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Meet the judges and see the winning design
We're excited to announce the winner of our youth flag design competition, run in collaboration with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. The winning flag design will be planted on the seabed at the North Pole next month!
But before we show you a video of Vivienne Westwood choosing the winning design -- let's meet the judges.
"I feel honoured to represent Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world as a judge for Flag for the Future. Recently I took part in another competition at school to design couture fashion made from recycled materials and now I find myself travelling to meet one of the world's top designers who also really cares about the planet!
"I am one of the millions of people who have signed the 'Save The Arctic' scroll because I fear for the animals that might become extinct and the exploitation that would occur in the Arctic if we don't take action. I can't bear to think about an Arctic without polar bears and icebergs with their beautiful colours and patterns. The Arctic is very far away from my home in Ireland but it is still my responsibility and the responsibility of everyone in the world to make sure that it becomes a global sanctuary."
Aishah is a 15 year old Girl Guide who lives in Cork, Ireland with her brothers and mother.
"We need to move towards an energy revolution where sustainable forms of clean energy can fuel our future. I am honoured to be a judge for the Flag of the Future competition because the youth of today are the future and their creativity is what we need in order to make positive change a reality."
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Canada, Hilary Tam is a Greenpeace campaigner and part-time television presenter in Toronto. In 2010, Hilary was crowned Miss Chinese Toronto and has since gone on to represent her city at Miss Chinese International 2012, she was also a finalist for Miss Hong Kong 2012.
Hilary is currently completing her Master's degree in Sustainability and Management at Royal Holloway, University of London while dedicating her spare time to defend the Arctic with Greenpeace UK.
"The creativity of young people is one of the most powerful tools we have to build a better world. The winning flag for the future is a fantastic representation of peace, hope and global community, and I am proud that it's on the way to the North Pole."
Dame Vivienne Westwood was born Vivienne Isabelle Swire in Glossop, Derbyshire, UK on 8th April 1941. She began designing in 1971 along with her then partner Malcolm McLaren when London was at the forefront of cultural trends.
By the end of the seventies Vivienne Westwood was already considered a symbol of the British avant-garde and punk movements. Vivienne Westwood is now recognized as a global brand and Westwood herself as one of the most influential fashion designers in the world today. Vivienne Westwood today continues to show all over the world including in Paris, Milan and London.
She uses the medium of her shows to talk about culture and politics, more specifically about the urgent need to act against climate change.
"Judging the flag for the future has made me think a lot about the use of symbolism in different cultures. For example the colour blue is a symbol of peace and also known to keep bad spirits away. The flag must be global and I wanted to keep in mind that not every country has the same meaning of doves or rainbows.
"I was looking for a flag that made me feel peace, hope and unity. I also wanted a design that made me feel empowered and stirred up inside because we are working together to care for our planet and for the Arctic and together I hope that we will achieve peace."
Raquel is an artist and carver from the Inuvaluit First Nations community in Canada. Her work draws heavily on symbolism and she is particularly interested in the challenges and issues faced as a young Inuvialuit women.
She hopes to to bring strength, courage, peace, and if possible a bit of inspiration to those that come into contact with her pieces. Raquel has worked at the Inuvik Youth Centre where she encourages young artists to pursue training. As well as being a celebrated sculptural artist she also speaks at conferences on the issue of Indigenous rights.
"Having experienced its breath taking beauty first hand, I am extremely concerned for the future of the Arctic. As the sea ice retreats and the oil industry moves north, it is crucial that the youth of today continues the ongoing effort to protect this pristine wilderness and oppose those who seeks to exploit it. Therefore I am thrilled to be part of the 'Flag for the Future' project and look forward to reviewing the entries."
Christian has been with Greenpeace for six years, as a volunteer, activist and employee. He is currently Lead Creative at Greenpeace Nordic. Christian has a bachelor's degree in Visual Communication from Danish School of Media and Journalism and has studied Graphic Arts and Design at the Leeds School of Contemporary Art & Graphic Design.
He has participated in a number of offshore Greenpeace actions against Arctic oil drilling, including last years attempt to stop a Shell-commissioned icebreaker from reaching it's Chukchi- and Beaufort Sea drill sites. Christian went to the Arctic with Greenpeace in 2010 on a research trip to Greenland.
"Having seen for myself majestic glacier views and incredible wildlife such as polar bears I am delighted to be able to help the Save the Arctic campaign. Before we pass the point of no return we have to, as a caring global community, take the action that is needed to protect the Arctic."
From Lima, Peru, Miryam became a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts when she was 9 years old and has been involved in the movement ever since. With a bachelor's degree in Forestry Sciences, she has a keen interest in conservation and education. In 2012 Miryam joined Greenpeace on the ship the Arctic Sunrise – bearing witness to a record breaking sea ice loss in the Arctic.
A professional artist from north of Canada, John is known for distinctive modern Aboriginal designs. Adopted as a child, John began searching for his birth parents as a young adult. This journey has lead him to rediscover his roots in the community of the Chipewayne Dene First Nation peoples.
His painting style reflects the harmony of the Dene people with their surrounding way of life and natural environment. John also tries to inspire other upcoming aboriginal artists through creative workshops. His work has been featured in shows and exhibitions across Canada, including as part of the 2010 Olympic games.
|The WINNER: Sarah, Malaysia, 13-year-old Girl Guide: |
“As a member of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia"
The last word
We would like to thank the judges and everyone who participated, and leave the last word to Sarah (13) from Malaysia, who submitted the winning flag design:
“As a member of Girl Guides Association of Malaysia, I feel very happy and honoured to be part of the effort to Save the Arctic and the historic flag ceremony. We need to protect the Arctic because it is the home of many indigenous peoples and many animal species. It should be declared a global sanctuary.
"I found out about the competition during my Environmental Journey in India visit last December at Sangam, World Centre of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. After looking at a photo of the two brave Girl Guides taken in the Arctic, I decided to do my little part by participating and supporting the campaign to Save the Arctic.
"This is a golden opportunity for me to send the message of hope and peace to the rest of the world. We can only save the Arctic for future generations if we are united in peace and harmony."