16-year-old wins competition to depict the main environmental challenges facing Ibiza and propose solutions in a short video
Ibiza, 07-07-21 – From February to March, young people between the ages of 15 and 18 living in Ibiza or Formentera were invited to take part in a competition to produce a video of one minute or less, in which participants had to present an environmental problem that affects their island and propose an appropriate solution. This initiative, called One minute for your island, was launched in memory of the daughter of one of IbizaPreservation’s founders Ben Goldsmith, Iris Goldsmith, who died in a tragic accident in July 2019 on her family’s farm in England at the age of 15.
As Ben Goldsmith explained, “Iris had a deep connection to the natural world and understood well that finding harmony with nature is the ultimate purpose of humanity,” which is why he sought to empower “other young people who share the same passion Iris had for the environment.” For Goldsmith, the competition is a “wonderful and very fitting way to honour her memory.”
The winner of the first edition was 16-year-old Matías Pironti with this video, which exposes the threat Posidonia meadows face and calls for actions to take better care of them. His prize consists of a scholarship to attend Vellmarí Association’s week-long Formentera Dive Camp this summer, plus €250 for expenses.
As a special request from Morna International College, a separate category was organised as part of a school assignment for its younger pupils. The winners of this section were Jacopo and Tito from Year 7, who produced a rap song accompanied by images of the island of Ibiza. They won a snorkelling trip, also with Vellmarí.
One minute for your island is promoted by the The Conservation Collective, a network of 12 environmental foundations from around the world, of which Ben Goldsmith is the president. Several of these foundations participate in the initiative under the umbrella of The Iris Project.
Stand-out participants will have the opportunity to enter the Iris Prize, a global prize that will be launched later this year, with scholarships awarded to help bring the best ideas to fruition.
We are very grateful to Vellmarí Association for their collaboration in the competition, and would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate the winners and all the participants, who showed their love for the environment of Ibiza and Formentera.