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  • Volvo Adventure - young environmentalists to "invade" Göteborg

    2009-06-04
      Volvo Adventure - young environmentalists to "invade" Göteborg

    On 5 June the Swedish west coast city Göteborg will be hosting about 75 young students along with 25 teachers from ten different countries. All of them invited as they are finalists in the worldwide environmental competition Volvo Adventure. Their environmental projects will all be presented on 8 June, when also media is invited.

    It is busy days for Kikki Hugestrand at Volvo Cars. She is arranging and preparing everything from the program to inform the teams about the temperature in Göteborg to if you should bring shoes or not (definitly needed in the Swedish rather cold climate). She has for many years worked with the finalist program together with the teacher Helena Sagar, from Kullaviksskolan a junior high school close to Göteborg.

    The teams come this year from Mexico, Isle of Man, Hungary, USA, India, Brazil, China, Egypt, Russia and Turkey. They will, as the normal procedure during the years, be hosted by Helena Sagars pupils. They are all well prepared to guide and help the students during their 6 days visit.

    "Volvo Adventure is simply great!", Helena Sagar says. "It is so great, from different perspectives, that it is hard to describe in words, it has to be experienced! Nobody seems to understand how big it is. My students say that it is their best experience from their time in compulsory school and several of them have built relations that last for ever."

    On the 9 June the prize giving ceremony will be held in the Volvo hall (Volvohallen) at Volvo Cars' headquarters. The winning project together with the second and third place winners are awarded.

    The teams have all done a great job with their different projects.
    The projects concern all from protecting dolphins and manatees, recycling of paper, environmental education run by youngsters, handling of used oil, cleaning a beautiful river, to learn other to recycle and not throw waste, sun light heater with recycling waste, to not waste the precious water, save biodiveristy and and thus save money for the cities and to make the students to cycle to school.

    It is really a full programme during the days they will spend in Göteborg, with workshops, UNEP (United Nations Environmental Partnership), Tunza* and Scout activities, taking the bus to Kullavik but also visiting the amusement park Liseberg.

    *Tunza -is an environmental project within UNEP. The word "TUNZA" means "to treat with care or affection" in Kiswahili (a sub-regional language of Eastern Africa). The overall TUNZA Concept, therefore, is built around this theme. It is an initiative that is meant to develop activities in the areas of capacity building, environmental awareness, and information exchange, with a vision to foster a generation of environmentally conscious citizens, capable of positive action.

    FACTS
    The Volvo Adventure is open to youngsters aged between 13 and 16. The winning team gets 10,000 US dollars, the runner-up gets 6,000 dollars and the third team receives 4,000 dollars.

    379 teams from 56 countries took part when this year's competition got under way. Ten of these teams have now reached the finals.

    Here are the finalists 2009:

    School / Team name

    Country

    Project

    Grupo Escoteiro Guairaca

    Brazil

    Sun light heater with recycle material

    Shanghai Pinghe School

    China

    Greeeeen Runway

    Teenagers Conservation Task Force

    Egypt

    Wise Action & Tips for Environment Revitalization

    Avasi Gimnázium / Naturedoctors

    Hungary

    Protecting the cradle of life in Miskolc: Szinva 

    Govt. High School Tilak Nagar Gudhiyari

    India

    Water drop - A Precious Pearl

    Govt. High School Tilak Nagar Gudhiyari

    Isle of Man

    tREe"CYCLE" 

    HUNAB proyecto de vida AC

    Mexico

    Aquaponics to save biodiversity and towns' economy 

    Secondary school of Zelenogradsk

    Russia

    School Recycling Paper Workshop

    Büyük Kolej/Young Producers

    Turkey

    "Hunters for Fried Waste Oils"

    Leesburg High School

    USA

    Pier2Pier - protecting wild dolphins and manatees

    Read more about the environment competition at the Volvo Adventure web site http://www.volvoadventure.org/home.aspx

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=8254791842 a group on Facebook where people engaged in Volvo Adventure can join, Volvo Adventure team, Volvo Cars also post information here.

    You can also follow Volvo Adventure preparations on Twitter (Kikki Hugestrand writes about the Volvo Adventure event in Gothenburg).

    On 5 June the Swedish west coast city Göteborg will be hosting about 75 young students along with 25 teachers from ten different countries. All of them invited as they are finalists in the worldwide environmental competition Volvo Adventure. Their environmental projects will all be presented on 8 June, when also media is invited.

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