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UNEP Auctions “Paint for the Planet” Paintings, Releases Children’s Survey Results

Children take to the canvas to advocate for climate change in UN campaign 26 October 2008: The UN kicked off its “UNite to Combat

Climate Change” campaign on 23 October 2008, with the “Paint for the Planet”

art exhibition. The exhibition was followed on 25 October 2008 by an auction

that raised US$21,000, which will be donated to children affected by

climate-related disasters.

The “UNite to Combat Climate Change” campaign calls

for a definitive agreement at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference in

December 2009. The paintings will travel to climate change meetings for the

next 14 months, and will finally be displayed in Copenhagen in December 2009.

In conjunction with the campaign, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has

released results of a survey that it says highlights the concern of young

people about climate change.

The results show that youth worldwide believe

climate change to be a top concern. Moreover, they show that in the US, South

Africa and Brazil, at least 70% of youth surveyed believe that leaders are not

doing enough. Commenting on the results of the survey, Achim Steiner, UNEP

Executive Director, underlined youth are “seriously worried about what climate

change will mean in terms of their future on this planet.” [UNEP

Press Release on Paint for the Planet] [UNEP

Press Release on UNite to Combat Climate Change] [Paint for the Planet website] [UN

Press Release]