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Beluga goes to Poland
Project coordinator Gabriela Lipska at the meeting
With the exception of two Norwegians from environmental engineering firm Ramboll, Belugaĺs Lowana Veal was the only non-Polish speaker at a conference organised by youth organisation CEO just outside Warsaw in early October. Luckily for her, the simultaneous interpreters were very good.
Beluga and Ramboll are CEOĺs partners in their ĹActive by Nature - Young Ambassadors of Environmental Treasures of Local Communitiesĺ programme. Both parties were invited to speak and participate in the conference, which focused on the youth environment programme. Lowana spoke about the main environmental issues in Iceland, the bodies involved and ongoing educational projects. A separate workshop on Belugaĺs environmental certification system was, however, cancelled at the last minute by the organisers.
Most of the participants view Iceland as a model as far as environmental issues are concerned, and found it hard to believe when Lowana began her speech by saying that Iceland is generally considered 10 years behind other countries when it comes to awareness of environmental issues.
The majority of the participants were teachers or people from local authorities, so most of the talks and workshops were aimed at them. Workshops included Eco-Clubes, ecological footprints, building sustainable cities, education on sustainable development, fair trade, renewable energy sources, eco-paths, waste recycling, environment-friendly transport, eco-development and climate protection, the ethical office and a few others.
Active by Nature is a project funded by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area, the Norwegian Financial Mechanism and the Polish Non-Governmental Organizations Fund.