This year took place the 21st edition of the Earth Charter Youth Contest. Like each year, Green Cross Italia promoted this environmental education initiative in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Education. Its aim is to teach and inspire the youth to become real environment superheroes and find solutions to our Earth’s problems. This year’s theme was focused on one of the biggest problems humanity faces today: “Inizia da te: l’acqua (Starts with you: the water)”.
The huge participation of kids from kindergartens and primary schools in the context of the International Year on Water Cooperation shows how this generation is committed to the safeguard of our “blue gold”. About 18.500 participants out of the total 30.000 were under 12.
“The game of life is over without water”
“Water is life but it’s not infinite, there’s not a drop to lose in saving life”
“All great men loved water. Save it and you’ll be great too”
These are some of the mottos created by the children during their learning paths: drawings, nursery rhymes, games and video clips, but also theatrical performances and town events. All their works prove that many small drops can really create a river of solidarity to support students from developing countries, who often have to walk for kilometers to ensure a few liters of water.
While a European citizen uses an average of 200-250 liters for drinking, washing and sanitation, an African inhabitant has access to only 20. For women and children it takes several hours of walking to collect water from safe and healthy sources. According to the World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organization, on a global scale, more then one person in six – equivalent to over 894 million people – doesn’t have access to clean water. By the year 2025, almost 2 billion humans will live in high hydrical risk regions.
“New generations are aware of the risks of natural resources shortage that we will face in the years to come, says Green Cross Italia President Elio Pacilio. This is why they commit themselves in building a sustainable future, using their creativity, their knowledge and all their enthusiasm. Thanks to the Earth Charter Youth Contest we have fostered their paths and we have launched a message that has been understood to perfection by children and youngsters. With the prize money we will deliver to winning schools we will contribute to value and safeguard the environment”.
The list of the winning schools can be found here!