Competition sends young Chileans to global environmental meeting

The “You Create the Future” contest is open to all Chileans university students with a plan to protect the environment.  

For the fourth year in a row, young Chileans who are creating innovative projects with a focus on environmental sustainability will have a chance to take their ideas to a global conference held in Germany, as part of Bayer’s “You Create the Future” contest.
The Encuentro Juvenil Ambiental de Bayer (Bayer Young Environmental Envoy Program), which is currently accepting applicants on its website, is looking to engage youth with environmental issues, connect them with global efforts to protect the planet, and optimize the use of energy resources.
Organized by the NGO Acción RSE and the pharmaceutical company Bayer, the competition is sponsored by the Fundación Casa la Paz (House of Peace Foundation) and the United Nations Environment Programme. Each proposal has sustainable development as a primary goal.
Ideas for green businesses, recycling, combating climate change, promoting the efficient use of water and energy, and preserving biodiversity have all been submitted in previous competitions.
The two winners of the contest will represent Chile in the Bayer Young Environmental Envoy to be held in Germany at the end of the year. The meeting brings together university students from more than 20 countries across Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, with the aim of sharing their ideas and collaborating on projects promoting global environmental protection.
“This experience allowed me to learn about new technologies and share a sustainable vision for our daily lives with young people from every continent,” said Vicente Padilla, a ecotourism student and winner of last year’s contest. Padilla’s 2011 project proposed converting the Carretera Austral, a rugged highway that runs the length of Chile’s southern Patagonia, into the world capital of bicycle tourism.
“It’s an example of leadership and a way to educate others that are looking to improve and contribute to the protection of the environment,” he said.
The other winner, architectural student Patricio Mora, proposed an initiative to recycle and reuse rubble from heritage structures that are destroyed in natural disasters.
Applications will be accepted through July 15 from Chilean university students between the ages of 18 and 24. For more information about, see the official website (in Spanish).