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Number of entries in Chinese Children's Painting Competition up by One Million from 2008
20/ 04/ 2009

Number of entries in Chinese Children's Painting Competition up by One Million from 2008Winners of Chinese Painting Competition to be announced on World Environment Day - June 5


Beijing, 20 April 2009 - "Climate Change: Our Challenge" is the theme for the 2009 Chinese Children's Painting Competition on the Environment. Organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Luo Hong Foundation:the competition has recorded a significant increase in painting entries, from 1.3 million in 2008 to 2.3 million in 2009.

Children from 164 cities representing 20 out of 31 provinces took part in the competition. Out of the 355,968 paintings, 720 of them were selected for awards in different categories by a wide range of judges including artists, teachers, environmentalists and previous winners of the competition.

The imagination and enthusiasm of the children aside, it was evident from the messages and images in the paintings that the competition had been immensely successful in raising awareness on climate change and on the urgent need for both individual and collective action to combat it.

In an interview, Wang Zehao and Chen Jiedi, winners from the 2008 painting competition, confirmed that since participating in the painting competition, they had both changed their old "bad" habits to more environment friendly ones like saving energy and reducing waste.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Children's Painting Competition Chairperson, Ms. Liz Rihoy, thought the key achievement of the competition was the wide range of environmental conservation activities and initiatives that it catalyzed.

These included training for teachers on environmental education and activities; awareness raising campaigns through publicity materials such as posters and the web; and a tree planting campaign that has so far seen the planting of over 5,000 trees in 12 cities in China - with more planting scheduled for the month of May 2009.

In addition, the success of the painting competition has attracted other countries such as South Africa who have indicated the need and desire to start similar processes at their national levels.

For more information please contact:
Nick Nuttall, UNEP Spokesperson / Head of Media, on Tel: + 254 20 7623084 or e-mail: nick.nuttall@unep.org
Miss Xi Xi, Luo Hong Foundation, on Tel: +86-10-8589-5464 Website: www.woaihuanbao.com

Further Resources
Art for the Environment: Luo Hong
UNEP - Tunza for Children
International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment