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  • July 2010 The Little Angels of the Environment Cameroon, Kirbi, Cameroon Little Angels of the Environment cameroon held a holiday activity with children involving beach clean up and tree planting around the beaches for our planet.
    Posted by Priscilla Song from Kirbi, Cameroun
  • 30 July To 2 August 2007 United Nations Environment Programme Children's Conference On The Environment: Yaounde, Cameroon ShangaiWe left Zimbabwe at 11am on Saturday 28 July 2007 and arrived in Yaounde, Cameroon at 9.30pm the same day. We were welcomed in a hospitable way. There were many people from other countries. The organisers took us to Hotel Monte Febe where we were going to stay. Upon arrival at the hotel we were given food and thereafter went to bed. The conference started on Monday the 30th of July. We went to the conference centre at around 9:45am.The opening ceremony started with the Cameroon National Anthem and after that there was a welcome address from a Government Delegate to the Yaounde City Council. This was followed by opening remarks by the Prime Minister (The Head of Government). Later we had our lunch. Presentations started after lunch. The topic for Day 1 was Climate Change & Food Security. We had action group meetings and the Topics suggested for discussion were:

    Climate change, its global effects and effects for Africa, what can we do
    Ozzy Ozone, Green house effect, Global warming, Ozone layer
    Food Security
    Sustainable Agriculture, soil treatment

    Renewable Energy I joined the action group which was looking at Food Security.The most important lesson I learnt was that food security is having adequate food for the country and that a country should always have enough food reserves to feed its people in times of drought and other natural disasters. As a continent of Africa we should also have enough food to share with other countries which may be in need.

    After this fruitful workshop we went back to the hotel. We played some games & socialized with my fellow participants. We also had time for swimming. After dinner we went up to our rooms to relax.

    Day 2 began with breakfast at 6.30am.We had a Tree Planting Ceremony along Mont Febe road. This was a very interesting experience to me because l managed to make my contribution to the BILLION TREE PLANTING CAMPAIGN. We had a guided study tour to Mbalmayo Forestry School where we were shown different types of trees. We were also shown shown big beds of seedling. These included the ebony tree. The ebony tree is a hardwood which is commonly found in Cameroon

    After lunch we had Children's Presentations on Forests and Biodiversity. I managed to get a lot of useful insights from these presentations. We discussed topics that had been suggested thus:

    Overview of Forests in Cameroon
    Afforestation activities After the workshops we departed for the hotel .On arrival at the hotel we had our action group meetings while the chaperones were having their meeting. After the meetings we had dinner and later on that night we had a cultural evening where children from Different cultures performed their talents. There after we went to bed.

    Day 3 began with breakfast as usual. After breakfast we departed for the conference centre .The main topic for Day 3 was Water, Sanitation and Waste Management. We had a speech from Mrs Dona Goodman who works with UNICEF. After the speech we had some presentations on Water and Sanitation Waste Management. Later on we had some workshops. The suggested topics were:
    Waste Water treatment: purification
    Water supply in urban and rural areas
    Hygiene and sanitation, prevention skills We also had free time to visit other children's exhibitions.

    After lunch the workshops continued but with newly suggested topics which were:
    Waste management: recycle, reuse, reduce, and Repair.
    Waste management: techniques-Environmental NGO-Cameroon We were also given time for shopping before dinner on this day. We then went for dinner and after that we had Action Group Meetings again where we discussed events which took place during the day.

    Day 4 began with breakfast at 6.30am. At the Conference venue the day began with a keynote speech then about 4 children gave their presentations. I was honored to do a presentation on Drylands and Deserts and to me this was the most exciting part of the conference.

    The main topic of the day was Drylands and Deserts. We had workshops on the day's topic. The day’s simulation was led by Mr.Wagnoun. Other topics we discussed were:
    Desertification in Africa: Consequences (poverty, hunger)
    Farmer's situation
    Soil Management
    Preventive skills and reversal methods
    Public Awareness Strategies.

    After lunch we had a briefing of the 2008 International Children’s Conference on the Environment which will be held in Stavanger, Norway. The invited guests arrived after the briefing, then had a reading of the final communiqué’. After that there was a presentation of certificates to participants. I also received my certificate of participation.

    At 1630 we had the closing remarks. The Children’s Representative gave a vote of thanks. A representative from Miss Angele SY-Luh and the Minister of Environment and Nature Protection said their final words to all the delegates who were present. At 1700 we had a closing cocktail, song and drama performance. Then we left for the Airport.

    I will end my presentation by stating that the conference fruitful and well organized. The program was simple and easy to follow. It involved very interesting activities. I personally enjoyed the study tours and field trips. We learnt a lot about the environment and how we can conserve and maintain it. I will definitely use the knowledge I gained in my country, home, and the community I live in and also at schools. I have already started planting some trees. Since there is limited space to plant trees at my home my project will mainly involve growing seedlings for distributions to members of the community. There is a shortage of electricity in my country at the moment and trees are now very important to a lot of people because they use trees as firewood for cooking and light. This is why I want to encourage Afforestation projects in my country. Since our country has been facing droughts recently I now know that through tree planting we can reduce desertification and dry lands. I also want to join organization involved in environmental management in my country so that I can learn more and share ideas about the environment with them.

    In my country today environmental issues are very important. Tree and grass are being destroyed as a result of uncontrolled veld fires and cutting down of trees. For example, when we were travelling back to my home town with parents after the conference a huge veld fire, which had been started by some hunters, went on to completely burn a big truck which had broken down on the side of the main road. We just watched helplessly. Our journey was delayed by two hours because of the big fire and dark smoke coming from the burning truck. This uncontrolled burning is also causing land degradation, killing animals, birds, and insects and destroying their habitat. Land degradation is also being caused by uncontrolled panning for minerals such as gold, diamonds, chrome etc.

    I am very grateful to the conference organisers for affording me the opportunity to attend this very important Conference, I experienced something which l feel very privileged to have done and that was being able to mix with so many children who come from different places which l had only heard about, let alone share first hand experiences. There are very few people who can say they have done that and l hope that you will be able to help so many others to come to this conference because l learnt such a lot. I think that if every young person had the opportunity to express their views and think like we were all thinking, the world would be a far better place. Long live idealists! So l wish you luck for the future.

    Lastly it is my sincere hope that I will be given a chance to attend the Conference to be held in Norway next year, it obvious that were there is such a large gathering there is wealth of diverse experiences, I hope to tap into that diversity to see what l can be able to implement.

    Thank you.
    REPORT COMPILED BY SHINGAI DUMBA
  • 2009 MESSAGE DE MR LE COORDONNATEUR DU PROGRAMME ENO AU CONGO, POUR LA CAMPAGNE SUR LE CHANGEMENT CLIMATIQUE 2009 Le programme ENO est un exemple stimulant de solidarité local et de coopération international qui démontre que les gents dans les différentes structures peuvent changer le cours des choses. Nous avons entre nos mains la possibilité d'améliorer notre qualité de vie et celle de nos communautés. Le Programme ENO apporte une contribution des plus précieuses à la protection et à la santé de l'environnement à l'échelle mondiale. Il sensibilise l'opinion sur les conséquences plus étendues des modes de vie moderne motivant les gents à lutter non seulement contre la déforestation et planter les arbres, mais aussi à évaluer leurs impacts moins visibles sur l'environnement sans se laisser décourage par le défi.

    Les participants à cette campagne sur le changement climatique ont fait le premier pas vers une amélioration de la situation lorsqu'ils ont pris des mesures à l'échelle locale pour que les gents prennent d'avantage conscience comment leurs actions polluent l'air, l'eau, le sol et les océans de la planète.

    Le Programme ENO implique tous les secteurs de la société- l'industrie, les gouvernements, les organisations non gouvernementales, les écoles et les médias. La collaboration des millions de personnes dans plus de 122 pays est la clé de l'incroyable réussite du Programme ENO.

    Les efforts collectifs de tant de personnes démontrent manifestement que de trouver desolutions aux nombreux problèmes urgents confrontant notre planète, commence par les mesures prises par chacun d'entre nous.

    Pour 2009, le programme ENO à choisi le titre du changement climatique : UN GESTE COMPTE, NOUS AVONS BESOIN DE CHANGEMENT ! Comme slogan de la campagne. Ce samedi 17 Janvier, nous organisons cette campagne et s'en suivra d'autres actions du 19 au 25 Janvier 2009 dans les 121 pays. Ceci montre que nous devons tous faire face au changement climatique.

    Environ deux millions d'enfants de moins de cinq ans meurent chaque année d'infection respiratoire aiguë, aggravées par la pollution de l'air intérieur et atmosphérique.

    Les villes sont responsables de la majorité des émissions de dioxyde de carbone, le principal gaz à effet de serre qui est la cause du changement climatique.

    Le programme ENO s'efforce aussi d'apporter les solutions technologiques d'éducation environnementale rationnelle dans les écoles. Son programme d'éducation environnementale viable aide les structures qui ont un programme éducatif pour planifier et gérer leur environnement et à partager les leçons tirées avec les gouvernements locaux et nationaux à travers le monde.

    La conservation, la préservation et la protection de l'environnement nous concernent tous.Conservant notre planète pour les générations future et le développement durable. Je vous remercie
  • 2009 Waste management lessons for young people. Ghana Here, we have a range of fun and interactive activities designed to help children and young people think about their waste and possibilities of reducing, reusing and recycling.

    All the activities are delivered using basic home, school and community scenery and illustrations to help the learner come to terms with what Waste Management can be.
  • 14/9/07-14/9/07 Environmental Sustainability Focusing on Garbage Disposal in Kenya 14/9/07 Futurekids Community Based Organization School Future kids community based primary school situated in the slums of Mathare North on 14/9/07 - 16/9/07 did participate in clean up awareness campaign in line with Global goal of Environmental sustainability focusing on garbage disposal. The community joined the rest of the world activity in celebrating the noble annual event of clean up.

    Day I 14/9/07
    COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION
    The community was mobilized and educated on conservation and clean environment through (a) poems (b) songs (c) skits, plays and drama (d) speeches from various stakeholders. (e) placards carrying messages on importance of conservation and keeping environment clean.

    DAY II 15/9/07
    The following activities were carried out to achieve the main objectives. Pupils and members of the community did separate the organic and inorganic waste from piles as garbage within the region. Pupils and community members did collect the waste food and feed to pigs which are reared by some community members as part of recycling the waste. Pupils and community collected the wasted like plastic, tins and other recyclable materials for sell. The collected funds was ploughed back into the community funding kitty.

    DAY III 16/9/07
    The community offered the following tools for working - Wheelbarroows - spades - jembes - shovels - pangas The community got involved in cleaning of stagnant sewage waters, clearing bushes along the estates areas, draining tunnels, and trenches, etc. The estate was left spotlessly clean. The plastic bags were provided and community educated on better disposal skills.

    DAY III AFTERNOON
    The activities ended up by climax of speeches from various leaders, recitation, dances, drama and other various activities by school children on the importance of having a clean environment, free shopping bags made from gunny bags, synthetic bags and also from waste cotton material, with message “YATUNZE MAZINGIRA” Kiswahili slogan translated KEEP OUR ENVIRONMENT CLEAN were worn by many participants. The raffle raised Ksh. 3,200.

    CONCLUSION
    We believe the community participated fully to achieve one of the subtopics of the millennium goals.
    Lydia Joan Munyala
    For FUTUREKIDS COMMUNITY BASED ORGANIZATION SCHOOL
  • 2005 Tree Nursery in Ruaraka, Nairobi, Kenya After I attended the International Children's Summit 2005 in Japan, I realized the importance of planting trees. I was the environment prefect of my school. When we wanted to plant trees we found that the saplings were very expensive. That's when I decided to start a nursery.

    Initially, I just thought of raising a few seedlings which I could plant later on along with my friends but eventually, I made a plan to raise 1000 seedlings. The first question which came to my mind was 'Where do I get the seeds?' I approached Kenya Forestry Seed Centre. I bought about 1000 seeds from here.

    Next was to look for an appropriate place to plant them. Where I live there was no vacant area so I got help from my father. I planted the seeds in his office grounds, in Ruaraka, Nairobi. I planted about 400 seeds in the month of July, 2006. The names of the seeds are : Prinnas Africane, Markhomia Lulea, Corbia abyssinica, and Calodendrum Capense. All these are indigenous.

    I regularly checked them. I was so happy when they started to grow. Now they have grown to about 10 inches. I have about 350 seedlings which I think will be ready to be planted by April 2007. When I thought of this project I knew nothing. When I started it I learnt a lot like where to get the seeds and how to plant them. This project gave me satisfaction of having done something for the environment.

    I would like to collect more and more seeds of different variety, observe their growth patterns and make adjustments where necessary. Growing these seedlings gave me an opportunity to learn a lot of things like the names of many indigenous trees and I am, at present, having high hopes that by the next year they will be well developed so as to entertain my next project - planting them!
    Ranjani Dharmarajan, KENYA
  • 20/10/2005 Tree Planting at Ndakaini Dam 20/10/2005 Kenya Ranjani Dharmarajan After I attended the International On the 20th of October, I went for tree planting in Ndakaini Dam. Ndakaini Dam is the main source of drinking water for Nairobi. In the empty areas surrounding the dam, trees were planted. This programme was organized and funded by The Bharatiya Swayamsevak Sangh, Nairobi. I planted 20 trees.
    Ranjani Dharmarajan, KENYA
  • 18/10/2007 Total Eco challenge Award for 2007: 18/10/2007 Kenya Naylee Nagda and  Bertrand Fontanges at the at Total Gala night on 18 October 2007 Naylee Nagda won the Total Eco challenge Award for 2007. There are now more than 2000 projects registered with eco challenge, ranging from single individuals to major corporations. Naylee was selected as the youngest tree planter. She was awarded a badge of honour of "Tree Ambassador" for her exceptional personal planting efforts and help and inspiration to others.

    Naylee's achievements were nationally recognized, by the Managing Director of Total Kenya, Bertrand Fontanges at the at Total Gala night on 18 October 2007 at Intercontinental Hotel.
    Ranjani Dharmarajan, KENYA
  • 17/09/2007 Celebrating 7 years of tree planting at the Kikuyu Springs 16,000 seedlings the final tally for our Planet in Kenya Juhudi Childrens' Club visited the Kikuyu Springs on Saturday, 17th November 2007 for what has now become an annual tree planting ritual in the last seven years. We were joined by staff members of our partners Nairobi Water Company and children from Thomas Barnado House. Despite the rains, we were able to plant 2,000 indigenous seedlings bringing the final tally of the trees that have planted here to 16,000.

    We take pride in this initiative and subsequent results – and acknowledge the very positive life lessons and environmental passions that we have build. It was very satisfying watching children whom we planted trees with seven years ago marvel at what their innocent efforts then have turned out to be.

    As a Club we have adopted environment and conservation education as a central component in our programmes. We Green the Amboseli National Park every year in August over the last six years and recently launched the Growing up Green in six schools in Ndeiya Location of Limuru District – to encourage every child who enrolls in class to plant a tree.

    I thank all our parents, Nairobi Water Company and UNEP for their support and partnership. I also thank all the children for lending their hands and hearts to enrich nature. We will be seeking permission from the Nairobi Water Company to develop Kikuyu Springs as a Biodiversity Learning Centre for children and pray that the necessary technical and financial support will be received as well.

    David Kimani, Programmes Director
  • 14 - 16 September 2007 Clean Up The World Week 14 - 16 September 2007 In Liberia Clean Up The WorldThe Clean Up the World Campaign for 2007 with theme "Our Climate, Our Actions, Our Future" channels community action towards addressing the causes of climate change.

    In Liberia, this year, through the guidance of Center for Environmental Education and Protection of Liberia, (CEEP (Liberia)), Lionel Eben , after participating in the Children's Regional Environment Conference in Yaounde, in July 2007; decide to practice what you preach by mobilizing female children in his community, Topkah Camp, Old Road, Sinkor, Monrovia to clean up the community.

    On Sunday, 16 September 2007, a group comprising of ten children started sensitizing the community and cleaned up garbage in the community. Waste reduction was accomplished by their action and educating community residence on waste management. Attached are pictures depicting their actions and list of the children who participated with the only male being Lionel Eben.

    Prepared: Nora G. Bowier
    Assistant Programme Officer
  • 5 June 2007 World Environment Day at Swami Sivananda State Secondary School, Mauritius. British Council School MauritiusA pertinent idea conveyed by Confucianism, suggests that any reform should be preceded by a change of the mindset, most probably through education, in order to be sustainable. On June 5th, 2007, the ANDIUSANA partnership of the British Council Connecting Classrooms project in Mauritius celebrated the World Environment Day, by honouring its pledge made in the context of the UNEP Billion Trees campaign, with the objective of creating awareness among young people about global warming issues. The event gathered up more than a hundred enthusiastic students.

    "We feel that we have successfully met our goals, as seen from the concern shown by the students. Below are a few quotes gathered from the participants in the project"says the school Rector Melinda Mounsmie Oosman: The students noted: "Its my pleasure to inform you that I was extremely happy by the word that the British Council representative had said, and I want to collaborate with them... on June 6th, 2007 after noting that they have planted some trees in our school yard, I went home to have some plants in my yard, to protect us from the greenhouse effect..."Dyall Indoolee. "Our planet is in our hands... protect it". Hoorvashi Sookee: "... that made us think there are a lot of problems on earth... the more we plant the more safe the earth will be.". Hashnee Chulan: "... I realised that there are many weather problems in the outer world...". Lovena Soobaul: "... After a small speech of a man from British Council, I realised that there are many problems of weather in the whole world...".

    Phillip Goodwin the British Council Regional Director for East, West Africa, is confident that this project will help young people develop as active citizens who will make a positive contribution to their communities and to building a safer world.

    Prepared: Nora G. Bowier
    Assistant Programme Officer
  • 5 June 2007 Tree Planting in Namibian School Ground This year British Council Connecting Classrooms project schools in Namibia engaged in tree planting during the World Environment day. Elizabeth Githinji the projects Co-ordinator for Sub Saharan Africa, hopes that through this project young people can learn to protect the beauty, integrity and harmony of the biological and cultural diversity in Africa.

    In Namibia, students from Hochland High School, Auas Primary School and the Lenazi Cluster planted three species of indigenous trees: Sideroxylon Inerme / Milkwood; Platycladus nana compacta and Bolusantus speciosus. The tree planting exercise was a special occasion and over 600 learners and 10 teachers took part. The schools hope to place benches underneath the trees once they have grown; these areas will be designated park areas and used for recreation.

    Trees were planted in different areas of the school grounds to encourage learners to use all parts of the school. Terrain prefects will care for trees – monitoring on a regular basis. Teachers (Geography and Environmental Studies) will monitor the nurturing of the trees. Manure and extra soil have been purchased for upkeep of the trees. The teachers also hope to use the trees in their curriculum for natural science projects.
  • 5 June 2007 Rwanda joined the clean up the world week end - New Generation Association New Generation Association from Rwanda joined the clean up the world week end on 14 to16 September by organizing young people near the market of Kacyiru to clean the surroundings of the market. Many young people joined the group and on Saturday morning 15th September they were ready to clean the market surroundings. After this action young people and the residents near Kacyiru market were amazed to see how each person's action can make a difference to make our environment clean.

    These young people were encouraged to know that millions of people around the world are undertaking the clean up the world as they were. We hope that other young people around the world joined this clean up the world week end and that our environment has benefited from this clean up the world week end.
  • 5 June 2006 Planting Trees in Senegalese SchoolsTo celebrate World Environment Day in 2006, students in schools in Senegal involved in the British Council Connecting Classrooms Project committed part of their school day to tree planting. Students & teachers from Djinabo High School, Tete Diadhiou Junior Secondary School & Biram Beye Primary School participated in this exercise. They planted various indigenous trees within the school compound and committed to nurturing the trees.

    It is their hope that this will reassert the importance of respecting and protecting the environment and living in harmony with it. Jane Henry the Project Manager for Connecting Classrooms hopes that this project will continue to encourage young people to enhance their intellectual, practical and creative skills & capabilities at individual and collective levels. By so doing the young people will contribute considerably to the advancement of ideas and practices on global issues such as the environment.
  • 5 June 2008 Climate Change Through the Eyes of Children from Seychelles Climate Change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Failure to respond to that challenge will stall and then reverse international efforts to achieve sustainable development. Small islands like the Seychelles will suffer the earliest and most damaging setback, even though they have contributed least to the problem.

    It is for these reasons that the United Nation's World Environment Day (WED) theme for 2007 and 2008 focus on the issue of climate change. WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and action.

    School children have to understand the causes and effects of climate change and how they can reduce its impact. Children living on small islands like the Seychelles will in future be the group of people who will feel and experience the real impact of climate change on small islands. It is therefore important that they learn about climate change issues as early as possible. It is for these reasons that the Ministry of Education is intensifying its Climate Change education programme. Climate change Education features in the five year development plan of the Ministry of Education and already several trainings and activities have been organised to raise awareness on this issue. One important event was the Children's Climate Change Show. The event was also one to support the Sea-Level Rise Foundation an initiative of the President.

    To celebrate this year's WED, the Ministry of Education organised a poster, poem, song and short play competition based on climate change. The winners of the poem, short play and song competition participated in a concert at the ICCS entitled Children's Climate Change Show. All schools in the country, including Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette came down to see the concert. Political leaders, like President James Michel, Vice President Joseph Belmont and the Minister for Environment, as well as the Education Minister were also present to support our young artists and heat the views of our children.

    During the show, winners of the different competitions also received their prizes. The two main sponsors of the event, President James Michel and Cable and Wireless received tokens of appreciation from the schools. These presents were made from recycled materials and were fabricated by staff and students of our star price Eco-Schools competition, La Digue School.

    The Ministry of Education would once again thank all its sponsors, our judges and all those who were present for show, especially President James Michel. Other sponsors were British High Commission, Ambassade de France, Paradise Sun Resort (Pralsin), Acajou Hotel (Pralsin), Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Hotel, Banyan Tree Resort, SCMRT-MPA, Allied Seychelles Ltd, Environment Trust Fund, Seychelles Island Foundation, Seychelles Tourism Board, Island Conservation Society, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of Australia , UNESCO, Convention of Biodiversity Office (UNEP).

    The Ministry of Education would like to compile all the songs on CD which can then be used to raise people awareness on climate change issues. Anyone interested, please contact the Environmental Education Unit, Ministry of Education, on 283057/283191.
  • 5 June 2008 Billion Tree Campaign Activities in Mwanza, Tanzania Climate Change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Failure to respond to that We recently planted 20 trees as a donation to the local church as part of our participation in the Billion Tree Campaign. We planted the trees 10 kilometers from where we live. Some villagers also assisted in the planting by bringing water and manure. After planting, we asked the church leader to take care of the trees by watering them. The leader promised to care for the trees. We have since visited the tree planting site, and saw that villagers were also caring for the trees by watering them everyday.
    Children's Health and Environment Caretakers (CHEC)
  • May 2009 Climate Girl Website: May 2009 My goal for this website is to communicate different issues about the environment, in particular climate change and ecology to kids around the world. I became really interested in the environment when I was about six years old, I am now 16.

    Climate Girl is focussed on solutions, a catalyst for change, politically neutral, passionate, optimistic, realistic and most importantly educational. My aim for Climate Girl is to inspire, engage, and activate individuals (children and youth), communities and schools to become agents of change.

    Climate Girl was launched in May 2009 because I want to have a clean sustainable future for my generation and for the generations that will follow. I want to see our planets natural capital replenished instead of seeing it continuing down its current path of irreplaceable damage, losing precious ecosytems and pushing animals to extiction. The planets biodiversity is precious because that is how we (all life) are connected, so it is vital that we protect it. I am interested in system changes, moving from linear systems to closed loop systems. Closed loop system exist in nature therefore waste does not exist in nature.

    I am interested in Biomimicry - looking to nature to inspire solutions for out planets environmental issues. I am passionate about environmental education and passsionate about education for kids in developing countries becuase without an education they will not be able to break the poverty cycle.
  • May 2009 Environmental Sustainability

    tree day National Tree Day was celebrated on the 21st of July 2007 in Katherine with many adults and children turning up at the local Museum to plant native tree and shrub species to beautify the grounds. The day was supported by Katherine Landcare and many local businesses. Participants were lucky enough to be given participation gifts including Planet Ark t-shirts and stickers. A lunch was also provided. All people who came and participated did plant and enjoyed it.
    Planet Ark estimates that more than 290,000 volunteers planted in excess of 1.2 million native plants at 3100 sites across Australia. Over 220,000 of these volunteers were students, planting at 1,900 school sites.

    drum out The annual Flying Fox Festival, an arts and cultural festival, held in Katherine this year hosted an amazing event with a recycled theme. Recycled materials where used to make percussion musical instruments and used in the grand parade. Items used included aluminum cans, tins, plastic buckets and empty flour drums and much more. The inners sued included rice, stones and wheat husks. The items were painted very colorful and decorated.
    The session was lead by 4 men called "Batacoutta" and these members were funny and lots of fun. Many adults and children participated in the whole day workshop and all enjoyed it. Many locals and visitors came to the parade which was held outdoors, was very loud, very energetic and lots of recycling fun. The group also visited local schools to encourage children to have fun with music with recycled materials.

    tree day On Sunday the 16th September, my brother Michael (9 years), a friend Adrian (10 years), and myself, (and my Mum Maryanne who drove us) travelled a round trip of 60 klms to clean up a drinking area located beside an aboriginal community. Within a short amount of time (1 hour), we had collected 4 full wool bales of aluminium cans for recycling and some other rubbish.
    The total weight of the cans only was 63 kg, approximately 1500 single cans. If these cans had not been collected, then they would have been washed down the beautiful Roper River in flood time, as the area is in the floodplain. The cans have been directed to the local council for recycling.
    Bradley Lewis
  • 22 June 2007 A Letter from the Prime Minister

    tree day A few months ago Millicent expressed her concern about our government's stance on nuclear energy and decided to write a letter to our Prime Minister. She included in her letter her participation in the UN environmental conferences and the work she has been doing in preserving the environment. Surprisingly, Mr John Howard, Australia's Prime Minister read the letter and actually took the time in his amazingly busy schedule to respond to Millicent. This is a great example that kids do get heard by our leaders. Perhaps it may inspire other children to go straight to the top about their environmental issues.

  • 22 June 2007 The Beachly Environmental Grant

    kate sarah millicent Kate, Sarah and Millicent flew to Sydney and were presented with the Beachley Environmental Grant. Layne Beachley spoke glowingly about the work Kate, Sarah and Millicent had been doing and presented them with wonderful plaques as well.

    She was so impressed with their application that she donated the money personally for their $3000 grant, not Aim For The Stars and this is why it is called the Beachley Environmental Grant. 200 applications were received and only 12 grants were given to girls from 12 to 24 and their group was 3 of the 12.

    The girls were on morning TV and met many famous people at the presentation all of whom were very impressed with their environmental message The 2005 UNEP Children's Conference and the 2006 Malaysian Conference were mentioned in front of the audience of 400 people by Layne Beachley, the 6 time World Surfing Champion, so the girls have done their bit to promote the Conferences as pledged.

    Kate Charters, Sarah Charters and Millicent Burgraff, AUSTRALIA
  • 22 June 2007 The Beachly Environmental Grant

    kate sarah millicent Kate and Millicent spoke at the Opening Ceremony on the 26th and then ran the workshop on the 27th. The Indonesian people, from the Mayor to the people in the street, were incredibly welcoming and the girls became quite famous in Surabaya and were featured in many news articles. The workshops and field trips were varied and included schools, villages, rivers, beaches and recycling and composting centres in Surabaya and it is a place of great contrasts. The Indonesian children know in detail about climate change and global warming and are learning that individuals can help to change this.

    They were very interested in the girls' project and many people wore our badges and carried our bags. They had a mural painting competition for children on global warming and the entries were amazing. Kate and Millie's poster presentation and others were displayed at a huge hyper mart and were viewed by 20,000 people over the week and when we went to view the exhibition the girls were mobbed and had to sign t shirts and autographs. Four delegates and the organiser of the Conference, Roni, are travelling to Bali for the UN Framework convention and will present the banner and Petition. The Mayor of Surabaya will make awards for children who uphold the commitments they made in the Petition.

    kate sarah millicent Kate and Millie were great Ambassadors for Australia and gave out over 500 kangaroos and koalas and other Australian items such as pins and badges and reusable bags to the delegates who in the end - when we ran out of badges saying 'NO to Plastic Bags' - were wearing the fridge magnets! Kate and Millie will be presenting to the Lord Mayor of Melbourne soon about the Conference and to sustainability Victoria and Kate has already discussed it at her school.

    Kate Charters, Sarah Charters and Millicent Burgraff, AUSTRALIA
  • 22 June 2007 Presentation of Petition from the Children's Conference on Climate Change to Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Australia

    kate sarah millicent Kate and Millie had a meeting with the Right Honourable Lord Mayor of Melbourne John So today. They presented the petition from the Children's Conference on Climate Change, and also presented a folder of photos from the conference. He is considering running a mural competition on global warming and climate change like that in Surabaya.

    They also met with an official from Sustainability for the City of Melbourne and plan to work with the City of Melbourne in the future.

    Kate Charters, Sarah Charters and Millicent Burgraff, AUSTRALIA
  • 22 June 2007 The 'Refuse Plastic Bags' campaign: Beach Clean-Up in Hong-Kong

    The environmental club of our school started a 'Refuse Plastic Bags' campaign. We all knew that plastic bags are very hard to decompose, it takes about 300 years for one plastic bag to decompose! This is very harmful to the environment. Because of this, we, the environmental club wants to at least decrease the usage of plastic bags in our school and city. Our school helped us out and started negotiating with local shopping bags companies to support us with our campaign.

    They soon agreed and made us shopping bags for a nice price. We are now, encouraging students, teachers, and parents from our school to buy our shopping bags and refuse the plastic ones that many supermarkets and markets provide. The environmental club has made speeches in elementary and middle school explaining the harm that plastic bags bring to us. Our goal and objectives are:
    1. To get our school active about this event and refuse plastic bags wherever we go.
    2. We will negotiate with big shopping centers and markets to ask them to provide consumers with shopping bags rather than plastic bags.
    3. Write letters to environment agencies in the city and ask them to support our campaign. We hope our campaign will get to as much people as possible!

    Angel Chui, CHINA
  • 22 June 2007 The Green Team from China

    I run an Environmental Group in my school called the Green Team. It deals mostly with the problems provoking the environment. The team tries its best to make a better place to live in. I have also developed an environmental website: www.springarrow.com. Recently, I joined the Shenzhen city's Environmental Volunteer group.

    Angel Chui, CHINA
  • 22 June 2007 A Windmill Poem - Ruhee Parelkar from India

    Hi! I am Ruhee Parelkar from Ahmedabad, India. I am a student of Zydus School for Excellence and study in Grade 1. I am six years old and like to write poems. A few months back, I had gone to a place Jaisalmer with my parents. When we were reaching Jaisalmer, I saw hundred of windmills on the way. I was told that they help us to generate electricity without causing pollution. When I came back, I wrote a small poem on the Windmill. Here is it:

    A WINDMILL
    A windmill stands tall
    Like a high tree
    It has a tall tower
    And blades that are three.

    When the wind blows
    The blades go round and round
    They move day and night
    Not making much sound.


    On hill tops and mountains
    Far away from the city
    They rotate endlessly
    Generating electricity.

    Seasons keep changing
    Be it sun or shower
    The windmill moves on
    Creating 'Green Power'.


    A Windmill Poem - Ruhee Parelkar
  • 22 April 2007 Earth Day 2009: 22 April 2009 in Indonesia

    22 April 2009 is a special day in a year for our Earth. It is the "Earth Day"which reminds us on the journey of the Earth which is getting older and tired of having all of us. If we love our earth, earth will love us but if we don't take care of our earth, we will destroy it slowly and simultaneously.

    On the Earth Day, I bring my SahabatAlamfriends to inspire awareness and appreciation for the place where we are living by cleaning up our public garden, making bioporihole and planting trees and flowers.

    I also explain the importance on preserving our environment by starting from ourselves and we can be the example of others.

    Adeline Suwana
  • 22 April 2007 World Environment Day 2007 in Pakistan

    In order to develop a sense of unity with nature and to promote concern and respect for the environment, students and staff of Aizar High School organized a walk on World Environment Day 2007. About two thousand students teachers and people from different walks of life participated, carried banners and shared the message about how important is to keep our environment clean.

    The students also visited the local community and motivated them to keep their environment clean. Maqsood Amjad Rathore of Nazim Satellite Town highlighted the importance of environmental protection and said that our earth is deeply wounded. "We live today in a dull, dirty earth filled with dark swirling clouds of dioxides of carbon and sulphur. "

    Talking on the occasion Principal Eugien Gujranwala John added, "We must protect the Earth and respect and safeguard the many forms of life it is a home to. The Earth does not simply belong to us. Millions and millions of our children have an indisputable right to it too. We must keep our earth safe for them too." The day ended with assurances from every body that he/she will do his/her best to protect the mother earth.

    Together we can achieve!
    Eugeine John
  • 22 April 2007 Earth Day 2009 Celebration in Pakistan

    On 22 April 2009, BOEP Nature Club at Beacohouse Margalla Campus Islamabad celebrated Earth Day. More than 250 students of the school took part in this event. The students presented a variety of programmes. Some of the programmes are as following:
    Nature Walk
    Poster/painting displays highlighting environmental issues
    Multimedia presentations on global warming and environmental issues
    Literature/Projects on env. friendly habits
    Projects on conservation of energy
    Pledge for a forestation
    Some of the students had also displayed items made from recycled material

    Dr. Sajid Hussain, the Principal of the school was the key speaker of the event. He emphasized the students to take an active part to safeguard the nature of the mother earth. He mentioned that the environmental protection is the responsibility of each member, since the earth does not belong on one individual or nation.It's the heritage of the entire humanity so each member should contribute for the well being and protection of the earth. He promised to support Nature Club activities at his best. Mrs. Shamaim Farooq, Headmistress, the girls branch and Mrs. Mehar Headmistress from Boys branch also spoke to the students on this occasion. There was a good appreciation for student activities at nature club platform.

    Ali Gohar Hunzai
  • 2008 ENO Tree Planting Day 2008 in Finland

    ENO Programme invites you to an exciting event. A new school year will be opened in a special way: planting trees and seeing stars! ENO Tree Planting Day 2008 will be organised on 22 September, the day of autumnal equinox. The length of the day is the same everywhere, with everyone worldwide receiving 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. As the international day for peace falls a day before, this is also our contribution for peace.

    Tree planting is important for us. Firstly, it reminds us of the nature and the importance of environmental protection. Secondly, it is a symbol for the international co-operation. Star observations is a new activity.

    We start our day with planting trees at midday, in every corner of the world. The first trees will be planted at noon in Oceania. Following the Sun, new trees will be put to earth in Asia, Europe and Africa. Finally this chain of trees will reach Americas. When the sun has set we will explore star constellations locally. This is an additional activity but a very interesting one, at school or at home with your family.

    Your contribution is important! Your trees will be a part of ENO 2008 Tree Planting Campaign. Our aim to plant at least a million trees by the end of 2008, as a part of Billion Tree Campaign by United Nations Environment Programme.
    Mika Vanhanen
  • 2008 Green Way..Georgia

    David, in conjunction with his schoolmates and organization 'Green Way', chose different schools around Tbilisi, Georgia where they are to organize special presentations and distribute painting materials. The UNDP office in Tbilisi is supporting their efforts and will help them display pictures they receive in the children's gallery until December 26. They will also scan paintings to be sent to UNEP Regional Offices.

    David Bakhturidze, GEORGIA
  • 2008 Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Snack Discussion with Second Grade Children...Germany

    Dr. Greenwald-Schmitt gave a little presentation on healthy and environmentally friendly snacks to second grade children in Bavaria, Germany. She compared an apple and a sandwich in Tupperware, to a "lunchable" (ie crackers with cheese and turkey in a lot of packaging).

    We discussed the different lunches and the chemicals in things like "lunchables". We also discussed packaging and that often, consumers are "tricked" into thinking they are getting more than they actually do.

    We, from the Environmental Division, also checked the amount of trash that is generated at every school lunch. We calculated if the plastic cutlery would be washed instead of disposed of at every meal, the school would save over $2,000 a month!

    Dr. Isabelle Fahimi, Pollution Prevention Manager of the US Garrison Bamberg in Bavaria, Germany
  • 2006 It's The Little Things That Count...Paraguay

    I am Lisa Gayatri, from Paraguay. The second day after I arrived in Paraguay from the 2006 Tunza International Children's Conference, my Science teacher asked if I could give a talk about the conference including all the projects that the delegates had done.

    On the day of my talk, I took some materials that had been given to us by UNEP, my scrapbook that I had created of the conference and photos. My classmates were very impressed with all the projects and many of them wanted to prepare their own projects. I told them that they should prepare themselves for the youth conference since many of them are older than 14 years old. They liked the idea a lot and I hope that they will work on their projects.

    My grandmother had planted a tomato plant in our garden which we are taking care of. It has started giving us many fruits now. We eat it in salads and they taste much nicer than the ones that we buy in the supermarket. We are not using any chemical pesticides and it does not have many insects. I have also planted some small bushes around my garden and they make my house look nicer.

    My brother and I asked my father to change the bulbs in our house so as to save energy. The rooms in our house now have more energy saving bulbs. We also remind my mum to use her basket when she goes to the market so that she does not carry the vegetables home in plastic bags.

    I have written an article on the conference and UNEP for the Mother Support Newsletter, which is published in 4 languages. When it is ready it will be mailed out to many people around the world. It will also be on the WABA website.

    I have also started to read more on the environment in English but I hope I will get more articles to read in Spanish and share with my friends. I am also spending time in the garden with our dog Blanco and our guinea pig, Simona.

    Lisa Gayatri, PARAGUAY
  • 2006 Biodigestor for Our School: Colombia

    By Santiago Aristizábal, Camilo Salcedo, Daniel Acosta, and Pablo Cárdenas Hacienda los Alcaparros School Colombia

    With environmental problems growing so important worldwide, such as fossil fuel shortage and inadequate waste disposal, we wanted to contribute to the solutions of some of these problems. We were particularly interested in alternative energies, so our goal with this project was to offer our school, in a rural area of Colombia, a different source of energy that is cheap, available, and renewable. We decided, thus, to build a biodigester.

    A biodigester is a system designed to convert organic wastes into natural gas and fertilizer. A biodigester works because bacteria decompose the organic wastes, and in the process, produce methane gas. What remains of this process is a natural fertilizer. We built our own biodigester, put it beside the greenhouse of our school, and filled it with cow excrements from the school's cows (that otherwise would have been left on the ground, releasing gases into the atmosphere and contributing to global warming). The gas produced by the biodigester will be used to boil water and in that way water the plants and heat the greenhouse.



    By Santiago Aristizábal, Camilo Salcedo, Daniel Acosta, and Pablo Cárdenas Hacienda los Alcaparros School, COLOMBIA
  • 2006 Inspiration by 'An Inconvenient Truth'...

    After being inspired by the film 'An Inconvenient Truth' the students of Ley Va Middle School decided to raise money to buy energy saving light bulbs for families in their school who are poor and cannot afford to buy the bulbs for themselves. They are raising money by selling Wristbands that say "Save Earths Future". The students' goal is to reach their school as a whole, then the community, then the city, then the state.

    Ley Va Middle School,San Jose,California (SAVING ENERGY)
  • 2006 Mother Nature's Crying - Lil Peppi

    8 year old Lil Peppi is doing his part to bring attention to cleaning up/saving the planet. Visit: www.myspace.com/amicahentertainment or www.lilpeppi.com and listen to his new song called "MOTHER NATURE'S CRYING" What inspired you to make this song?

    When I saw the movie "Happy Feet". It made me understand more about saving the environment. I also heard on the Discovery channel about global warming. All of this information helped me decide to do something. I told my Dad, "We have to do a song now"! So my Dad and I wrote the song "Mother Nature's Crying.".

    What is the song "Mother Nature's Crying" about and what message would you like to send other kids around the world

    The song is about planet Earth crying because she is feeling sad that so many people don't really care about her right now. But my generation can make her happy again by making a change for the best. Together we can solve many world problems. To start, don't pollute the earth, recycle and don't litter. These are little things that we all can do to make Mother Earth happy again.

    My goal is to tell everyone around the world about taking care of planet through my music.

    Thank You
  • 2007 CHILDREN FROM AROUND THE WORLD CREATE MASTERPIECES FOR WORLD LEADERS INCLUDING MANDELA, BUSH AND GATES: June 23-25, 2007

    The most creative children from around the world gathered in Washington, DC on June 23-25, 2007 to create spectacular artwork for global leaders, including David Beckham, Jeffrey Bezos, President and Mrs. Bush, Bill Gates, Herbert Hainer, Robert A. Iger, Jeff Immelt, Steve Jobs, Nelson Mandela, Sheikha Mozah Al Missned, Pierre Omidyar, Larry Page, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Jerry Yang.

    When I saw the movie "Happy Feet". It made me understand more about saving the environment. I also heard on the Discovery channel about global warming. All of this information helped me decide to do something. I told my Dad, "We have to do a song now"! So my Dad and I wrote the song "Mother Nature's Crying.".

    This was part of the World Children's Festival, a three-day celebration on the National Mall that marked the tenth anniversary of the International Child Art Foundation (ICAF). Approximately 10,000 people attended, making it the largest celebration of children's creativity and imagination in the world.
  • 2007 Helping a village in Bahrain

    Once upon a time there was a small village near the sea. The people were really nice, but they didn't care about their village. It was very dirty, they cut most of the trees and set them alight in order to build houses, they threw garbage on the beaches, and the air was unclean and unhealthy. These problems were all caused by the people who lived in this village.

    There was a young smart girl who lived in this village, her name was Lamees. She loved her village so much and wanted the best for it, but she wasn't happy because they destroyed their environment. She knew what was happening but she had no idea how to solve these problems.

    One night in her bed she tried to sleep, but she couldn't, she was imagining what her village would look like after 20 years. She imagined it would be much worse than it was now-the dirt everywhere, the air, sea, and land badly polluted, people dying, people suffering from diseases, people were scared and sad, the whole village was destroyed! This image frightened her so much.

    She wished that people helped each other to make the place clean and beautiful like a small baby, and then she imagined something different. The village had a lot of green land with many trees, clean air, blue sky and a clean sea, children were healthy and happy, playing around safely.

    She felt that this wish was possible but it needed a lot of work and effort. It could be done by planting many trees, cleaning the village very well, no more throwing garbage anywhere, no more fires and the most important thing was that the people had to care about their village.

    Suddenly, she jumped from her bed with this brilliant thought saying to herself: Why don't I make the people do these things? So she created an action plan, by designing some brochures and posters and putting them all around the village, inviting the people for meetings at her house to describe the problems of the pollutions at their place.

    They understood what they did and they were willing to help her, so she divided them into groups, each for planting trees, cleaning the beach, streets, others for fundraising through social activities, to encourage people to love their environment.

    Of course at the beginning it was a hard job to do but later people started to like it and all of them participated in this project. Finally Lamees's wish came true! People were so happy, they didn't believe that they did something that was impossible before, but when they worked together this wish came true. In the end, the people elected Lamees to be the President of the Environmental Council of the Village.

    After two years that village became like a small heaven, which makes tourists comes there all the time.

    Fatima Shams, BAHRAIN
  • 2006 Celebration of Arab Environmental Day, 14th October 2006 in Iraq

    IRAQ Together To Protect Human & the Environment Association in conjunction with Civil Pillar organized a drawing day for children between the ages of 6 and 14 years to mark Arab Environmental Day on 14th October 2006. The event whose theme was Climate Change was held at the Gaderia Club Gardens, with more than 50 children from different schools in Baghdad taking part.

    All drawing accessories were distributed by Together To Protect Human & the Environment Association. Before the start of the event, expert engineer, Saadia Alsahly, gave lectures about the climate change concept, citing reasons for and the results of climate change.

    She also offered advice to the children on ways they can participate in activities to protect their planet, including reducing pollution, planting trees and growing gardens in their schools, at home and in their local areas and getting involved in campaigns to clean their environment. The children spent most of their time drawing and playing in the beautiful gardens of Gaderia Club, with the climax of the celebration being distribution of gifts to all the children.

    Saadia Alsahly , Together To Protect Human & and the Environment
  • 2008 World Environment Day 2008 Competition for School Children in Kuwait

    We, American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is the world's oldest and largest professional safety organization founded in the year 1911. ASSE's mission is to advance the technical, scientific, managerial and ethical knowledge, skills and competency of safety, occupational health and environmental professionals for the protection of people, property and the environment.

    ASSE-Kuwait Chapter founded in 2000 is a non profit earning organization dedicated in promoting health, safety and environment issues among professional, general public and school children. We have conducted the World Environment Day (June 5th '03, '04, '05, '06 & '07), and many HSE Awareness campaigns for school children were sponsored and supported by some major oil companies around Kuwait. In continuation with our tradition, we are planning to conduct the 'World Environment Day' on 5th June 2008 again.

    Keeping this year's theme "CO2: Kick the Habit! Towards a Low Carbon Economy", and in order to encourage the children and to inculcate the importance of environmental protection in them, the Society is conducting essay, painting and photograph competitions. The event shall cover essay and painting competitions by students from English and Arabic schools. Generally, we are covering 5 English and 5 Arabic schools. This time we are going to increase to 10 each. Prizes and certificates will be distributed for the winners on the World Environment Day. We conduct the event in a reputed hotel by inviting winners, school principals, industry representatives, other dignitaries and carryout technical presentations which will be delivered by a representative from the government bodies / agencies on the day of event.

    Rishi, American Society of Safety Engineers
  • 2010 Tree Planting in Lebanon

    This year and because UNEP declared 2010 to be the year of biodiversity, the main focus of Marwan Kassar and Karla Machlab was to combat climate change by planting native trees in many areas in Lebanon. They prepared lectures, music, posters and electronic animations and involved around 4000 members in their community in planting native trees.

    They prepared a campaign to collect money not only from their peers but also from their community and facilitated the purchase of around 800 native trees. They contacted local environmental organizations and local municipalities and convinced them to allocate certain areas to plant native trees.

    With the help of governmental officials and their peers they planted those trees and convinced local residents of those villages to care for these trees. Moreover they persuaded school administrators to involve around 200 students in planting and caring for native plants and seedlings.

    With the help of governmental officials and their peers they planted those trees and convinced local residents of those villages to care for these trees. Moreover they persuaded school administrators to involve around 200 students in planting and caring for native plants and seedlings.

    The highlight of their work was to convince administrators to make a two year planting project. Since they were considered great environmental activists in their community and at their school due to their actions, their pictures and actions were on the cover of not only their school magazines but also local newspapers and magazines (An-Nahar and Al Beia wa Attanmeih). Amazed by the quality of his work, the school went even a step forward and decided for the first time to fund Marwan's trip to Nagoya.

    Initiative by Marwan Kassar and Karla Machlab
  • 2010 Environment week in Dubai

    This was organized by the Environment Club headed by Mrs Cota plus a team of 12 girls from grades 7-9 it was a fun filled week with activities for almost every grade. It started with a Puppet display for Jr 1 every puppet was made from recyclable material the grade 2 made unique bags of all shapes and sizes. It was amazing to see how much can be done from old scraps.

    The children of grade 3 enjoyed themselves as they used their skills to make their own dolls and toys, entirely from discarded recyclable stuff.

    Grade 4 went one step further designing their own stationary containers. The students of grade 5 to 7 were then given a written exercise to create an awareness about the need to save The Earth .

    Grade 5 presented excellent dialogues between different forms of nature, while grade 6 used their poetic skills to present a variety of soul stirring poems. The students of grade 7, combined their art and inviting skills to design their comic strips, which once again highlighted the present day problems.

    Then came the long awaited fashion show for the girls of grade 5 to 10. Grade 7 to 10 designed and wore an outfit made entirely of recyclable material. After all the creativity was done with students faced the more serious side of the Environment Week .The ENVIRONMENT QUIZ testing their knowledge grade 8 and 9 battled it out with mind tricking audio, visual clips. The enthusiasm filled the air ,even students in the audience were charged with excitement and eager to answer.

    Environment Club , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES