‘Our experience in organising Negavatt, the five year old resource conservation competition, has shown that the youth of today have sufficiently innovative and meaningful thoughts about how to preserve the environment that surrounds us. We would also like to give younger children the opportunity to come up with their own ideas,’ said EIC Director Veiko Kaufmann, explaining the need for the mini Negavatt competition. ‘Our hope is that we spark enthusiasm and desire in children to work together with their classmates, teachers and parents to find solutions to smaller and bigger environmental problems. One of the current participants in the small Negavatt competition may even eventually end up winning the big Negvatt competition’.
The competition is looking for clips that offer solutions to various environmental problems, such as how to conserve water, time, paper, electricity, food and waste or to preserve the environment that surrounds us in some other way. To participate in the competition one must assemble a team with at least 3 members and create a video clip of up to 2 minutes in duration, in which the problem is described and a solution offered. After doing so, the video must be registered on the mini Negavatt homepage. The competition is taking place in two age categories: Students from grades I-III and grades IV-VI. The entire class may participate and utilise the help of teachers, youth workers, directors of hobby groups as well as parents. Participation in the competition is open until 4 November 2018.
‘When assessing the works that are submitted to the competition, the ability of the child to describe the nature of the environmental problem and the solutions offered during the video will be taken into consideration,’ said Kadi Mitt, Project Manager for the Negavatt project, explaining how the best of the best would be determined, adding that the solution does not necessarily have to be something new and innovative. ‘We can make our own contribution to making the area around our home better through simple and everyday activities and by changing our behaviour patterns. What could be better than teaching children how to identify bottlenecks right now, so that in the future they could serve as examples for others’.
Winners of the video competition in both age groups will receive up to EUR 700 in travel money to visit an environmental education related museum, educational centre, a company or take a nature hike. The other teams finishing in the top three will also receive a prize. The winners of the competition will be determined by EIC employees. Special awards to favourites will be awarded by Eesti Pandipakend, Uuskasutuskeskus and Rimi Eesti Food AS. In addition, a drawing will be held between all participants for a smartphone to help them make new and exciting videos.
The Environmental Investment Centre finances various environmental projects using funds from Estonian environmental charges, income from the sale of carbon dioxide quotas, and from the Structural Funds of the European Union. In addition, the EIC offers the opportunity to apply for a targeted loan for implementing environmental projects. Over a period of eighteen years, the state has supported more than 20,000 environmental projects via the EIC. The EIC, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Environment, is organising a competition, Negavatt, for 18-30 year olds, with the goal being to raise resource-related awareness and to encourage the offering of solutions that help to conserve resources.