Eight remarkable projects featuring men and women making a real contribution to education for sustainable development are featured in the exhibition “UNESCO Green Citizens: Pathfinders for Change” at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland, from the 8th of June to the 30th of September 2016.
The exhibition, which is the first to have ever been presented on the Palais des Nations’ fences, reveals the talent and determination of people rising to the challenge of making the right choices for a sustainable world.
In partnership with the Klorane Institute and SIPA PRESS, UNESCO launched the UNESCO Green Citizens initiative, right before COP 21 (December 2015), to shift the attention towards men and women around the world - Pathfinders for change - who have designed and implemented remarkable projects in education or awareness for sustainable development to build a better future.
Everyone can become a citizen of the planet
The exhibition, through portraits and documentaries, pays tribute to people who give life to educational projects for sustainable development worldwide and help us move towards fairer and more inclusive green societies. In highlighting 25 amazing change agents for sustainable development, the exhibition shows that everyone can become a citizen of the planet.
The eight projects selected embody the notion of transmitting good practices; they are:
- Senegal: "A Great Green Wall" against desertification in the Sahel
- India: empowering local communities while preserving a natural heritage
- France: a commitment to sustainable fishing in Brittany
- USA: restoration of the Gulf of Mexico's coasts in Mississippi
- Egypt: the Egyptian Recycling School
- Nicaragua: promoting and transmitting indigenous knowledge
- Vanuatu: performing arts to change behaviour
- Japan: using rice farming methods to teach environmental protection
The exhibition debuted at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, in October 2015 and was subsequently seen on board the COP21 Climate Train, in October 2015 and at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from February to April 2016.
Are you a pathfinder for change?
Do you see people in your community making a change toward a more sustainable future? Or do you want to take part yourself and encourage others to learn about sustainable development? Then participate in the UNESCO Green Citizens web platform on which you can share your projects and discover other initiatives being implemented throughout the world.