From 4 to 5 February, UNU-IAS, the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, and the Environmental Restoration and Conservation Agency jointly organized an environmental workshop and presentation contest for Japanese high schoolers.
On Saturday, high school students from across Japan worked in groups to consider how their daily activities could be linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Also, the students used worksheets to propose actions under the theme of “The Future We Want in 2030” and gave presentations at the end of the day.
On Sunday, sixteen selected high schools presented on their environmental activities. Activities were judged by the contest board members based on independence, theme, partnership, achievement, and communication. The UNU-IAS Director Award was presented to Mikage High School (Hyogo Prefecture) Environmental Science Biology Club for their research activities on the biodiversity of fungi on Mt. Rokko.
In parallel with the seminar, GEOC organized an exhibition to promote the SDGs and actions to contribute to the achievement of the goals.