MIT Climate CoLab has opened a public voting period to select the top innovative ideas on how to tackle climate change. A project of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence, Climate CoLab is an online platform where over 90,000 community members from around the world work together to develop and select proposals to help solve this massive, complex issue.
This year, Climate CoLab launched seven sector-specific contests focused on different issues related to climate change, such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions from energy supply, implementing a price on carbon, and shifting public attitudes and behaviors. Over the last couple of months, issue-expert judges evaluated the proposals submitted to the platform and selected 37 finalists.
From now until Jan. 15, members of the public are invited to cast their votes for one proposal in each contest. The author with the most votes will win that contest's Popular Choice Award and, along with the Judges' Choice winners, will receive a special invitation to present their idea at MIT, wide recognition by MIT Climate CoLab, and the chance to win a $10,000 Grand Prize, to be given to only one proposal from across the contests.
Serving as judges for the contests are over 30 experts from MIT, UN Environment, the William J. Clinton Foundation, the Center for Policy Research, the World Bank, WeSpire, Cares, FAO, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and many other institutes and organizations.
Finalists appear in the following categories:
- Shifting Attitudes and Behaviors
- Land Use: Agriculture, Forestry, Waste Management
- Energy Supply
- Carbon Pricing
To vote for favorite finalists, visit the Climate CoLab website, register for a free profile, browse the 2017 finalists, and select the "Vote for proposal" button on their proposal pages. Each registered voter can support one proposal per contest.