24.07.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

UNESCO Venice Office YouTube channel airs new cartoons on water issues and the Garbage Patch State

©Gruppo Alcuni/Ciak Junior - Water belongs to us all! video

Within the second cartoon series of the H2Ooooh! Initiative, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), encourages youth around the world to create and share their own stories on how to better safeguard and protect the precious natural resource of water. During the 24th Edition of the CIAK Junior International Film Festival held in Cortina d’Ampezzo from 20-25 May 2013, four cartoons were produced by the participants.

CIAK Junior calls upon youth from Europe and around the world to create an audio-visual product - from start to finish, covering all phases, and taking part in the production of a short film. Every year, the young participants present films which clearly express their concerns, the daily challenges they face, their hopes and their willingness to propose changes which they think need to be addressed so as to have a more equitable, peaceful, stable world - in other words, a more livable world.

This year, four short animated films were produced during the Festival by the participants; two are related to water issues and the other two to the Garbage Patch State. The videos are now on air on our UNESCO Venice Office YouTube channel:

  • Water belongs to us all! 

PetPal Nameless, the little chick whose actions speak louder than words, is in its natural habitat next to a body of water.  A truck appears and with a pipeline sucks up the water in great amounts, desiccating the surrounding wildlife. Nameless in response clogs up the pipeline with a clothespin, causing it to burst and thus return the water the earth. One realizes that water we use can come at the expense of others. We become mindful of water as a shared resource.

Watch : Water belongs to us all! [0:57]

  • Don’t waste water!

PetPal Diva, the vain and impulsive duckling, is watering her garden. Diva answers a call on her mobile phone, leaving the hose running. Her garden overflows with water, while the water of a frog in the nearby pond runs out. The angry frog travels through the conduit connecting his pond to Diva’s garden. He bangs on Diva’s door and she answers it, only to have the wasted water flood her home. Diva, remorseful, opens her garden gate and water gushes forth, replenishing the emptied pond. Diva is once again watering her plants, but this time shutting off the hose in a more conscientious manner. Diva understands that carelessness with water use can be avoided simply by being aware of one’s actions. 

Watch: Don’t waste water! [1:45]

  • Garbage Patch State 1

A seagull is flying over a supermarket from which a man exits and guzzles a bottled drink. Instead of disposing of this bottle in its appropriate bin, he throws it into the ocean. The bottle is met with more and more floating debris until it forms a mound of garbage. This is the Garbage Patch State, an area of over 15,916,000 square kilometers of litter floating in the ocean. The seagull, visibly saddened by the polluted state of the water below, flies away.

Watch: Garbage Patch 1 [1:27] 

Garbage Patch State 2

Two monster-like garbage trucks are taking in piles of trash and then dispensing them into the ocean next to a seagull, who is then hit by a discarded bottle. The garbage floats along the ocean, eventually entering the mouth of a whale who becomes ill as a result and shoots it out of his blow-hole. A flying bottle again hits the injured seagull, and lands on a massive accumulation of trash.  Both the bottle and the upset seagull are shown atop this accumulation, which is the Garbage Patch State. The Garbage Patch State is visible from space, and then the earth itself turns out to be a piece of garbage next to the bins.

Watch: Garbage Patch State 2 [1:53]

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