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.
In 2020 due to Covid-19 the competition went 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 results are here.
The 2020 Christchurch-based competition followed 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 were 3 age sections 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
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 were? Check out this page.
Thank you on behalf of the organisers (Sustainable Ōtautahi Christchurch and NZAEE, Chch Branch) to our wonderful sponsors.