THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS GSL COMPETITION WINNERS ARE…
GREENER IS CLEANER, CHADWICK INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH KOREA
Students from schools all over the world have spent the past academic year leading ground-breaking social action projects as part of the Global Social Leaders (GSL) Sustainable Development Goals competition, organised by Future Foundations and the Wellington Leadership and Coaching Institute.
Following an intense week of judging from our esteemed panel of judges, GSL are proud to announce that the winners of the competition are a team of students from Chadwick International, South Korea with their initiative ‘Greener is Cleaner’.
Earlier on today, Lord Dr Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE presented his keynote for the Global Social Leaders Festival @ Home and announced the winners to an audience of over 250 people tuning in live from all across the globe. Lord Dr Hastings quoted:
“The Global Social Leaders movement is a platform for young people to make real change through social actions. This year over 600 teams from 105 countries took on the challenge to run a project that supports one of the many global goals. We are here today to celebrate all of those teams. Firstly, let me say thank you to all the teams that were not able to complete their projects due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We appreciate your efforts and we know that they will be back soon with even bigger plans and even stronger actions.
“We are immensely proud to say that despite the lockdown, and all the difficulties of the global pandemic, 249 teams from 49 countries completed the challenge and submitted their final reports. Thank you and congratulations for your resilience and your passion”.
The Greener is Cleaner (GiC) mission is to prompt our community to consider the environment and our future before anything else, by basing their choices on the UN SDGs. The students-initiated plastic-pan petitions, communicated with large corporations, led students to the climate strike, proposed a sustainable renovation of a city, participated in a COP, sent goods for the vulnerable for COVID-19, changed wasteful facilities at school into sustainable ones, and loads more inspiring actions.
The students cooperated with various organisations and were certified for various actions. The impact they obtained was approximately 10, 637 people, took 400+ vehicles off the road, and reduced 101 plastic cups every school day. The runners-up included:
- The Symbiotic People – No Fog; Go Dog!, Meadowridge School, Canada
- Med Rangers – Mahindra United World College, India
- Smart Start – International College-Beirut, Lebanon
- TIPT – Building Health Through Sport, Lincoln School, Costa Rica
This Global Social Leaders Festival @ Home announced the winners today during their first day of the virtual celebrations, and His Excellency, Ban Ki-Moon, President and Chair of GGGI and the 8th Secretary-General of the UN shared the following message to congratulate the students:
“I would like to thank all the participants of the Global Social Leaders and extend my warm congratulations to all the young people who demonstrated such passion, energy and creativity with the aim to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals and help bring about a transformational social change.
“I am very proud of today’s socially conscious young people who are speaking up and taking action. Achieving the noble goals of saving our planet and helping our neighbours around the world will require both dreaming big and working hard, and I encourage you to please keep it up”.
It was a very close competition, and all the entries were of such high-importance and covered a wide range of sustainability initiatives. The standard of projects entered is a testament to the breadth of skills and global consciousness nurtured by these young people. It also demonstrated the power of engagement with the SDGs in a creative, fun, and experiential nature – both for participating and as a community.
To find out more, tune in live for Day 2 visit: www.globalsocialleaders.com/gslfest2020
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