| Youth Network Activities 

TUNZA Youth Statement

The youth environment networks are a key activity under the TUNZA strategy in Asia and the Pacific. Each unique and diverse sub-region in Asia is represented by a network of active young people making a difference and who bridge young environmentalists and organizations representing the sub-regions of Asia. For more information on each network, check the network pages.

    For an overview of activities on a local and national level by TUNZA youth network members, please see the 'actions' section of the TUNZA Global website.

    - National Road to Rio+20 Campaign
    - Klimatech Environmental Club (Pakistan) Earth Day Celebration 2012
    - Nepal Youth Task Force on Rio+20

    Designed to mobilize children and youth to actively participate and undertake activities in the region, IYF activities will be promoted through TUNZA networks in 2011, and can be found at the global website http://www.un.org/en/events/iyof2011/

     | Key Environment Days
    • 22 March : World Water Day
    • 22 April : Earth Day
    • 22 May : International Day of Biodiversity
    • 5 June : World Environment Day
    • 16 September : Clean Up the World Campaign

    The Big Help Environment Campaign is a global pro-social initiative by Nickelodeon that translates complex environmental messaging or issues into simple meaningful actions to empower kids to lead the way in making the Earth a greener planet. In 2008, UNEP and Nickleodeon Asia partnered to launch the campaign in Asia Pacific.

    The Big Help Environment Campaign translates complex environmental issues into simple meaningful actions for children by working with grassroots partners to connect kids with their communities and empower them to participate.

    Global warming, acid rain, deforestation – the environmental challenges facing children today are scary. While not shying away from these issues, The Big Help will highlight positive action children can take by educating and encouraging tangible, green friendly actions.

    Nickelodeon is seen in 511.5 million households throughout the Asia Pacific, via channels and branded blocks.

    The campaign is undertaken through:
    - a series of environmentally themed programmes and activities with local campaign partners to nurture earth-friendly and energy-saving lifestyles among children, their families and friends.
    - Using popular Nickelodeon characters like SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer to increase interactivity and engagement level during activities
    - Green messages and public service announcement spots on-air showing children taking environmental action will also be aired across Nickelodeon’s multimedia platform. Some of these initiatives include incorporating green themes in several of Nickelodeon’s popular television series like iCarly and The Naked Brothers Band, to actively encourage kids to visit and participate in the many games and quizzes on Big Help’s website (http://www.nick-asia.com/sites/bighelp/)

    For more information: www.nicksplat.com/biggreenhelp
    | The Big Help Environment Campaign 
    | International Year of Forests 

    | Paryavaran Mitra 2010-2013

    The Paryavaran Mitra Programme 2010-2013, India, is an initiative of the Centre for Environment Education in partnership with the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Arcelor Mittal and UNEP.

    Paryavaran Mitra means "Friend of the Environment". The programme focuses on the concept of the Handprint which signifies positive action towards sustainability and has a strong focus on "action".

    Paryavaran Mitra is targeted towards students in classes 6 – 9, between the ages of 11-15. The main objective of the project is to encourage, guide, build capacity and facilitate 20 million school children to become ‘Paryavaran Mitra’. The programme is a first step towards creating a nationwide network of young people who have the knowledge, awareness and commitment to meet the new challenges of global citizenship and caring for the environment, with a special focus on climate change. These children will be from schools across India, in every state and every district of the country.

    Specifically the students will be:

    • Made aware, sensitized and helped to understand the underlying science, social, ethical and economic issues relating to sustainability and the environment.
    • Acquire information and knowledge about national and international issues regarding sustainability and environment, and understand these better with reference to their own context.
    • Build skills through hands-on experience and projects about their immediate environment—their school, neighbourhood, village or city.
    • Motivated and capacity-built to become agents of change through involvement in action projects related to sustainability and environment.

    The Paryavaran Mitra builds on the enthusiasm and response of the Pick Right Campaign 2008-2009, which reached 200,000 schools in India. In 2010-2013, the target of the Paryavaran Mitra campaign will be:

    • 200,000 schools

    • 15 languages

    • 626 districts

    • 20 million Paryavaran Mitras 

     | International Children's Painting Competition on the Environment

    2nd International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment

    Theme - Water: Where does it come from?

    Sub-theme: Source of life

    The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation.

    It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries.

    The theme of the 22nd painting competition will be “Water: The Source of Life” and children will have until 28 February 2013 to submit their entries.