The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) is currently hosting its fifth annual Secondary Schools Eco-Song competition featuring the topic, 'Our Green Economy'. This year's focus, which was adapted from the United Nations Environment Programme's designated theme for World Environment Day 2012, 'Green Economy: Does it Include You?', centres on the need for a balance between economic development and conservation of our environment.
Preliminaries were held during October at three locations across Trinidad and Tobago in which 21 schools participated. Most of the musical compositions focused on the genre of calypso, while others included soca, chutney and rapso renditions.
The competition generally comprises two categories, Forms 1- 3 and Forms 4-6. The judges focus on lyrical relevance to the topic, performance on stage and melody among other elements. This year's judges are Stephen Jones, a representative from the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians Organisation (TUCO); Marceline Peters, curriculum officer for Visual and Performing Arts in the Ministry of Education; and Alisa Gomez, environmental education officer with the EMA.
According to EMA's managing director/CEO, Dr Joth Singh, "This competition exposes students to environmental issues in Trinidad and Tobago while encouraging positive environmental attitudes and behaviours. He continued, "Through this competition and other similar activities, the EMA seeks to fulfil its mandate of promoting educational and public awareness programmes on the environment. Involvement by students will increase the awareness levels of not only the students and their teachers, but also their family members, their fellow students and other people with whom they interact."
Selected finalists will move on to the final round of judging which will be held on November 24 at the Central Bank Auditorium.