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Young Environmental Activists tell their story at UN Children’s Conference
Detail: The biannual Tunza International Children's Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is one of the largest international children's conferences in the world. This year, the seventh such conference was held on 17-21 June, on the theme 'Creating Change' in Stavanger, Norway.

Aimed at increasing children's environmental awareness and equiping children with skills to promote environmental projects in their communities, 700 children from 106 countries took part in this year’s conference. This year, in partnership with the UN Children's Fund UNICEF, UNEP will show the inspiring initiatives of dozens of children from around the world through 'My Story', a series of short video clips that will be posted on the UNEP website

Remarkable examples include a 13-year-old in Australia who is making a documentary called 'A Kid's Guide to Climate Change', for which he interviewed a local indigenous leader, visited a wind farm and a wave generator, and built a model solar car. Meanwhile a 14-year-old in India is campaigning against water waste in his community, a 13-year-old in Cameroon is running clean-up campaigns and tree plantings, and a 13-year-old in the United States has helped organise a recycling drive and collect 100,000 pounds of e-waste.

"The 700 children attending the Tunza Conference are a powerful sign of the creativity, energy and dynamism that children are capable of to protect our planet," said UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. "We can all learn from them, and we should all take heart in the fact that increasing numbers of children are becoming a force for positive change as we move towards greener lifestyles," he added.

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Source: The Guardian, Monday, June 23, 2008
Date: June 25 2008