South African teen creates captivating design

Press release - March 15, 2013
In a contest that inspired youth from around the world to create a flag that would symbolise peace, hope and global community, Greenpeace Africa supporter Margot Maritz was one of the top five entries; her design (below) was described as colorful and creative.

Her entry is proof that the creativity of young people is one of the most powerful tools we have to build a better world.

Her design is one of 18 lucky finalists that have been selected to be taken to the North Pole on a very special string of bunting. Along with almost three million people from around the world the flags affirm Greenpeace’s commitment to as a statement of to protect the Arctic from oil drilling and overfishing.

The Arctic is one of the last pristine places on earth, home to more than four million people as well as unique animals found nowhere else on the planet.

Greenpeace is working with youth organizations like the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to ensure that this precious region is protected for generations to come.


For more information including photo/video, please contact:

Jessica Wilson, Greenpeace International Arctic communications, +44 7896 893118

Greenpeace International Media Hotline, +31 20718 2470

Ruth Mhlanga Greenpeace Africa Youth and Solutions Campaigner +27725608699

Notes to editors:

[1] For more information about the judges on the panel, please visit

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGS) is a worldwide movement providing non-formal education where girls and young women develop leadership and life skills through self‑development, challenge and adventure. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts learn by doing. The association brings together Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting associations from 145 countries, reaching 10 million members around the globe.