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Dream of a Greener Singapore on World Environment Day

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Spare a thought for our forests today, our grandchildren’s lives may depend on it.

In fact, you can start with your children today with Electrolux’s Dreaming of a Greener Singapore competition for kids under 12 years of age.

Your budding tween designer can draw, paint, stamp, crayon or print their vision of a greener future.  And what better time to begin than today, World Environment Day (WED)?

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has declared the theme of this year’s WED to be ‘Forests: Nature at your Service’, emphasising the link between mankind’s quality of life and the health of forests and their ecosystems.

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Save the forest, protect the trees – and your quality of life.
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Home to over 80 percent of animal species on Earth and 300 million humans, in addition to supporting the livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people, forests are a key factor to our continued existence on this planet. Yet, over 36 million acres are lost each year to support human activity and consumption.

The biggest and most widely celebrated annual global day, WED is meant to encourage positive action and political attention, with activities taking place globally all year round.

This year, special emphasis is placed on the impact of individual action. The official website allows anyone to post their plans to conduct environmental activities in their countries throughout the year.

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It’s a community effort this year – Anyone can plan an environmental activity and advertise it on the World Environment Day website
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From a 5,600km city bike rally in India to planting a strawberry bush in Newcastle, no activity is too small to include. The website even offers a WEDpack to get you started.

Here in Singapore, by taking part in the Dreaming of a Better Singapore competition, your child could help dream up a greener future and bring home one of three eco-friendly kitchen makeovers by Electrolux, worth up to $5,400. Winning designs will be exhibited at Electrolux’s upcoming ‘Vacs from the Sea’ showcase in September.

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Tan Chin Chin, Senior Interaction Designer has some tips for young artists:

–        Create the right environment for children to be creative; make sure they have a clear table to work at and remember to protect it either with newspaper or a plastic dustsheet.

–        Encourage them to look at the environment around them and draw what makes them happy and what they wish to keep forever e.g. trees, a clean seaside, happy people and pets etc.

–        Children work better on large pieces of paper, as they tend to draw large scale; give them at least A3-size sheets of paper to achieve the best results.

–        Give young designers as many different types of paints, brushes and crayons you can get your hands on – as far as they will be concerned, bigger is always better

–        Encourage your little ones to have a few practice attempts and remind them that they do not have to produce the final version in the first sitting

Check out http://www.facebook.com/thelittlewhitebook for more details on the contest.

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