With the help of children and youth, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) intends to beat the Guinness World Record of the largest composed postcard. The purpose of the campaign is to give children and youth the chance to voice their concerns about climate change and to send a message to the world’s leaders that ‘We are the future – give us a chance’. The aim is ambitious: 100 000 climate commitment postcards with individual pledges from learners from schools across the world. As a key partner of this initiative and a contributor towards mobilising immediate action to stop global warming, MIET AFRICA will collect 50 000 postcards from children and youth in the SADC region.
The 100 000 postcards will be pasted together, similar to a mosaic, to form a record-breaking giant postcard that will be displayed on the Aletsch glacier in Switzerland – the longest and deepest glacier of the Alps Mountains – located at an altitude of more than 3500 m above sea level in a place called ‘Top of Europe’. Learners are also encouraged to write a message to their country’s president, ward councillor, or even the CEO of a company with a request for a specific action to take place which impacts their local environment.
On the giant mosaic postcard a message will be visible from high above:
We are the future
Give us a chance
Stop global warming – 1.5°C
The postcard will be exposed on 30 October 2018, ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP24) meeting in Poland on 3-14 December 2018. This international gathering of world leaders meets each year to discuss the progress made toward addressing climate change and to make new commitments to reduce its impacts.
Pictures taken by the media of the giant mosaic postcard on the glacier will be viewed around the world, as a call to action from children and youth on climate change.