Global Enviornmental Youth Convention Year 2000
The “Global Enviornmental Youth Convention Year 2000” was a worldwide environmental project run by the International Institute for Industrial Enviornmental Economics at Lund University, located in southern Sweden, together with Caretakers of the Environment International. H.M King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden was the project’s patron.
This type of project was unique. Four hundred young adults and 100 teachers were part of the project. There were on average five participants from each country. The participants were trained through distance learning in preventive enviornemtnal strategies and then tooe part in a five-day convention in Lund in June 2000. A two member delegation consisting of Mr. Rakesh Gaur, President, Udisha and Ms. Omita Paul attended the Convention.
The overriding aim of the GEYC project was to create a worldwide network of young people. Through this they were be able to share and spread their knowledge of preventive environmental strategies both locally and globally. They did this up to the time of the convention. But after the five days in Lund, the network really began to expand.
After the distance learning and convention, the real work began. The paricipants shared their knowledge and experience in their home countries. The idea was that the Young Masters took material and ideas home with them that can, for example, be submitted to their country’s government or parliament. The vision is that the participants, supported by their teachers and mentors, will give lectures in schools and influence local politicians so that they adopt the right attitude towards preventive environmental strategies.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL YOUTH CONVENTION 2000 PROGRAM
CONVENTION PROGRAM JUNE 15th -19th
June15th to 16th – Sharing our Future The first two days of the convention in Sweden were arranged under the theme of Sharing Our Future. The aim is to 1) create a platform for dialogues between students, business-representatives, politicians and experts 2) as well as through different activities (the workshops) give the students a sense of empowerment and the tools, self-confidence ,and motivation needed to interact with the government, industry and other organizations in their home countries.
These days offered two different kinds of activities for the delegates, the compulsory presentation of their project work and the voluntary workshops. So when the delegates were not attending their project work rapport, they were engaged in a workshop.
The Opening Ceremony The Swedish King was present to launch the ceremony, “Our Uniting Water Ceremony”. The ceremony was a unique opportunity for the students to unite their concern for the world’s water. Since first initiated by the Globetree Association in 1992, Our Uniting Water Ceremony has become an appreciated event on major global meetings all over the world.
June 17th – Wildlife Day The third day of the convention was “Wildlife Day” some 40 km north of Lund in the municipality of Höör. The aim of the day was to give the delegates an experience of the Swedish natural landscape and at the same time allowed them to aquire information about the Swedish fauna, forestry, conservation program, environmental work and wildlife.
June 18th Water, Waste and Vikings This day was spent in the municipality of Vellinge, situated approximately 30 km south of Lund. Some of the most beautiful beaches are found within this municipality, in an area called Skanör-Falsterbo. This particular part of southern Sweden is not only beautiful, but also interesting from a cultural, historical and environmental perspective.
June 19th Eco-Efficiency On the last day of the convention we were in the municipality of Malmö. Here the main activity was to involve the students in a ceremony at an “Eco-Efficiency” conference, attended by politicians and representatives from industry.
June 19th The Young Masters graduation ceremony The final activity of the convention was the graduation ceremony with the pomp and circumstance worthy a grand finale. On this occasion the students were handed over their diplomas, the official document that dub them as environmental ambassadors