Summit For Youth To Engage in Building a Greener Future
Summit For Youth To Engage in Building a Greener Future
The Generation Earth Summit, which takes place in South Africa today (Friday, 2 October) at Sandton Convention Centre, is being enabled by Tsogo Sun in support of the Summit’s campaign to give young people a voice in the green space and mobilising them to take the reins to ensure a sustainable future for our planet.
“With this Summit, Generation Earth has created a platform for young people to engage with organisations that are making decisions and taking action that affects their future,” says Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s General Manager: Corporate Affairs. “We’re very proud to be a part of this forward-thinking initiative and have every confidence that the work being done now will have a positive impact for generations to come.”
Generation Earth, which was launched in 2011, works with 87 urban-based high school councils around the country, comprising about 1 700 learners, in a structured action plan for the youth to make a difference in the betterment of the environment. The students on the Generation Earth councils are expected to be studying the sciences and to have expressed an interest in a career involving the environment. Generation Earth was founded by Ella Bella Constantinides, a UN Youth Mentor and Ambassador, and is affiliated with UNEP, the UN Environment Programme, and Tunza, the UN environment programme for youth.
Tsogo Sun is the official venue and accommodation partner to Generation Earth in a partnership agreement valued at nearly R200 000. “The Generation Earth programme is an ideal fit for Tsogo Sun as it connects perfectly with our social investment programmes, which target the youth and education,” says Tothill. “The focus of Generation Earth is on young people and changing behaviour, and on encouraging thought leadership – all three of which synergise with Tsogo Sun’s Citizenship philosophy.
The Summit, with 350 Generation Earth delegates chosen from the participating school councils, is the culmination of a year of environmental work by the students and preparation for the Summit. The main focus of this year’s Summit is food security ahead of the critical climate change negotiations in Paris at COP21, taking place in December 2015. COP21 aims to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2oC. Constantinides, as a UN Ambassador, will be presenting the innovative concepts developed by the council members at the Generation Earth Summit to COP21 in Paris.
Ella Bella Constantinides is positive about the outcomes from the Summit. “This is our fourth Summit and over the years we have strived to build a generation of leaders who are committed to developing sustainable-minded communities, societies and countries that will be a part of the green cities of the future.” She also commended Generation Earth’s partners – Tsogo Sun, Nedbank, the US Embassy – and local supporters – the Minister of Environmental Affairs, the Department of Basic Education, Lead SA and Brand SA – for contributing so significantly to Generation Earth. “Working alongside partners and organisations that share our vision for a sustainable future and are making a difference to the environment is a critical component to our success,” she says.
Miss Earth South Africa 2015 – Carla Viktor – takes a big step into a more environmentally friendly year following her crowning today, Thursday 10 September, at Tsog...
Miss Earth South Africa 2015 – Carla Viktor – takes a big step into a more environmentally friendly year following her crowning today, Thursday 10 September, at Tsogo Sun’s Rosa venue at the Palazzo at Montecasino. Together with the Miss Earth South Africa leadership development programme, Tsogo Sun is helping to deliver the message of personal responsibility towards our planet through a collaborative partnership aimed at raising environmental awareness for a greener future.
“The Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme empowers young South African women with knowledge about environmental sustainability and provides a powerful platform for them so that they can serve as positive role models to the younger generation. We are delighted to congratulate the new Miss Earth South Africa as she takes the reigns and continues leading this good work,” comments Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s General Manager: Corporate Affairs, who heads up the partnership with Miss Earth. “The partnership enables Tsogo Sun to extend our reach outwards into the communities who most need this type of education so that they are equipped with the understanding to help them behave more responsibly towards the environment.”
Miss Earth is crowned annually and is committed to raising awareness among South Africans for environmentally sustainable communities through tree-planting, recycling, energy efficiency and carbon-conscious lifestyle choices. Tsogo Sun will continue its support of Miss Earth throughout the year’s activities.
Catherine Constantinides, National Director of Miss Earth South Africa, says Miss Earth is proud to call Tsogo Sun home for the fourth year running and that the partnership is contributing to growth and efficiency in the programme’s development. “Our vision is to create a positive and lasting change in corporate and social behaviour by addressing environmental, water, energy, conservation and sustainability issues, and by building communities and networks based on the principles of sustainability and human development – and Tsogo Sun contributes to this vision.”
Through its partnership with the Miss Earth South Africa ambassadors, Tsogo Sun has enabled nearly 19 000 school children to be reached and educated, planted close to 700 trees, established and maintained about 60 vegetable gardens and delivered close to 8 000 stationery packs to South African learners.
Tsogo Sun’s Environmental Management Programme has been making a steady impact over the years as the group strives to improve its green consciousness and reduce its carbon footprint. Far-reaching initiatives that reduce the impact that the business has on the environment and encourages guests and employees to embrace greener behaviour have been introduced. “The sustainability of our business practices and our communities is core to our strategy. There is no doubt that the next generation of consumers are more aware of the impact that their behaviour has on the environment. Through our partnership with Miss Earth we aim to further educate and change the behaviour of the youth, by profiling the environmental awareness of their peers who are credible ambassadors,” concludes Vusi Dlamini, Tsogo Sun’s Group HR Director.
Fittingly announced on World Environment Day on 5 June, Tsogo Sun has entered into a new partnership with Generation Earth, a green networking platform with the youth, for the y...
Fittingly announced on World Environment Day on 5 June, Tsogo Sun has entered into a new partnership with Generation Earth, a green networking platform with the youth, for the youth and by the youth, that recognises and develops green thinkers who are tomorrow’s global leaders.
This new relationship, which sees Tsogo Sun becoming the venue and accommodation partner to Generation Earth, including their annual summit in October this year, follows on several years of partnership with sister organisation Miss Earth, a leadership programme that empowers young South African women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in combatting the destruction of our natural heritage.
Generation Earth works with 80 school councils around the country, comprising about 1 700 learners, in a structured action plan for the youth to make a difference in the betterment of the environment. The students on the Generation Earth councils are expected to be studying the sciences, and to have expressed an interest in a career involving the environment.
“It has been, and continues to be, a great pleasure working with Miss Earth and contributing to their stalwart efforts to involve young women in sustainable green initiatives,” says Candy Tothill, Tsogo Sun’s exec responsible for corporate affairs. “We’re sure that the same will apply to our newly formed partnership with Generation Earth and their efforts to get bright young people to ‘think green’ in the interests of a sustainable future. Green issues are high on our corporate priorities and this work connects well with our CSI focus on youth development, making the partnerships with both Miss Earth and Generation Earth a good fit for Tsogo Sun.”
At the Generation Earth Summit in October, the student councils will present innovations linked to COP21’s theme of food security and water and energy conservation, ahead of COP21 – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – from 30 November to 11 December in Paris. COP21 will aim to achieve a new international agreement on the climate, applicable to all countries, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2oC.
“We’re delighted to be welcoming Tsogo Sun to the environmental initiatives of Generation Earth,” says Ella Bella Constantinides, Founder of Generation Earth and a UN Youth Mentor. “We have no doubt that the relationship will be as warm and rewarding as it is with the Miss Earth organisation – and that soon Generation Earth will also regard Tsogo Sun as ‘home’.”
Also introduced at the World Environment Day event were the Johannesburg nominees for Miss Earth 2015, who have all been planting vegetable gardens, getting involved in waste projects, and planting trees, in preparation for the crowning of the new Miss Earth in September.
“Supporting youth in their efforts to build a sustainable future for us is the right thing to do – and we’re proud to do it,” says Tothill.