Formula E not only focuses its efforts on putting on a show around sport, but the message of sustainability and protection of the environment is a fundamental value.
In this sense, the electric car category signed an alliance with the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), with the aim of protecting and helping children in the face of the climate crisis that affects the planet.
According to data published on the website of the United Nations deputy body, worldwide, 160 million girls and boys under the age of five live in areas with high levels of drought and around 500 million in areas with a high probability of flooding.
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These problems have sparked the interest and awareness of the Formula E organizers to support UNICEF, in the search for a healthy environment that benefits approximately three million infants around the globe.
The alliance between Formula E and Unicef has an initial term of three years, in which projects and initiatives that empower the most vulnerable young people are planned.
Specifically in Mexico, the country where the most recent race in the category took place, they will work as a team with government education and civil protection authorities to install infrastructure powered by solar energy that will capture rain and purify water for human consumption.
Likewise, the joint work between both organizations will launch educational projects in environmental matters, adaptation to the harsh conditions of climate change and training to know how to face emergencies and natural disasters.
“Today we are taking immediate steps to protect future generations from a global health emergency. Our partnership and initial donation to UNICEF are the beginning of a long-term journey together to protect the health, safety and education of vulnerable children around the world,” said Jamie Reigle, CEO of Formula E.
“Formula E was founded with the purpose of reducing global climate change by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; a mission that aims to provide a safer and cleaner life,” he added.
Pressia Arifin-Cabo, UNICEF Deputy Representative in Mexico, stated: “At UNICEF we work to guarantee the fulfillment of the rights of all children and adolescents, and climate change is putting their health and well-being at risk.”
“We must act as soon as possible to create conditions that allow them to develop their full potential. Formula E now joins our efforts and together we will work to create a safer world for children and adolescents in the face of current climate challenges,” said.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis represent great difficulties for Unicef’s work in Mexican territory. The authorities of the agency in the country assure that they are at a “key moment to reimagine the future of childhood, rethink solutions in an innovative way to ensure full access to their rights for each girl, boy and adolescent.”
They emphasize that despite adversities, their team has the necessary experience to face them and coordinate efforts with each of their allies, whether in the public or private sector, to achieve this.
Written by I Jhonattan González