This page last reviewed February 11, 2008

What happens next? 

When will I find out if I'm a champion? Champions will be notified prior to the interview weekend, scheduled for February 22-25, 2008.

What happens next? Champions will be invited to interview at one of two locations. Travel costs associated with the interviews will be reimbursed. The purpose of these interviews is to learn more about you and your enthusiasm for the issue. Naturally we are looking for people who are good at presenting their ideas. The judges will also be looking for team players; we want to find young people who will work well with their fellow champions and others.

Of the 20 California Climate Champions interviewed, three (and some alternates) will be selected to represent the United States during all-expenses-paid trips to London, U.K., March 24-30, 2008, and Kobe, Japan, May 18-25. The London event will include an opportunity to meet Climate Champions from other countries and prepare for the Japan trip, where the champions will participate in a youth component of a meeting among environment ministers of the G8 countries.

What is my role as a champion? California Climate Champions will participate in a range of activities and events, some of which might be meeting with people involved in climate change work, giving media interviews and helping develop an online community where others from across the state or even the country can be engaged. This network will be great for exchanging ideas on how to communicate about climate change, learning about what others are doing and building a statewide network of communicators.

What if I'm not selected for the international trips?
Don't worry you'll be busy with exciting activities in California such as:
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in climate change related events in California that the Climate Champions program will sponsor over the summer.
  • You will take part in a climate camp (date yet to be confirmed) where you will meet the other Champions, learn more about the issue and plan activities.
  • Via our website, with the other champions, you will help support the Champions that go to London and Japan, by helping shape messages and engaging others. 

 What will the Climate Champions Do?

The California Climate Champions program, sponsored by the California Air Resources Board ( and the British Council (, is one of a number of similar initiatives established in many countries around the world. Learn more about the International Climate Champions Program.

For further information on the California Climate Champions

contact Annalisa Schilla at or (916) 322-8514

Climate Change