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Engaged: Youth called on to present ideas to combat climate change, ocean pollution

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Posted: Wednesday, July 14, 2021. 12:42 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Belizean youth are now in line to win up to US$2,000 (BZ$4,000) to develop innovative solutions to address climate change on the oceans and waterways.

A project known as The Engaged Initiative (‘Comprometidos’ in Spanish) has been created by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, with Socialab, Ashoka, and National Geographic.

Belize is uniquely placed as home of the Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and having a front row seat to the effects of ocean pollution and its effect on corals, a press release states.

According to Director and Representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office for the Caribbean, Saadia Sanchez-Vegas, more than 10 thousand young people in the region since 2015 have been creating youth-led projects to promote sustainable development.

Mauricio Rodriguez, a Colombian youth active in the program says, “We have become a community where we explore different issues that make us think from a different tactical level. Now, with the call of Engaged for the Oceans and the Environment, it opens up a range of opportunities to explore ideas that impact our environment and that we need to act on.”

Those getting involved will receive mentoring support to strengthen their ideas, and if they are successful, seed funding money to bring those ideas to life and contribute to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Young people can submit their ideas through the following platform: https://comunidad.socialab.com/challenges/comprometidosconlosoceanos until July 18, 2021.

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