connect2earth 2009 prize awarded

Winner gains first-hand experience of UN climate talks in Copenhagen.

A 19 year-old Colombian student is this year’s grand prize winner of an international youth competition running on connect2earth, the green online and mobile community. links young people with the world’s top environmental experts to talk about headline-grabbing topics that they care about. The community was launched two years ago by IUCN and WWF, and is supported by Nokia.

The winner, Gustavo Nicolás Páez Salamanca, was distinguished by the quality and diversity of his contributions, as well as his high level of engagement in the community.

The winner is already in the Danish capital as part of his award and getting hands-on experience at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15). He is taking part in a variety of side events and sharing his experience with the connect2earth community through regular posts on the website.

"This is the first time I’ve witnessed such an important global event from up close, and it’s a truly amazing and moving experience,” says Gustavo Nicolas. “The energy and enthusiasm of all these people, especially on the NGO side, makes me believe that change is possible; we can solve the problem. I consider myself especially lucky to be here – and it’s all thanks to connect2earth."

Gustavo Nicolàs’s posts can be viewed at

The United Nations Climate Change Conference runs from 7 December until 18 December. It brings together leaders and negotiators from 192 countries to develop an agreement to address climate change. In addition, tens of thousands of activists, NGO representatives, media, and others are expected to attend the negotiations. For more information, visit  

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