128,000 children protect the world's climate

(PresseBox) ( Frankfurt am Main, )
128,000 children accepted the challenge to walk and cycle on a symbolic journey that stretched 20 times around the world to protect the world's climate. On Friday representatives of these children will hand over the results to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.

"ZOOM - Kids on the move for a better climate" is Climate Alliance's campaign for children aged 4 to 10 years old. For each journey made by the children using a sustainable means of transport during a dedicated activity week they are awarded with one Green Footprint.

ZOOM kids in Austria, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and in Turkey got together to collect Green Footprints as their contribution to save the world´s climate. Children in Australia, New Zealand, on Fiji and Samoa joined them spontaneously. The ambitious challenge was to gather at least 801,500 Green Footprints, which equals the number of kilometres needed to travel around the world 20 times. This represents the ten years the Kyoto- Protocol is now in existence plus the next ten years which will show how ready we all are to fulfil our part on climate protection.

A total of 128,000 children participated in the 2007 ZOOM campaign, more than ever before. But did they hit the target? On Friday twenty children from Sunrise School in Kerobokan, Bali, whose international student body comes from countries all around the world, will hand over the Green Footprints to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer.

Ulrike Janssen, Director of the Climate Alliance of European Cities, promised the children their concerns about the global climate would be presented to the participants at the Climate Change Summit. These children, the adults of tomorrow, who do not want to suffer the consequences of climate change - are ready to ZOOM on and make things better than they have been for their parents and grandparents.

Friday, 7 December, 16:30
Press Conference Room, BICC
UN Climate Change Conference in Bali
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