ECF Young Environment Ambassadors Programme

Over the past few years, the field of climate activism has seen new young faces taking the reins, the most prominent being, Swedish activist Greta Thunberg and Nisreen Elsaim from Sudan, who chairs the UN Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change.

To position Hong Kong’s younger generation front and centre of creating a more our sustainable future and help them instigate change, Civic Exchange is organising a ECF Young Environment Ambassador (YEA) Programme. With the support from the Environment and Conservation Fund, we believe this will build awareness of climate change among Hong Kong’s youth as well as help nurture “Issue Experts” trained in climate science, design-thinking skills, and with hands-on experience.


1. Raise awareness and understanding among Hong Kong’s students and youth on the causes and consequence of climate change

2. Promote local sustainable lifestyle through ambassador training, community projects and peer exchange

3. Nurture students to become the next generation of climate leaders and empower them to take ownership of their community projects

What will students gain:

  • An understanding of environmental issues and challenges facing Hong Kong and the world
  • Skillsets and confidence in discussing climate issues
  • Become Issue Experts and “Community KOLs (key opinion leaders)” on climate science and sustainability
  • Exposure to Hong Kong’s climate leaders in Government, the corporate sector and civil society launch and lead community projects delivering tangible impact meet new, like-minded friends

Upon completion, participants will receive:

  • An official certificate
  • A chance to win a cash prize at the YEA competition
  • For outstanding participants, a chance to intern with selected NGOs

About the Programme

The ECF YEA programme will be in three phases, LEARN-ACT-LEAD and will create a community of 60 young environmental leaders over 12 months. The programme will offer a summer of intensive workshops and training sessions to equip participants with the knowledge and skills needed to become Climate Changemakers. Using their new skills, participants will plan and implement community projects with the support of Civic Exchange and its partners.

Learning phase

(July 2021 – August 2021)

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Acting phase

(August 2021 – January 2022)

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Leading phase

(January 2022 and Beyond)

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Enrolment Closes on 30 June
Opening Ceremony 10 July
Field Visit to Mil Mill, the first pulp mill and education centre that recycles beverage cartons in Hong Kong 12 July
Session 1 – Skills sprint 17 July
Session 2 – Knowledge sprint 24 July
Field Visit #2 - TBD 27 July
Session 3 - Skills sprint 31 July
Session 4 - Knowledge sprint 7 August
Human Library & Session 5 - Skills sprint 14 August
Session 6 - Knowledge sprint & Session 7 – Community project conceptualisation 21 August
Session 8 – Community project planning 28 August
Execution of community projects + monthly check-in September - December 2021
Presentation/ Pitch competition Late January 2022
Award Ceremony Late February 2022


Fee: Free


  • F.4 – 6 students with good academic standing and good communications skills in English and Cantonese
  • Students with demonstrated leadership potential and interest in sustainability

Cantonese supplemented by English. This will be an excellent opportunity for local students to hone their language skills while expanding their global perspectives.


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