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Young People Around the World Share Maps to Celebrate Earth Day 2013

April 22, 2013

In celebration of Earth Day 2013, the global program called My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE) announces our updated Youth Leadership Project Gallery. The gallery is an interactive map of more than 585 community projects from young people in 52 countries that tells of how students and pupils are making a difference for the environment around the world. 

All projects use geographic tools, like online mapping or even hand-drawn maps to identify sustainable development problems and solutions in local places. Topics include food security, climate change, natural disasters, green economy, water, energy, and more. Participants also connect using social networking, exchange ideas and comment on each other's work through the platforms provided by the program. In the past year, MyCOE youth have logged more than 3,000 person-hours working on their projects together over Skype.

The Youth Leadership Project Gallery is available for viewing and public comment at www.aag.org/mycoegallery.

MyCOE (My Community Our Earth: Geographic Learning for Sustainable Development) is a U.S. Type II Public-Private Partnership established in 2001 in conjunction with the United Nations World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. It provides geographic perspectives, learning resources, and technological tools to encourage youth to engage with their local communities around global sustainability themes. Additional information is available at www.mycoe.org.

The AAG is a founding partner of MyCOE and has served as secretariat since its inception. Current efforts also receive partner support from the US Department of State, NASA, USAID, and the private GIS software company, Esri.

For more information, see www.aag.org/mycoe.servir or contact Project Director Patricia Solís.

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