Eight remarkable projects featuring men and women making a real contribution to education for sustainable development are featured in the UNESCO Green Citizens: Pathfinders for Change exhibition. It will be presented inside five international Moroccan airports from November 2016 to March 2017:
- Marrakech Menara’s airport in November 2016
- Casablanca Mohammed V’s airport in December 2016
- Rabat-Salé’s airport in January 2017
- Tanger’s airport in February 2017
- Fès Sais’ airport in March 2017
The exhibition, which will be launched on 14 November on UNESCO’s and the Mohamed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection’s pavilions on the COP22 civil society area, 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 Botanical Foundation and SIPA PRESS, UNESCO launched the UNESCO Green Citizens initiative, prior to COP 21 (December 2015), to shift the spotlight on men and women around the world - Pathfinders for change - who have launched remarkable projects in education or awareness for sustainable development to build a better future.
In order to give a local dimension to the exhibition, a ninth project of education for sustainable development led in the Marrakech’s palm grove has been added to the exhibition thanks to the collaboration of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. The Moroccan Airports Authority and Royal Air Maroc also joined UNESCO in this important project of raising awareness to the major challenges related to education for sustainable development.
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 agents for change for sustainable development who share their stories, it shows that everyone can become a citizen of the planet.
The ninth projects selected, which embody the notion of transmitting good practices, 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
- Morocco : Safeguarding natural and cultural heritage while training local communities
The exhibition debuted at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, in October 2015 and was subsequently seen on board the COP21 Climate Train, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from February to April 2016 and at the United Nations Office at Geneva from June to September 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.