Rafael Angelo , Brazil
Siemens employee Rafael founded the Sustainability Games to encourage young school children to understand the issues around clean energy, climate change, recycling and water scarcity. The Sustainability Games have reached 500 children so far across four schools located close to Siemens sites in São Paulo, Jundiaí and Manaus. Rafael wanted to engage 11-12 year olds in a way that they would find interesting and exciting so he devised several mini-competitions to increase awareness around sustainability. These include a cookery competition to make food from scraps, a recycling challenge to collect as many metal cans as possible and a fashion contest to repurpose used materials into clothing. The Sustainability Games initially started with a project reaching 60 children in one school, but after attending the One Young World 2016 Ottawa Summit, Rafael was inspired to expand his project to three additional schools close to two other Siemens sites. 25 volunteers from across Siemens have worked on the Sustainability Games. The Sustainability Games project has received support from Siemens’s Corporate Social Responsibility team in Brazil and Rafael is hopeful that in 2018 he will be able to extend its work to new schools close to other Siemens facilities.