Celebrating World Environment Day June 5
Speaking 4 the Planet (S4P) is a public speaking, spoken word and visual arts competition created to provide opportunities for students to express their ideas for a better world.
This year due to Covid-19 the competition is going entirely online.
With the UN’s World Environment Day theme as a starting point, students prepare and deliver punchy, quirky, creative and pointed speeches, dramatic spoken word performances or artworks designed to influence the thoughts, emotions and actions of the viewing audience and, of course, the judging panel. Since 2013, high school students in NSW, Australia have been participating in S4P competitions. Educator Phil Smith created the competitions as a way of highlighting World Environment Day (WED), which is run by the United Nations Environment Programme.
The 2020 Christchurch-based competition follows on from the successful inaugural competition held on June 7, 2019. Check out the speeches and art works entered last year. An article about the 2019 competition can be read on Stuff
For the 2020 competition there will be 3 age section with different competition categories.
- Years 7-8 [Intermediate] – prepared speech, art, meme and TikTok
- Years 9-11 [Secondary] – prepared speech, art, meme and TikTok
- Young Adult Open (ages 16-24) – prepared speech, spoken word, art, meme and TikTok
The competition is open to all students – registration for the competition can be done through a school or by individual students keen to compete (parental permission needed to compete on the day if under 16). Individuals registering for the Young Adult section, particularly tertiary students, can do so at any time up until the end of May.
Schools please note: the maximum from any school in each category is 6 students. If you are unsure of your exact numbers at this stage please indicate what you will aim for and add a comment at the end of the online form. Please register your interest in competing by 5th May.
Following registration we will send you a S4P Resource Pack that is full of information on the 2020 World Environment Day theme – BIODIVERSITY – with associated SDGs such as climate change. The pack will also include instructions for all categories and consent forms.
Wanting to see the final cut after judging? SOC will host the winning entries on this website whilst the hard-copy versions of the art works will also be exhibited at EnviroHub in The Kiosk at the Botanic Gardens at a date yet TBC.
Want to find out who the judges are? Check out this page.
Thank you on behalf of the organisers: Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and NZAEE, Chch Branch.
Register using this form.