Kids from around the world joined forces to express their concerns about global warming by creating the “world’s biggest postcard” which was emblazoned on a glacier in the Swiss Alps.
More than 125,000 colourful and hand-written postcards from kids, placed together as one huge postcard stretching to half the size of a football pitch, was unfurled by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and partners on the threatened Aletsch glacier earlier this month.
Aletsch glacier is the longest and deepest in the Alps. If global warming trends continue, the glacier will completely melt away and disappear by the end of this century.
Each individual postcard included climate change promises and messages from children and young people from 35 countries in the world. The postcards, with a range of drawings and slogans, bore messages of efforts to fight climate change and help the environment including limiting water use, promises to use public transportation, recycling old goods before buying new ones among them, calling for more trees and less pollution, and to stop global warming.
The postcards were intended to generate public awareness ahead of a UN climate conference in Poland in December. The organisers were also pursuing a secondary goal of setting a Guinness World Record for the postcard with the most contributions.
At over 3,400m altitude, the Aletsch glacier was chosen as the location for the Guinness world record because it is a powerful image of the strong impact of climate change on high mountain regions. Aletsch glacier currently spans 14.3 miles but it has already lost 1.9 miles since 1870.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea