We’ve heard time and time again that the role of youth is critical when it comes to building a greener, fairer and more just world; and while that statement is true, its execution can often feel tokenistic.

But the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community is proof of the vital role young people around the world have been, are and will continue to play in the pursuit to build a better world for everyone, everywhere. This community of over 14,000 ambitious, driven and passionate individuals is proof that change is possible through strong partnerships.

To mark the community’s ten-year anniversary, Project Everyone teamed up with the Global Shapers Community and Accenture to produce a report titled – Decade of Impact – Driving Action to Achieve the Global Goals. Created with the support of Salesforce, this report not only celebrates the community’s ten-years anniversary but also assesses its impact on the 17 Global Goals.

With COP26 taking place this month, the Decade of Impact report is a timely reminder that young people are not only demanding change but also leading the change. With individuals around the world working together within and across over 450 hubs, the previous decade was filled with tangible changes including:

  • Reaching and mobilising more than 11 million people in 150 countries
  • Planting almost 2 million trees worldwide
  • Lifting over 6,000 individuals out of poverty
  • Constructing 51 schools
  • Providing more than 2 million cooked meals
  • Volunteered 46,000 working days
  • Changed 37 policies

While we celebrate the incredible achievements of the Global Shapers Community, we also look ahead to 2030 and the changes we are yet to unlock. Seeing as 14,000 individuals can have such an incredible impact on the world in the space of ten years, this report serves as a message of hope for the Decade of Action, that progress is possible.

To make sure progress becomes a reality around the world, not only do we need to learn about the impact this community has had at the local, national and international level, but we also need to learn from the Shapers because they are proof that Goal 17 – Partnerships for the Goals – is a key component to change.

Read the full report and learn more about the community’s impact on each individual Goal.


On Wednesday 13th October The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited Kew Gardens to take part in a Generation Earthshot event with children from The Heathland School to generate big, bold ideas to repair the planet.

At the Royal Botanical Gardens Their Royal Highnesses joined the Mayor of London, explorer and presenter Steve Backshall MBE, Olympian Helen Glover MBE and school students to take part in a series of fun, engaging and thought-provoking activities.
The event celebrated Generation Earthshot, a new educational initiative delivered by our World’s Largest Lesson team in partnership with The Earthshot Prize and The Royal Foundation.

Generation Earthshot encourages students aged 10-15 and their teachers around the world to generate ideas to solve the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It aims to unlock the potential of the next generation of inventors, innovators and leaders who will inherit our world and inspire in them the enthusiasm to develop new solutions and protect our planet.

Speaking ahead of the inaugural Earthshot Prize awards later this month, The Duke invited teachers to get involved by using a free Generation Earthshot teacher toolkit and then sharing their students’ best environmental ideas to be showcased on the Generation Earthshot website.

The Duke of Cambridge said:


“Education is such an important part of protecting our planet. We must inspire in the next generation the optimism, confidence and enthusiasm to chase those solutions and to continue building a more sustainable future.

Generation Earthshot aims to educate young people and encourage them that together we can find the answers. That’s why I’m inviting teachers across the world to get involved, to get young people thinking about these issues and how new ideas can help us change course.

Children can be uniquely creative and I can’t wait to see some of the ideas that are shared with us.”

The first ever Earthshot Prize awards will be held on 17th October 2021 at the iconic Alexandra Palace in London. Broadcast to a global audience via the BBC and Discovery, the awards ceremony will celebrate the 15 incredible Finalists from around the world before awarding the first five Winners of The Earthshot Prize. These five solutions will have the potential to respond to the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet and will each receive £1 million to help them scale up.

It comes just weeks before the UK hosts COP26 in Glasgow from October 31st to November 12th. The climate talks will bring together heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. These actions include increasing the focus on climate and environmental education within school curriculums across the world.