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It’s our world, our future too: Young people’s voices on environment and health priorities

A manual and video have been produced containing the voices of young people from Russia, UK and Belgium. The children and students describe how the environment is affecting their health, and what they think can be done for a better future. Three themes are highlighted: urban environment and mental health; water, chemicals and air quality; and, other issues, such as racism, drugs and violence.

The manual was developed to show how to involve children and young people using video to get their message across.

Watch the video and related clip using the following links:

Budapest Diary (QuickTime, 12,6 MB, 2:44)

It’s our World, our Future too (QuickTime, 51 MB, 8:12)

The full DVD version of the video is available free of charge by e-mailing your request and full contact details to, the HEAL Secretariat.

The project was based on work done by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), who acted as one of the overall coordinators, along with ECO-Accord Center and Soros Foundation Hungary.

Thanks also goes to all of the young people, teachers and other individuals who made this project possible, and the European Commission and UK Health Protection Agency for making the video and its free distribution possible.

Thanks goes to the following: Russian school: Moscow Physical-Mathematical School No 1511 Coordination by: Victoria Elias, Eco Accord, Moscow ; Camera: Andrei Ivaschenko and Andrei Savenkov; Teachers: Galina Nikolaevna El’tseva (deputy director), Svetlana Yurievna Karaseva (teacher of ecology and environment), Valentina Nikolaevna Churilina (teacher of biology); Students: Dimitri Osmushkin, Alexander Nikitin, Nikolai Barmenkov, Alina Bezhenar, Polina Starygina, Vitaliy Lysenko

Belgian school: Vrij Technisch Instituut, Beringen Coordination by: Genon Jensen EPHA Environment Network; Teacher: Eef Carlier; Students: Ben Reynders, Rob Debacker, Wouter Vandebergh, Michael Dekeyser, Sander Heeren, Annelies Cassiers, Nicky Haegdorens and Dave Hannes

Hungarian school: Gandhi Secondary School, Pecs, Hungary Coordination by: Katalin Szoke, Soros Foundation Hungary; Teacher: Renáta Dezső Students: Ernő Balogh, Zoltán Bogdán, Zsolt Kolompár, Brigitta Kertész, Erika Mecseki; Camera: Carolyn Stephens

United Kingdom school: Eastbury High School, Barking Coordination by: Carolyn Stephens, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Camera: Nelson Sivalingam; Students: Nelson, Iram, Samiya, Jonathan, Onai, Kamaljit, Gladys, Stella, Helen, Chris, Gent, Robert, James, Edvin, Steven, James, Ernest, Yurgust, Antony, Pamela and friends from Gascoigne

Read more in the Information Release

Last updated on 14 June 2011

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