A UNICEF partner since 2021
Formula E and UNICEF partner to support UNICEF’s climate programmes
Children and young people are the worst affected but least responsible for climate change.
In 2021, Formula E became UNICEF’s first global sports partner supporting the Safe and Healthy Environment Fund. Over a three-year partnership, the aim is to positively impact the well-being of 3 million children worldwide.
UNICEF’s Safe and Healthy Environment Fund
Through the Safe and Healthy Environment Fund, Formula E is supporting UNICEF’s climate programmes to ensure the global community of youth grows up on a cleaner, safer planet. To achieve this target, programmes focus on four priority areas:
- Make children a focus of environmental strategies
- Empower children as agents of change
- Protect children from impacts of climate change
- Reduce emissions and pollution
Formula E’s funding contributes to a wide range of programmes, such as those that turn plastic waste into school buildings, install solar panels at places such as schools, and train local manufacturers to make eco-cooking stoves.
“We are delighted to initiate a long-term partnership with UNICEF’s Safe and Healthy Environment Fund. This collaboration is true to our founding promise to use our sport to counteract climate change,” said Jamie Reigle, Chief Executive Officer of Formula E. “Together, we aim to improve the lives of millions of children and young people worldwide by offering new educational opportunities and reducing their exposure to air pollution. We are committed to tackling the effects of climate change and enable better futures for generations to come and are proud to partner with UNICEF on this journey.”
A global generation of children will grow up in a world made dangerous and uncertain because of our changing climate. Currently, 2 billion children worldwide live in areas where air pollution levels exceed standards set by the World Health Organization.
A new climate initiative in Mexico: Casita de Agua y Energía
Children and young people play a key role in addressing climate-related risks by promoting environmentally sustainable lifestyles and setting an example for their communities.
Formula E contributes to the Safe and Healthy Environment Fund both at a global level and to Mexico directly. In Mexico, funds from Formula E support an innovative new climate initiative called Casita de Agua y Energía.
As part of this initiative, UNICEF and partners develop rainwater harvesting systems in schools across Mexico that are powered by renewable energy. By collecting and purifying rainwater, these systems provide a reliable and resilient source of fresh, clean water in schools for teachers and pupils, meeting the need for quality WASH infrastructure in some rural schools across Mexico.
As well as providing water for drinking and sanitation, these systems are used as educational tools for children of all ages by demonstrating in practice how solar, kinetic and mechanical energy can be used. The structures, through the solar panels attached to them, use solar energy to purify harvested rainwater, while a bicycle attached to the structure provides the opportunity to see the use of kinetic and mechanical energy in action in a fun and engaging way.
Last updated 30 November 2022