational policies and curriculum in mind. Challenge activities can be easily integrated by teachers into different subject disciplines which will help in building important sustainability competencies. For running the challenge in schools, these resources can be referred to plan and conduct activities.

Challenge Brochure

Circle in the logo depicts planet earth. Gen word represents the current generation which is faced with climate challenges today and must be empowered. CAN stands for working towards finding solutions and taking action. Peepal leaf symbolizes valuing the traditional wisdom of climate friendly practices and lifestyles which we need to relearn as intergenerational knowledge.

Booklet on Climate Action Challenge

This booklet on the challenge is developed to help you to plan an appropriate, enjoyable and engaging educational programme for your student leaders’ team. The booklet can be used by teachers and students which is divided into five parts:

First part provides background information on what is climate change
Second part talks about why it is happening
Third part is on how it is impacting the environment, society and economy.
Fourth part explains the adaptation and mitigation ideas for climate action to be taken up at school and individual level.
Fifth part explains the four steps of challenge activities for students to apply learning in finding local level solutions.

Additional resources are provided on the website including reading material, case studies, videos, orientation presentation, web links and a glossary of key terms.

Reading Material

Here are few interesting additional educational resources for teachers and students to help you in planning and conducting challenge activities.


What is Climate Change ?
Climate Change : The Environment for kids
What is Carbon Footprint?
Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation & Vulnerability By IPCC


The challenge is a national level sustainability education initiative for schools. Aim is to work with schools through teachers who engage students to become climate literate and are able to showcase leadership in promoting local level climate actions and inspire others in the society.
Any school who is keen on becoming a climate action leader school can join this challenge.
HCL Foundation and Centre for Environment Education (CEE) have joined hands to conduct this national level Climate Action Leadership Challenge.
No, there is no registration fee for participation.
Our challenge is designed for schools who are keen to learn and act for the planet. Previous experience in the field of climate change education and action is not necessary.
A teacher in charge needs to be nominated to run the challenge in the school. Teacher will select a team of 5-8 students from classes 6-12 and guide them through the participation.
Schools can nominate anyone from school to be a mentor for the challenge such as a science, social science, language, math or other subject discipline teacher or administrator. Mentors’ role is to anchor the entire challenge with a team of the Student Challenge Leaders. It would be good to select a teacher teaching classes 6-12, not necessarily having expertise in climate change education.
Knowledge about the use of information and technology will be good. However, guidance will be provided through the challenge to use online tools and platforms.
Access to good internet connection is required for participation of teachers and students in online workshops and events. Knowledge about the use of information and technology will be good.
Yes, the nominated teacher will be trained on climate change concepts and their role in the implementation of the challenge by mentoring students and coordinating the programme in the school to serve in a role as a “Climate Action Mentor.”
By joining this challenge, the school is publicly declaring that they are committed to promote sustainability and climate change education in their school.
This is an annual programme where 8-9 months engagement is required by the school. Challenge activities require around 30 days to complete all steps and submit the report.
Up to 8 students are allowed to be part of the climate action leaders team from a school.
There is no qualifying score. Moving to the next step of the challenge is based on completion of activities and quality of work done at each step.
School team completing all four steps will be awarded with the participation certificate.
Yes, school reports selected as winners by evaluation committee will be felicitated with the award. Stories of climate action leader schools will be shared at national and global level. Schools, teachers and students will get further opportunities to continue their journey of becoming climate champions.
We’d love to hear from you with your little questions to your big questions. Send your queries to us on [email protected] and we will be back in touch right away!

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