Volvo Adventure Calls for Young Applicants: Projects for the Environment

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Reef Rangers team member planting trees to prevent coastal erosion. 2012 finalists.

The Volvo Adventure – in partnership with the United Nations Environment Program – is an educational program that rewards environmental activities and the decision-makers of the future. To enter, form a team of 2 to 5 members aged 13 to 16 (at competition opening – July 1, 2012). Implement a local, environmental project and submit the project description via our online submission tool before the competition deadline, January 31, 2013. Projects are judged and the best projects are selected for an all expenses paid trip to Göteborg, Sweden where young teams can win $10,000 for 1st place, $6,000 for 2nd place, and $4,000 for 3rd place.

By Wayne Talbot, Volvo Adventure

Young people deserve global recognition for their environmental work at a local level. Each year the partnership between UNEP and Volvo, supported by UNESCO and the World Scout Organization, does this. The Volvo Adventure recognises and commends many projects run and organised by young people around the world. Over 400 completed entries were received from over 45 countries. This resulted in 12 teams invited to the final last June.

We are pleased to announce the winners but ask you to visit our web site to see all the spectacular projects from the final, and those that have been commended as being great examples of practical actions organised and developed by young people around the world. The Volvo Adventure’s top three projects of 2012 prove how effective young people are in finding simple solutions to global issues. Just look at the top three projects:

First prize – Paraguay: When an outbreak of a disease claimed many lives, this group of young people launched a campaign to stop the source of the infection. This team showed that lives can be saved by simple actions, by preventing the breeding grounds for mosquitoes that transmit infection from open water storages and solid waste. Within five months they managed to reduce the breeding sites significantly and saved lives.

Second Prize – Brazil: By educating farmers through creative means regarding the safe handling and disposal of pesticides and their containers, this dedicated group has reduced the negative effects on human health and the environment. This project can serve as inspiration for other farmers in making them aware of these issues.

Third prize – United States: In spite of a lack of federal regulation and support, this team has persisted in educating people on the importance of proper disposal of medication, avoiding contamination of water and providing communities with drop-off containers.

Find out more about these brilliant projects.

Currently the Volvo Adventure is searching for the next crop of projects to show how young people are dealing with global issues and ensuring they inherit their own solutions. The aim is to provide a gallery of the best practice projects to be part of the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development and enable UN agencies to have contact with those practical-minded young decision-makers, the movers and shakers of tomorrow.

To take part is easy – just go to Volvo Adventure’s website to register and submit your projects.

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6 Responses to Volvo Adventure Calls for Young Applicants: Projects for the Environment

  1. Adel says:

    Thanks! I attended the UNEP international conference in Bandung, Indonesia and UNEP Asia-Pacific conference in Ahmedabad, India and want know more about Volvo Adventure.

  2. Dominic Stucker says:

    Thanks for your interest, Adel. Please learn more about Volvo Adventure on their website and register your project here.

  3. We will do our best as a Green Environment Group of the Global Citizen Corps Program of Mercy Corps to save our Mother nature by awareness raising in our community and doing environmental projects. We have done many local and international projects. Hope we can make it here [as participants in Volvo Adventure] also 🙂

  4. Araceli says:

    El limite de edad es de 16 años?? No puede ser hasta 18 por favor!

  5. Dominic Stucker says:

    Hello Araceli. I am afraid that the age limit is 16. For full information, visit the Volvo Adventure website and, if eligible, register your project here.

  6. Bikram Boro says:

    Hello, I’m Bikram Boro, Founder Chief of Global Adventure Association in Guwahati, Assam, India. I want to know more about your organization. I have found some encouraging initiatives being implemented by your organization.

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