Earth Charter Student awards 2013, National University of Costa Rica

On September 2nd, prizes were awarded to the “Earth Charter Students” at the National University of Costa Rica (UNA). This distinction is given to students from UNA that are implementing the Earth Charter values and principles in their homes, universities, and communities.

The activity takes place once a year under the coordination of the Directorate of Extension, the Sustainable UNA-Campus program and the UNA-Earth Charter Network. On this occasion the award was given to more than ten students from different campuses of UNA around the country.

These youth leaders work on a wide variety of sustainable development topics, covering environmental and socio-economic issues. For example, one of the award winners, Mike Coto, explained his work at the UNA campus in Sarapiquí, which is two hours from the Costa Rican capital. Mike is currently studying Systems Engineering, he is the president of the student association, and he also coordinates projects on environmental conservation and education.

Today youth play a key role in creating a new model of development, one that is in harmony with the environment, that is equitable, inclusive, that promotes peace and non-violence, and one that values the person for what she or he is and not for what she or he has.