Monday, August 5, 2019

Schools : Aquastory, animated film SDGs in Action ! UN winner 2019

SDGs in Action Film Festival 2019/ UN

The SDGs in Action Film Festival, coordinated by the UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a competition seeking short films that highlight how people and organizations around the world are taking action for the 17 global goals. 

The Festival was launched in 2018 in connection with the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that takes place each July at UN Headquarters in New York. 

The competition offers amateur and professional filmmakers around the globe the chance to submit animated or live-action films up to 20 minutes long that showcase a person or project working on tangible solutions to the world’s biggest threats and making the SDGs our reality.

short animated by Marina Lobo

The winner? The animated short film Aquametragem, by the Portuguese Marina Lobo, was the winner of the category Protecting our Planet at the film festival in action, organized by the United Nations (UN). 

Winner Protect Our Planet Award
United Nations, 2019

Entries were accepted in the following categories for 2019:
  • Protecting our planet
  • Reducing inequalities
  • Building peace
  • Ensuring quality education and jobs
  • Young Filmmaker (24 years old or younger)
  • SDGs in Virtual Reality/360 degrees

This is the biggest competition of film works dedicated to sustainable development goals (Sdgs).


Hidro was hit by luck. Water is all around him and seems to have no end. But his joy is interrupted by warning signs. After all, water is limited and scarce. Is it too late? Will the H2O family be able to change their behaviors and manage this resource efficiently by applying the 5 R's of water (Reduce water Consumption, Reduce Wastage, Reuse Water, Recycle Water, and Resort to Alternative Sources)

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN
Award winner of the ODS in Action 2019 competition, the United Nations Film Festival about Sustainable Development Goals, under the category Protect Planet.

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN

So happy! Congratulations to the creativity by Marina Lobo. And all the partners and promotor.


Here I am talking again about Environmental education. Environment education in school is a cross-curricular subject. 
Schools have an important role promoting environmental education as a Civics value across all school curricula.

image: Elyx Yak/ Virtual Ambassador UN

SDGs are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. 
They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

All teachers must be "green" in school and help the new generations to involve in those important goals such as water reduce. They can invite students to develop educational projects, national or international about Environment.

I have already published a good number of posts on my blog about Environment education in school, along the years. You can read them by searching.

In 2012, I suggested the app Zoe Makes a Splash on the same theme: water reduce.

short animated winner Protect Our Planet, 2019/ UN


Children and teens will learn to reduce water and its importance in our planet, how to use it in moderation, the impact of polluted water on wildlife and habitats and the benefits we get from clean water.

Target: 4-11/12 years old.

Devices: Smartphones; tablets; Online.


Available in English, Portuguese.

Note: You can download fofree here (English) and here (Portuguese).

Curriculum: Cross-curricular;

Schools & Parents:

This short animated film can be used in the classroom or at home.

image: Elyx Yak/ Virtual Ambassador UN

For years, I shared my green thoughts and values with my students in Languages and IT curriculum. 

I hope this short animated Aquastory
 give teachers a good inspiration to include into school curriculum, and developing interesting activities and projects about water reduce and food waste.

Young students will love Aquametragem learning how to reduce water and good waste with Hidro and its family. It's so important for the our future.

"The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction."

Rachel Carson

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