The 19th edition of the Earth Charter Italian Youth Contest was launched 25 October at a press conference at the Explora Museum in Rome.
Participants at the press conference included Green Cross Italy Founding President Guido Pollice and President and CEO Elio Pacilio, Educational Assessor of the Lazio Region Gabriella Sentinelli, actor Davide Silvestri, Professor and Coordinator of Oceanographic campaigns at the Italian Antarctic Programme (PRNA) Giorgio Budillon, journalist, writer and documentary filmmaker Fabrizio Carbone and journalist and director of Modus Vivendi magazine Marco Gisotti.
In addition to participating in the press conference, Davide Silvestri will also be an ambassador for the project starting with keeping a blog on www.immaginiperlaterra.it that will launch on 9 November. Moreover, a lucky group of students from participating schools will be selected to meet Davide.
The competition, however, will only officially start on 9 November, when the Italian President Giorgio Napolitano presents awards to last year’s winning students at the Quirinal Palace. Launched by Green Cross Italy to promote environmental education in schools this year’s theme is “Young Reporter of Climate Change: from saying to doing.”
There are many new initiatives for this school year, such as a new collaboration with the Explora Museum that will host three meetings with Italian students in the coming months. Environmental experts selected by Green Cross Italy will also visit schools to teach children about the challenges posed by climate change and biodiversity with the aim to promote sustainable practices and behaviours. With the support of PRNA a special a video-conference with the Italian Antarctic Station “Mario Zucchelli” will be broadcast at participating schools on 18 January to teach children about climate change in Antarctica.
The emissions generated by the web promotion of this initiative are quantified in kg CO2 equivalent by the Impact Zero® project of LifeGate, and compensated through the creation and protection of new forests in Madagascar.