To promote green practices among the region's youth, Unesco Bangkok and the UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific have launched a campaign called "UNertia" in the hope of encouraging young people and the schools they attend to engage in sustainable actions that will yield positive environmental benefits to their communities.
Four themes relevant to problems at the local level will be highlighted: energy, waste, water and green spaces. The initiative aims to strengthen school and community engagement in sustainable development, empower young people as agents of change, translate awareness into action and ultimately bring about individual and collective changes in behaviour.
The UNertia campaign will continue until the end of June next year and there are three main ways to participate:
- Individuals are invited to submit a photo and description of a sustainable action related to one of the main campaign themes to the UNertia website www.joinunertia.org. Visitors are also invited to vote for their favourite sustainable actions and, every two months, Unesco and the UNEP will give away two Nikon cameras to those who have the most votes.
- Schools and youth organisations at the primary, secondary or tertiary level should submit an plan for a sustainable action of their choice under one of the four themes. They are advised to use the UNertia website to post blog updates and upload photos showcasing how their action is progressing. They must submit a final report by June next year, which will be evaluated by a panel of judges.
The winning schools/groups will receive funding to keep their sustainable actions going after the close of the competition.
- Companies and organisations can partner with UNertia to support the actions of youth for a more sustainable world.
School and group entries for UNertia will be accepted until Dec 31, while the deadline for individual entries is June 30 next year. Email email@example.com or visit www.joinunertia.org for more information.