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Dear Mr UN Secretary-General, children say ‘This is what we want’

Children speak out before Rio+20 Earth Summit, through international schools essay competition

As part of the lead-up to the UN ‘Rio+20’ Earth Summit in Brazil in June 2012, the Living Rainforest charity organised an international essay competition and debate,  ‘Dear Mr. UN Secretary-General …’

885 children from 59 countries wrote open letters to the UN Secretary-General explaining what they think governments and world leaders should be doing to build a more sustainable future on planet Earth.

The children’s messages to world leaders include:

  • Adults are not doing enough to protect the environment
  • The voices of children are going unheard, putting future generations at risk
  • Climate change, deforestation and pollution are real problems and they need to be addressed now
  • Solutions exist, we just have to take them seriously
  • Environmental education should begin in the early years and continue through the entire school programme
  • We need leaders who care about future generations

The prize winning essays were announced at the International Schools Debates at The Living Rainforest on 16-17 May and published on the competition web page.

The Living Rainforest is taking the 1st prize winner, Nardos Tilahun from Aukland, New Zealand, to the United Nations Rio+20 Earth Summit in Brazil.

“Children are speaking out and we hope the world’s leaders are listening,” says Karl Hansen from the Living Rainforest.

4 comments on 'Children say, ‘This is what WE want’'

  1. Anjali says:

    My son’s letter to the UN General Secretary was selected and he was invited to the living rainforest but his school did not sponsor him… was a big opportunity for him…..

    Sponsorship should be from your side if your organisation is really interested in bringing out the best children.

    Thanks and hoping for a reply..

  2. Karl Hansen says:

    Unfortunately the Living Rainforest and Trust for Sustainable Living are unable to underwrite the travel costs of all the children who are selected as Finalists or who receive Honourable Mentions. However we would gladly welcome support from sponsors around the world for next year’s competition. We would also encourage schools to organise their own fundraising events :)

  3. RAKESH MEHTA says:

    Dear sir,
    My daughter Muskaan Mehta’s essay from Delhi, India was also selected in Primary section but school did not sponsor her to visit …. She was very sad to hear this and could not attend the prize distribution function. It would be so nice of u if u please send the certificate or prize by post. It will encourage her for moral support and to participate in future in such kind of activities.
    Thanks in anticipation.

  4. Karl Hansen says:

    We shall do so happily. Thank you Mrs Mehta.

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