At SiFF 2019 we are celebrating small islands and sustainability wwith emphasis on the Blue & Green Economies. But what are they and which one is more important? We are inviting secondary school pupils to participate in our debate on the Blue & Green economies.

A prize, to be announced, will be presented to the winning team at SiFF on June 29th..


  1. Preliminary round:  “The Blue Economy is just an Extension of the Green Economy and Does Not Deserve Significant Attention” 
  2. Final round: TBC

The overall theme of the debate is “Blue & Green Economies for a Sustainable Future”.

UN Environment has developed a working definition of a green economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon, resource efficient and socially inclusive.

Structure and dates

  1. Teams will consist of 3 students (a leader, a seconder and a cross examiner) with up to 3 substitutes.
  2. Opposing teams will be randomly selected at the drawing of positions meeting on June 22nd, which the debate teachers will attend.
  3. Preliminary rounds will be held: June 24 – 27, 2019 from 10am to 3pm (venue TBC)
  4. The 2 top-scoring teams from the preliminary rounds will advance to the final rounds.
  5. The final will be held as a live debate at the Small Islands Future Fest on June 28th 2019. Members of the public will be encouraged to attend.
  6. Positions for the final round will be drawn at the final positions meeting on October 20th, which the debate teachers will attend.

Speaking order

  1. First speaker 7 minutes
  2. Second speaker 5 minutes
  3. Cross examiner 3 minutes or 5 questions
  4. Leader/summariser 2-3 minutes


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