12 September 2022 - The planet is in trouble. Every young person knows that the climate is changing and ecosystems are under duress. In small island countries pollution levels continue to rise. Even the most remote island communities are experiencing build-up of wastes that cannot be easily managed or removed, damaging local habitats and impacting the health of island communities.
In the Pacific, 14 islands are working through the Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States (ISLANDS)(ISLANDS is already used above so should we just repeat to make it consistent?) project to build a future where hazardous chemicals and harmful wastes are safely managed and sustainably disposed.
The ISLANDS Pacific project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and executed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). The project is being implemented in Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Fiji, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.
“We’re really keen to see a strong Pacific voice come through this competition and urge all our Pacific communities to submit your entries – let’s amplify our Pacific voice and tell our Pacific stories,” said Mr Joshua Sam the Hazardous Waste Management Adviser at SPREP.
“Our future, and that of our planet is in our hands – we can make a difference, lets show our Pacific realities and aim for stronger outcomes for our Pacific survival at COP27 this year.”
#CreateCOP27 is an open call competition organized by Art Partner with support from UNESCO Regional Office for South Africa, the GEF/UNEP ISLANDS Programme with special media collaboration from EcoResolution and Fundación Populorum Progresso.
Applications opened on September 8 and will close on October 16 2022.
For more information on the competition and how to apply, please visit: CREATE COP27
The Implementing Sustainable Low and Non-Chemical Development in Small Island Developing States (ISLANDS) program is a $515-million, five-year initiative backed by the Global Environment Facility (providing $61 million) and partners, and implemented with the support of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Inter-American Development Bank. Participating countries include: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cabo Verde, Cook Islands, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kiribati, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Samoa, São Tomé and Príncipe, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Union of Comoros, and Vanuatu.
Photo: Submission to the COP26 competition by Andre Musgrove form the Bahamas. No Laughing Matter, 2020 "A Caribbean Reef Shark with a broken jaw possibly due to a fishing injury."