The International Year of Global Understanding (IYGU) Story Maps Competition challenged young people from around the world to help raise awareness of the global implications of local everyday actions. Our world is undergoing profound social, cultural, and economic shifts, as well as a changing climate. Human actions play a key role in creating such worldwide challenges.

More importantly, human actions provide solutions to these challenges. If individuals know what their day-to-day routines mean for the planet, they can take appropriate action. Global understanding helps overcome the gap between knowledge and action, and supports policy decisions that promote sustainability. Congratulations to our contest winners below. And thank you to all those who submitted maps.