It is no secret that 2020 has brought with it many changes, challenges and obstacles to overcome. However, if one thing has been highlighted, it’s the sense of community the world has felt as we stand together in solidarity. The Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai team has been working with Santa’s team in Lapland to ensure children all over the world can still experience the joy and happiness of the holiday season, virtually and with a sustainable twist.
There are few people so instantly recognisable and so beloved as Santa Claus and with the happiness that he brings and his message of hope and joy, it should not come as a surprise that Santa is in fact from Lapland in Northern Finland.
Santa’s real home is located in the mysterious Korvatunturi fell in the heart of the Lapland wilderness. As the exact location is a secret known only to a chosen few, he decided to establish an office in Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland, in 1985.
He has used the time in this office to observe the problems and destruction humanity has brought about for the next generation. He has also witnessed the waves of positive change many countries are making in an effort to heal the planet and improve the environment.
Proud of the steps taken by his home country, Santa has teamed up with the Finnish pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai to spread his sustainable message to all.
We must change how we live, how we consume and how we educate ourselves in order to make the major transformation our society so greatly needs. A good life and future happiness can no longer be achieved by simply producing more and more goods and producing more and more packaging and waste. The only way to secure the sustainable future our younger generations deserve is by working towards a circular economy using model that encourages us to reduce, reuse and recycle. This means working with the resources we already have, curbing the current rate of consumption and doing away with the throw-away culture we have become accustomed to.
The youth of today is beginning to understand the implications of the climate crisis and the effects it will have on the future. Our children are demanding positive, progressive action is taken in order to protect them.
We are inviting school children from around the world between the ages of 7 - 11 years to share their vision for a happier, more sustainable future in a very special competition. The winners will get the opportunity to have a live, virtual call with Santa Claus himself.
To enter the competition, all you have to do is send us a digital letter or video of no more than 1 minute, sharing what your sustainable wishes are for the future. Do you wish to see less plastic in our oceans? Or for more of our products to be reused and recycled? Or perhaps you would like to reduce food waste? Whatever your wish for a more sustainable future, we would like to hear it.
As part of your submission, let us know how you can implement your sustainable wishes at home or at school.
Entries can be submitted as a school, as a class or as a family. The final entry must be submitted by a parent/guardian or teacher over the age of 18 years. If you would like to submit along with your class mates, share a link to this website with your teacher so you can submit as a class or a school. Please read the competition Terms & Conditions HERE and our Privacy Notice HERE before submitting your entry.
Deadline: Be sure to submit your entries before November 20, 2020.
Submissions: Click HERE to submit your entry
Santa will be announcing the winners, live, during a virtual event on December 8, 2020. So, be sure to follow us on social media to get the latest news about the competition and how you can join the live event.
LinkedIn: @Finland at Expo 2020 Dubai
Good Luck and we look forward to reading and watching all of your entries!
Who can participate?
The competition is open to students from around the world between the ages of 7 - 11 years.
Do we have to submit via our child’s school?
No, we are accepting entries from schools, classes and families.
How do we submit our letters and videos?
Click HERE to submit your entry. Letters must be submitted in PDF format and video files in mp4 format.
How long should the video be?
All video entries should be a maximum of 1 minute.
How many submissions can we enter as a school?
We are accepting one entry per school or one entry per class.
How many submissions can we enter as a family?
We are accepting one entry per family.
What is a circular economy?
A circular economy is an economic model of the future, in which natural resource used do not exceed the earth’s carrying capacity. You can find out more about the circular economy in the section above: Circular Economy Learning Resources.
What is the prize?
The winners will get a live, virtual call with Santa Claus himself.
If we win as a family how many people can join the live Zoom with Santa?
As the call will be virtual, there is no limit to the number of family members or friends who can join the call. Dial-in details will be provided to the parent who submitted the entry and as a family, you are free to decide how you participate in the event.
If we win as a school, How many students can join the live Zoom with Santa?
As the call will be virtual, there is no limit to the number of students who can join the call. Dial-in details will be provided to the teacher who submitted the entry and as a school, you are free to decide how you participate in the event.