Recycling to be focus of 22nd Green Cross Italy Earth Charter contest

Green Cross Italy has launched the 22nd editions of its Earth Charter Youth Contest, and is calling on young people to join in by putting their ideas for garbage disposal into action.

“Teacher, where can I throw it away?” Separating waste collection at schools can be an exciting game. Paper, plastic, glass, aluminum: Every object goes in its place and, when it seems it is becoming useless, these items begin another journey, perhaps more adventurous than the first, a road that can change that product’s appearance, texture and nature.

School kids who will participate in the 22nd edition of Immagini per la Terra (Earth Charter Youth Contest), an initiative launched by Green Cross Italy, will be called to follow this journey during the school year 2013-2014, offering a training and educational path to discover the world of waste.

The title of the latest edition is “Da cosa (ri) nasce cosa (one things leads to another).” Its aim is to bring young people closer to the concept of the life cycle of goods, from design to production, to their transformation. Through such reflections, the aim is for the children to overcome the concept of waste, as something that is thrown away because nobody wants it, to understanding the urgent need for a correct disposal and recycling of all materials that accompany us in our daily lives.

Following the path indicated by the Zero Waste strategy in Europe, which aims to redesign the cyclic life of the resources to reduce the amount of waste discarded in rubbish dumps, making the number closer to zero, “Earth Charter Youth Contest” fully embraces the 4R’s philosophy: reduce, recycle, reuse, re-create.

The approach is scientific, the means are those of information and dissemination. In order to participate in the contest, students will have to produce a composition using different types of communication: a survey, a spot promotion, a video, a reportage, a comic book or whatever is chosen by students and teachers so that they should influence, through their good practices, the lifestyles of their peers.

Winners will receive a cash prize to support environmental initiatives in their schools. This year the competition is organized in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Scientific Research and Education (MIUR) and under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic, which traditionally receives the winners during an awards ceremony, together with some Ministers and representatives of the institutions.

For more information, email Anna Moccia at Green Cross Italy.

In 1994, Maurice Strong and Mikhail Gorbachev launched the Earth Charter initiative with support from the Dutch government. The Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just society with special emphasis on the world’s environmental challenges. The Charter seeks to inspire a new sense of global interdependence and shared responsibility.
  • The Earth Charter is endorsed has been around 6,000 organizations and almost 20,000 individuals.
  • The annual Earth Charter Youth Contest in Italy contributes to the environmental education of school children. It features an award ceremony with the President of the Italian Republic

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