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Seventeen grade five students from San Benedetto Po in north-central Italy submitted their posters to the CUPE Earth Day colouring contest. The students learned about the contest when a visiting CUPE staff person with a strong environmental conscience told the students about CUPE’s environmental program.

The students eagerly coloured the posters to show their environmental concerns and solutions. One poster depicts a wind turbine with the word “Si!” written above it and “No!” over an image of a polluting power plant. The message here is not lost in translation.

Recycling and reducing waste are other central themes on the posters. Another poster contrasts clean and green agricultural practices with more damaging industrial practices.  

As is always the case, these young people show in their artwork a sense of optimism for a greener and more environmentally-responsible future, while rejecting more destructive practices from the past.

A letter and some small gifts will be sent to the students by the National Environment Committee thanking them for participating.