TAISE has held the 'Climate Change Primary and Secondary School Painting Competition' for 13 consecutive years, seeing 59,152 pupils entering the competition. In the process of painting, we look forward that the pupils will put more thought into the relationship between humans and the Earth, come to cherish natural resources, cultivate a sensitivity towards environmental changes, and finally put climate action into practice and preserve our treasured homeland. In 2022, 6,486 pupils hailing from fourteen countries entered the competition.
According to the website of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), cities currently occupy about 3% of the Earth’s land area, but consume 60-80% of the world’s energy, and release as much as 70% of carbon emissions. Leading to making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable at the heart of UN’s SDG 11 'Sustainable Cities and Communities'. Considering this goal, the theme of this year’s painting competition is set as 'Little Homeland Designer', narrowing the focus to the relationship between climate change and cities or communities.
With the help from teachers, 'Green Earth Designer' allows pupils to familiarize themselves with their surroundings (including campuses) and get to know urban infrastructure, transportation, green space and security planning; to be aware of the damages to cities caused by natural disasters, to foster a proactive attitude towards disaster prevention, to engage in discussions over waste disposal, air pollution and other issues. The process of painting also encourages pupils to pay visits to nearby historic sites and learn about the histories of community development. By making connections to the local area, pupils may start to reflect on how to take the first step in making a sustainable city or community.
Purpose and Goals
- In line with SDG 11, we encourage pupils and teachers to learn how cities and communities adapt to climate change, build sustainable cities and communities, broaden their horizons, and take climate action. This painting competition also resonates with SDG 13 in taking climate action, improving education, and raising public awareness.
- The exhibition of climate change paintings may reach out to the public and call for climate action.
- Celebrate Earth Day on April 22nd and World Environment Day on June 5th to join to ranks of environmental protection activists.
- Provide a platform for pupils all around the world who are talented in painting and fine arts so that they could gain experience in participating in competitions and showing off their work to the public.