ROLAC (Regional Office for Latin America & the Caribbean)
Emilio Perez Campanelli works with Asociación Civil Red Ambiental and advocates for environmental issues.
Mariama Branker is part of the Caribbean Youth Environment Network.
Rafael Miranda works to reduce solid waste through the local production of compost, involving governments and civil society in his hometown.
Delia Ramos Cruz participated in the cleaning of Lake Uru Uru in Bolivia. She planned, organized and participated in the cleaning with the municipal government. Because of her initiative, the group of Qanrayku, which she is volunteering for, re-collects almost 8 tons of waste.
“Plant a tree after every child born in the family” is the philosophy of Verdemais Project in Brazil. Meneses Marina got involved in Verdemais Project when she was in the forth grade. This creative project was firstly implemented in the local school in 2000 and was then supported by a governmental environment institute IEF (State Institute of Forests) which distributed along with the trees planted by students to every child born in the local hospital, with more than eight thousand trees being planted till now. Marina is also on the Tunza Junior Board. As the representative of children in region of Latin America and Caribbean, she said, “Children in our region are working hard for the environment but a lot is still necessary to be done to improve our work and the awareness of the population as well as the authorities. Earth is our home and the earth has provided us with shelter and life, now it is our turn to pay back her generosity,” When asking about her opinions of youth efforts as well as TUNZA conference, Marina said excitedly: “With dedication and determination from all of us I am sure we can save the earth from future disasters. We have to be aware and make people aware, since very young, that even the smallest project to save the earth is representative and that a small one can became a gigantic step to preserve our home, the Earth.”
Nicolas Gonzalo Juri Rosales is a part of the organization “GEO Juvenil Chile” and works with the local communities to educate them on environmental issues.
Manuela Robledo said, “To me, my planet is my life, but with all the pollution, we are destroying the ozone layer. If we don’t take care of our planet, we are going to die because of the intensity of the light and the ozone layer. We can help the environment by picking up the trash that is on the floor and especially collecting trash properly: organic, inorganic and paper. We must not use sprays because we can destroy the ozone layer even more. The planet that we are seeing in this moment is a contaminated planet. If we keep behaving like that, all the inhabitants in this planet are going to die. We have to take care of the planet and the air for having a good, safe, and clean planet.
Solution: 1. I´ve been proposing and I have already started several environmental campaigns where students at C.H.L.A. are acquiring trash awareness, and they´re picking it up in all the green areas. That´s what the general services coordinator in my School has told me, and of course, we´ve seen a cleaner school. 2. We must start developing (As soon as possible) and using cars moved by sunlight not by gasoline! In Science class, I asked my teacher to provide us with a deeper knowledge about solar energy and its applications, but especially focused in how to take advantage of this kind of energy and its application and current use in vehicles. We´re going to have a contest where the best solar car model will be the winner: Not the most beautiful one, but the one that takes the greatest advantage of solar panels. 3. I´m proposing to my principal, the possibility of taking workshops and conferences given by experts, here at C.H.L.A., were people can learn how to use solar energy more proficiently, how to build up windmills, especially the farmers in the paths surrounding C.H.L.A, with the help of my peers from 10th and 11th grade who provide them with social work on Fridays and Saturdays. I´m still waiting for her response, but I´m sure I´ll receive a positive response.
Jose Humberto Paez works with Kus Kura and is a member of the International Alliance of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples of the Tropical Rainforests.
Maria del Carmen studies journalism at Havana University. Since she was 14 years old she has participated in environmental activities at the local level. She has written several reports on youth and ecology, and participated in the Clean Up the World campaign and Plant for the Planet.
Beatriz Baeza Noriega and Marcelo Salado Lastra work across the school and community using theatre and paint education to help raise awareness of protecting water, air and botanical space. The students of elemental school Marcelo Salado of Santa Clara use the residues of paper and cartoons to make mask and figures and represent it in theatre presentations.
Claudio Cordero is the National Coordinator of the Tunza Network. He has contributed to the Plant for the Planet Campaign and the Clean Up the World campaign, as well as organizing several workshops and conferences on climate change and water management for youth and children in his community.
Andrea Yépez is the president of the student government of the high school “4th of July”. She is also the promoter of the project about alternative transportation “Cycle Marching”. Furthermore, she is the assistant of "GEO Youth Ecuador”.
Keri-Ann Agard said “In order to accomplish our goal of taking actions to conserve our local environment, we need to build our capacity to plan and conduct activities for our members and other youths in our community. The activities that we plan must be able to hold the interest of our members and other youths on an ongoing basis and also be educational. Our research revealed that the SYE methodology is an ideal initial training for providing us with the required skills and to study the environment in a way that would capture and sustain the interest of our members. The SYE methodology is particularly attractive as it is outdoor education that allows an understanding of the scientific method in way that is simple, cheap and fun. An added bonus of the SYE methodology is that it strengthens science concepts and performance in science.”
Geetchina Eugene works to recycle boxes for use as desks in Haiti. After the hurricane, many desks were destroyed, so her initiative has allowed for more desks for the school children of Haiti.
Dirron Wilt Orellana Schultz has been instrumental in the reforestation of the community, including the border of the river which threatens the area. He was the leader in the environment committee for the community and was responsible for the creation of the nursery.
Ariana Pena works with GEO Juvenil and International Water and Youth Movement and advocates for better care for the environment.
Carlos Avilez was elected President of National Youth Environmental Club and has participated in several environmental activities, including on topics of integrated management of solid waste.
Julio Arias was a founder of the Mission Harpy Eagle Group that aims to promote biology and conservation. One of his key accomplishments is his work with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Barro Colorado Island.
With people in Quebrada Verde, Wendy Lau has been tried to improve tourism through using natural resources. Projects include using recycled paper to make notebooks, better use of resources like wood, and the implementation of tourist circuits in order to take advantage of the natural landscapes.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Willesha London conducts clean ups of the school compound twice every week. As a result of this project, it is more far-reaching than just the schoolyard, as the local community is now disposing of waste in more environmentally friendly methods.
Trinidad and Tobago
Maurisa Roopnarine is actively engaged in a UNESCO programme entitled Sandwatch. Sandwatch provides the framework for school students and their local communities, to work together to critically evaluate the problems and conflicts facing their beach environments and to develop sustainable approaches to address these issues. Sandwatch seeks to change the lifestyles and habits of youth on a community-wide basis and to develop awareness of the fragile nature of the marine and coastal environments and the need to use it wisely.
Paula Chacin has created a photo gallery of polluted sites from around her city to raise awareness of community members of the environmental degradation taking place.
Alonso Lizaraz has attended the Tunza International Youth Conference in 2007, two subregional workshops and the 2008 Children’s Conference as the chaperone for two boys.