The Caribbean Youth Environment Network is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop programmes/actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global warming, impact of natural disasters/hazards, improvement in potable water, conservation and waste management and other natural resource management issues.
Earth Hour is a worldwide global environmental grassroots movement for solidarity of climate action of the planet organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. It famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 7000 cities and towns worldwide to take tangible climate action. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement and continues to harness the collective power of its millions of supporters to shine a light on climate action and the power of the individual to stand united in our ambition to change climate change.
To commemorate Earth Hour 2017- ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action’, CYEN- in Saint Lucia has decided to host a series of activities leading up to the climate action event. We would like to sensitize students about climate change through an essay competition for sixth grade primary school students and video competition for secondary school students centred around shining a light on our oceans.
Our oceans are at the forefront of the fight against climate change, and in Saint Lucia we recognize the central role it plays in all our lives as it is the back bone of our fishing tourism sectors. It is also a source of food and facilitates the transportation of goods and services critical to our survival as a people. It plays an important roles featuring in recreational activities for Saint Lucia and visitors to our shores.
For this reason we are inviting secondary students to participate in a video competition focusing on highlighting the importance of our oceans to life in Saint Lucia.
- Competition is open to secondary school students only.
- Video entries must be in the form of a Short Film, between 1 to 5 minutes long.
- Must fit the theme of the Earth Hour Video Competition.
- Video submissions must be created by and owned by the participants and uploaded as a single file in the highest quality, but no larger than 1 GB.
- Videos should be uploaded at www.wetransfer.com and emailed to [email protected]
- Contact information MUST accompany the submission.
We are also inviting Grade six (6) students to participate in an essay competition focusing on highlighting the importance of our oceans to life in Saint Lucia. Essays can be dropped off at the various District Education Offices or emailed to [email protected]
- Essays must be between 250-300 words. Must fit the theme of the Earth Hour Essay Competition.
- Essay submissions must be written by the participants.
- One entry is permitted per participant.
- Contact information MUST accompany the submission.
Submissions for the schools competition are now open till March 24, 2017. Competition winners will be awarded their prizes by Key Sponsors on April 21st,2017, prior to Earth Day at a Press Conference/Briefing. Package Prizes include Tablets, mobile phones, solar power banks, and gift certificates from our sponsors.
We hope to culminate with a climate action activity of song, poetry and dance on Saturday 25th March, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 pm at the Derek Walcott Square.There will be a friendly battle of bands between Harmonix (consisting of Gros Islet Secondary School current students, past students , staff and teachers) and Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School band (teacher Keitje Greaves and current students),steel pan by Gemmy Bailey, glow face and body painting for only one ($1) dollar, live painting by Naja Simeon, free Henna Art by Henna Saint Lucia, and door prizes to be won on Saturday 25th March, 2017.
Our key sponsors, performers and collaborators for the Earth Hour 2017- ‘Shine a Light on Climate Action’, are Unicomer St.Lucia, Flow St. Lucia, The Cell St. Lucia, St. Lucia Electricity Services, Felly Belly, Coco Palm Resorts, Papillion & St. Lucian by Rex Resorts, Rainforest Adventures, Splash Island Water Park, Peter and Company Distribution, Massy Stores St. Lucia, Coco Palm Resorts, Big Chef Steak House, 7Ks, Klas Boutique, Print Zone, FireFly productions, Ethany’s Creative Designs, Stella’s Spa, Henna Saint Lucia, Harmonix, Sir Ira Simmons Student School Band, Michael Robinson, Ezra ‘D’ Funmachine’ Augustin, Kisha ‘Sweet K’ Joseph, Shemmy J, Sherwin ‘Dupes’ Brice, Stephen Dantes, Angella O’ Brien, Keijte Greaves, Naja Simeon, Mata, Migos, Blackboy, Messi, Stinger, Cooyah, Gemmy Bailey, Voices of Praise, Monchy Primary School Youth Solo band, Silver Shadows Performing Arts Academy, Elijah ‘Arthur’Allain, T- Rock & Hot Spot Productions, DJ Mintek, and many more.
So please join the movement to pledge to achieve sustainable environmental outcomes for Saint Lucia by creating a tangible impact by inspiring action from your family, friends, staff, customers and your community. Strengthened by your support we can renew the charge to tackle issues of climate change, increase energy awareness together and commit to making a change for a better Saint Lucia.
If you have any additional questions, comments or would like to collaborate with us on this activity, please feel free to contact Ms. Joanne Husbands, Event Co-ordinator at 1758-714-4114 and [email protected] or CYEN in Saint Lucia National Coordinator Ms. Snaliah Mahal at719-3943 and [email protected]