About

The aim of the annual “Climate Change Communication Prize” in the Czech Republic is to highlight the importance of information and knowledge about climate change for awareness raising, discussion and solutions to the major issue of the time.

So far, climate change is faster than people’s ability to respond adequately. The climate crisis is evolving. Solutions exist, but they need to be implemented without delay. The challenges posed by the crisis are complex and require cooperation across sectors, disciplines, social groups and countries.

Sociological surveys (Eurobarometer, CVVM) show that the people in Czechia are interested in the issue of climate change, but still lag behind the European average in understanding of the urgency. There is still little knowledge about the topic, even among students. In fact, not much is being taught about climate change in schools, although changes in the education system are underway.

The Climate Change Communication Prize aims to contribute to the education and cultivation of reliable, factual and current knowledge-based debate that is key to effectively address one of the most pressing global challenge.

The Prize also aims to bridge some differences of opinion and to promote a culture of critical debate between different disciplines, which would help to eliminate some of the divisions over the complex issue.

Estalished in 2019 by the United Nations Information Centre Prague, the Prize has been organised jointly by the UN office in Czechia and the Learned Society of the Czech Republic.

Nomination and selection

The laureate is selected by the Nomination Committee composed of representatives from major institutions dealing with climate change. Membership in the committee is honorary and personal.

Nomination Committee 2020:

Čadek Ondřej, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University
Dlouhý Jiří, Environment Centre, Charles University
Derynková Michaela, Czech Social Awards
Gailly Yvonna, Ecological Institute Veronica
Havránek Miroslav, CENIA, Czech Environmental Information Agency
Jungwirth Tomáš, Centre for Transport and Energy, AMO
Kalaš Petr, Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Kárníková Anna, Hnutí DUHA – Friends of the Earth Czech Republic
Kvasničková Barbora, student, activist
Marčík František, Save food
Marek Michal V., Global Change Research Institute, CAS (CzechGlobe)
Mašková Martina, Czech Radio
Míková Taťána, Czech Television
Müllerová Hana, Institute of State and Law, CAS
Nerudová Danuše, Mendel University in Brno
Nováčková Jitka, influencer
Pixová Michaela, Climate Coalition
Pyšek Petr, Institute of Botany CAS, Faculty of Science, Charles University
Svobodová Hana, TEREZA Educational Center (GLOBE program)
Smolková Lucie, student, activist
Sutlovičová Klára, European Climate Foundation
Šabacká Marie, Centre for Polar Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Tolasz Radim, CHMI, IPCC, first winner of the Prize
Zamouřil Jakub, Czechsight

Honorary Co-Chairs (without the right to nominate and select the Laureate):

Michal Broža, UN Information Centre Prague
Pavel Jungwirth, Learned Society, Institute of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry CAS

Selection criteria:

  • The Prize is aimed at experts, academics, professionals in fields that directly and indirectly deal with climate change. It is not a journalistic award (it is not ruled out that it will be extended to media professionals in the future).
  • Language: communication in Czech environment in Czech or Slovak.
  • Media outputs.
  • Activity on social networks. Not only on one’s own profile(s), but also the ability to enter into discussions and explain, refute myths and clarity to discussions through factual arguments.
  • Speeches in public forums: conferences, seminars, television / radio discussions, social gatherings.
  • Active participation in professional or interest organizations dealing with issues related to global climate change.
  • Ability to engage in dialogue on climate change and its context with the young generation.

Tasks of the Nomination Committee:

  • Selection of the Laureate.
  • Members of the committee will adhere to principles of impartiality, transparency, support the principle of excellence and strive for the widest possible representation of disciplines represented by the Nominees.
  • In their decision-making, they will respect values ​​of diversity and equality and will take into account objectives of climate action at European and global levels.
  • Members of the Committee will ensure compliance with the “Objectives and Principles” of the Prize and will support their development in the future.
  • Membership in the committee is honorary and personal, lasts one year and can be renewed. Prize winners will automatically become members of the committee.
  • Composition of the committee must be representative and take into account representation of all major societal actors (academia / science, education, public administration, non-profit sector, private sector, media).

Laureates

2019

RNDr. Radim Tolasz, Ph.D.

climatologist, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Representative of the Czech Republic in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), expert of the World Meteorological Organization

Dr. Radim Tolasz has long strived to popularize climate change in terms of scientific knowledge, especially climatology and meteorology. He writes a regular blog, appears in the media and in public forums, communicates on social networks about the causes and possible effects of climate change, explains complex climate phenomena including activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in simple language. He publicly communicates his views on possible adaptation and emission reduction solutions. As the representative of the Czech Republic in the IPCC, he has played an important role in presenting the Reports of this international scientific panel to the Czech public since 2014. Through his activities in the field of public awareness, dr. Tolasz is an example of a scientist who understands the correlation between science, politics and public life.