Online forum for youth to talk about environment

March 6th, 2008 - 2:15 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 6 (IANS) What do young people think about the state of the environment? They can now tell the world through Supported by telecom giant Nokia, two of the world’s largest environmental groups - World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) - launched Wednesday the interactive website meant for people between 13 and 35.

The site will be “a new online community where young people can have their say on the environment by uploading videos, pictures and comments”, the three organisations said in a joint statement to the media.

“The site will also allow people to rank other entries, discuss the issues that matter most to them, and share smart ideas and solutions from their own communities. Each month users will vote on a winner who will be rewarded with a Nokia mobile phone.

“The overall winner, selected by a panel of prominent conservationists, will get the chance to participate in the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Barcelona this October and present his or her ideas directly to political, environmental and business leaders from around the world,” the statement added.

The connect2earth site is optimised for using mobile phones to create short films, capture photos and submit comments.

IUCN director general Julia Marton-Lef

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