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Pamela Rutledge

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Have you done work with youth and sustainable development locally? Do you have an interesting story to tell? Do you keep a blog? Have you seen or done something that has challenged the way you think or view the world? We want to know.

College of Atlantic -Youth Led Solar Panel Installation (USA)

"When College of the Atlantic was given a small grant to place a solar energy array on campus, it was students who undertook the process, from determining the best placement for the panels to installing the entire array. That's not all. The students also worked with a new local organization, MDI Clean Energy Partners L3C, formed to educate the public about solar energy and to increase private funding for such systems. The connection maximized the college's original grant from the Environmental Protection Agency, doubling the size of the array.

College of the Atlantic, currently celebrating its 40th year of classes, is a small, experimental college on the coast of Maine founded on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning - human ecology - that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world."

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Vietnamese Youth Join Hands to Protect the Enviroment - (VN)

On the 17 September 2011, over 500 (five hundred) young people joined together in Hanoi Capital city to participate in an the environmental festival "Clean up the world". It was hosted by the Vietnam Green Generation Network, in collaboration with Hanoi Environmental Department and Australian Embassy in Hanoi. The goal of the event was to improve youth's awareness on climate issues and encourage them to take practical actions to save the environment.

The festival involved youth in a 'clean up' session when they were divided into different groups to pick up trashes in an area of two square kilometers. "I am so excited today as this is the first time I've participated in a clean up celebration. I do believe that if everyone takes a small action, we can make a big change", said Hoang Tu Oanh a high school student at the event.

The event also included educational and teamwork games on climate change and environment, which were hosted by volunteer clubs in Hanoi. Young people gathered in painting, recycling waste and music playing sessions as well. These activities helped them develop better understanding of their living environment and how they can contribute to improve it.

As a result, over 500 kilogram of trash was collected. Three hundred young people and local residents joined to learn recycling and made more than 100 recycled items. Another five hundred painted and shared their environmental message to thousands of people in the area.

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