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Energy Globe Award

With more than 182 participating countries and over 2000 project submissions annually the Energy Globe Award is today's most prestigious environmental prize worldwide. It distinguishes projects regionally, nationally and globally that conserve resources such as energy or utilize renewable or emission-free sources. Award ceremonies are held all over the world. Prominent personalities as well as Energy Globe Ambassadors in 90 countries support the mission of Energy Globe. The activities of Energy Globe attract worldwide media attention - international TV stations report each year with approximately 1,000 hours of broadcasting time. The aim of the Energy Globe is to raise global attention on sustainable, everywhere applicable environmental solutions and to motivate people to also become active in this area.

National ENERGY GLOBE Award Germany 2018

Submitted by: Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations
German-Fiji Youth Exchange (GerFiji17)

In light of the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) hosted by Fiji and held in Germany, the Foundation for the Rights of Future Generations organized an exchange programme between 14 Fijian and 14 German youth climate activists. The project enabled youth from both countries to get acquainted with climate change, its consequences and the resulting living circumstances in both Fiji and Germany. The overall goal of the project was to raise awareness for the effects of climate change and the urgency to take measures.

Initial situation
As an island state in the Pacific Ocean, Fiji is one of the countries in this world already facing the drastic effects of climate change. Rising sea levels, cyclones and rising temperature levels threaten food security, health and, ultimately, threaten the survival of the Fijian people. In February 2016, cyclone Winston, the most intense tropical cyclone in the Southern Hemisphere on record, the costliest tropical cyclone on record as well as the strongest to make landfall in the Southern Hemisphere destroyed major parts of Fiji and affected about 350,000 people in Fiji alone.

Solution
This exchange brought together Fijian and German politically and environmentally active youths, promoting international understanding and capacity-building between peers from different backgrounds fighting for the same cause. 3-15 Oct 2017, the German delegation met with numerous state and non-state actors such as research institutions and universities in Fiji. The participants became acquainted with measures from civil society and religious communities and took part in meetings with NGOs.

Innovation
This project was the first youth exchange to include only Fiji and Germany, while at the same time focusing solely on ecological issues. It was organized by young people for young people. Because the aim of the project was to foster and promote climate action, the exchanged was organized to be as climate-neutral as possible. All emissions resulting from air traffic - approximately 10,000 kg of CO2 emissions per person - were compensated by taking appropriate measures such as through offsetting the CO2 emissions with “Atmosfair.”

We are an enthusiastic supporter of the Energy Globe Awards and its aim to strengthen society’s awareness of the necessity for ecological change, by honouring outstanding best practice projects in environmental sustainability from all parts of the world. ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA is the official Trade Promotion Organisation (TPO) of the Republic of Austria and as a country we are proud of our success in green technologies. Our support of the Energy Globe Awards continues this tradition.




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