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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 



UNC Charlotte | North Carolina, United States | Advancing SDG 5 & UNAI 9


" I am truly honored and blessed to be a part of the Millennium Fellowship. We live in a world full of uncertainty, chaos, inequality, and destruction. But if one chooses to both seek it and practice it, to be the change, then we can see this world filled with love, compassion, caring, and growth. The project I will participate in focuses on the Sustainable Development Goal of Climate Change. But, why? Why not choose another goal? To be honest, I wanted to work on behalf of Gender Equality; I still will. But for me it is because these two goals are the absolute foundation on which the rest are to be established. We do not have human society without an environment conducive to it. There is no reducing hunger if we cannot grow or obtain food due to climate. There is no reduction in poverty if we are unable to simply survive. We must work to be one with our environment; for we are, yet we reject this. Too, for Gender Equality, what better way to unlock the potential of the human race than to recognize half the human race as human, capable of contribution? Gender equality can stem racial, religious, sexual equality, etc. For if the world of Men were to open it's mind to see that the world of Humans has the most beautiful potential; maybe we'd even try fulfilling our potential. Maybe we'd choose to recognize it. See, we need to love ourselves and our world. That is why I do the works I do. This seeing ourselves and our world as something to love is a choice. Many choose to see only the worst in themselves and therefore, in their surroundings. I pray that I may, in any capacity, be the change. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: iAct

iAct is an interactive social media initiative to reach our university community and the greater Charlotte area with the potential for further outreach. Our focus would be on providing re-education, facts, and information about climate action through interaction with the online community and engagement at planned events in the real world. We aim to engage with the community and create interesting ways for all age groups to learn about the environment and ways to take care of it. To normalize sustainable actions, we will host community events on the university campus such as community pickups involving other on-campus groups or clubs, as well as daily events such as ‘Trashtalk Tuesday’ or ‘Salvage Saturdays’ to provide our social media audience with ways to be environmentally conscious. We will use social media analytics to determine progress towards our goal of 500-999 followers. We will also measure engagement for events from our online platforms with the hope that at least ⅓ of our online community is mobilized to spread the program.

About the Millennium Fellow

Christopher McLean is a faithful servant of Christ, an Eagle Scout and active adult Scouter, and an Undergraduate at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. These pillars of his life are cause for his calling to serve his fellow people and to seek to protect the world within which we live. Through Christ he knows that creation is a blessing. Through Scouting, how to actively appreciate and care for Nature while being a part of it and to give to others cheerfully as a servant leader. Through UNCC, to commit to growth, learning, and community. He is truly blessed to be a part of the MF Class of 2020.

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