UNEP WED Logo: Kerala Computer Instructor’s Design Comes Up Trumps

This June 5, when the world celebrates World Environment Day (WED), a young computer instructor from a remote corner of southern India will have all the reasons to feel on top of the world.

Koonam Kandiyil Shibin,the computer instructor at the Chirakkara Government Vocational Higher Secondary School in Thalassery, Kerala,  is now in the midst of applause for having designed the UNEP WED campaign’s official logo this year.

Shibin’s design  came up trumps after the World Environment Day  for the first time this year invited designers around the world to create the official logo for the campaign. In what has been described as an inspiring design by UNEP, Shibin’s work best expressed this year’s theme of  Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.

As many as  262 participants from over 70 countries worldwide submitted more than 300 designs that contributed to this year’s branding for WED. And among them, Shibin’s logo design concept stood out by  stressing the need for sustainable consumption within the planet’s regenerative capacity.

wed_logo_vertical_smTake a look at the logo and you would understand that it shows the planet with different resource elements classified in colours – water, soil, air, and flora and fauna. According to UNEP, the digit ‘7’ represents seven billion people.

The main idea is that because of the seven billion people, the earth is swallowing a part of itself like Pacman. It indicates that we have no other resources to take except what we already have, hence the need to consume with care, it said.

The win brings to Shibin a paid trip to visit the Expo Milano 2015, an universal exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31 2015.

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