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Call for participants: «Act now», Senegal

[Deadline to apply: Monday 4th July at midday]

Biodiversa is offering 2 places in a EU-funded youth exchange that will take place in Senegal, Africa, from 3rd to 17th September 2022. This is the first activity of many within the long-term project «Greening International Youth Work».

PROJECT DETAILS:

3rd and 17th are travel days. We will first spend a few days in Dakar, receiving information about the project and the reality in Senegal. We will then travel together to St.Louis, 280 km north of Dakar, where we will be conducting the mangrove regeneration project.

There will be 2 online meetings with the selected participants well prior departure, to clarify all the information regarding conditions at the destination, vaccinations needed, etc, and solve all possible doubts.

CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION:

You are:

  • Spanish resident or Spanish national;
  • Between 18 and 30 years of age at the time of travel (you can be 30, but not 31);
  • Have good command of either English or French language;
  • Motivated to spend 12 days in Senegal helping regenerate mangrove forests;
  • Physically fit to accomplish the project’s tasks (collect tree saplings, plant trees in muddy waters…).

Preference will be given to Biodiversa members and former course participants, as well as to those of you living in or close to Asturias.

COSTS:

You will be provided with basic but comfortable accommodation in Senegal during the project dates, as well as food and local transportation, at no cost for you. The local activities will also be organised at no cost for you.

Travel insurance will also be covered fully with the project grant, so at no cost for you.

In adition, 100% of your international travel costs will be refunded, up to 530 EUR. For this you will have to keep all your travel documents and boarding passes and send them to us after your return. For coherence with the project topic, only one return flight is allowed (there are direct flights from Madrid to Dakar).

The only cost for you will be a participation fee of between 50 and 120€, depending on what you can afford and what you consider that this experience is worth. We will use part of this fee to compensate your flight’s carbon emissions (1.154 kg CO2) through the Naturefriends Climate Fund, and the rest to contribute to the project administration costs. If this fee is an obstacle to your participation, please let us know.

HOW TO APPLY:

Write an email in English to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com explaining how you meet all the selection criteria and why you want to participate in this project. Please include your mobile phone number and prefered times/dates for us to contact you. We will be calling the pre-selected participants during the first week of July.

Deadline to apply: Monday 4th July at midday.

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My experience at the Youth Environmental Education Congress

By Carmelo Zamora.

«From the 13th to 17th March 2022 I was delighted and honoured to take part in the Youth Environmental Education Congress (YEEC) in Prague as a youth delegate from Spain.

YEEC is a side event from the World Environmental Education Congress (WEEC). Biodiversa supported us all the way and sent me and Nahia as Spanish participants at the congress. 

Carmelo and other participants in the congress during one of the outdoor activities.
Carmelo and other participants in the congress during one of the outdoor activities.

During the congress, we delivered a message on the role of Youth in environmental sustainability education. The message was presented in the WEEC in the form of speeches, theatre, recycled poems, visual arts, comics and open space.

«Leading world educators and key actors in environmental education heard our message and now we will work on how to integrate it into their work.»

We also had the pleasure to discuss our message face to face with members of the European Commission, UNEP and the Ministry of Education and the Environment of the Czech Republic.

Throughout the week, we could also attend different workshops and interesting activities. There was a wide range of options, but I went to an activity organised by Hnutí Brontosaurus where we hung about 10 birdhouses around a local park.

Carmelo places a birdhouse in a local park during one of the congress activities.
Carmelo places a birdhouse in a local park during one of the activities included in the congress.

Another workshop I enjoyed a lot was an excursion to the Montessori school Na Beránku, there, the different teachers of the school showed us what they are doing about environmental education.

Another of the activities we enjoyed was a fair in which different organisations, projects and educators shared their work. Personally, I was proud to be representing and sharing how the University where I study (Linköpings Universitet) contributes to the field with the master’s programme I’m currently enrolled in (master’s programme of Outdoor and Sustainability Education).»

[This event was co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union].

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CLIMATE2020 – a free, worldwide online climate conference

Article by Caroline Paul Kanjookaran, member of Biodiversa and former participant in our training course «Live Sustainably: how to live the present without compromising the future»
(Email: communications@dl4sd.org)

Hello everyone, my name is Caroline Paul Kanjookaran and I am currently working as the Communications Manager for CLIMATE2020, a worldwide online climate conference aimed at integrating mitigation and adaptation initiatives for a better management of climate change and its impacts. CLIMATE2020 is organized by the Research and Transfer Centre «Sustainability and Climate Change Management» of Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (https://www.haw-hamburg.de/en/ftz-nk/about-us.html). The event takes place from 23 – 30 March 2020 and participants can sign up for free here: www.dl4sd.org

As a journalist who is training to specialize in climate communications, I am very pleased to be able to handle the communications aspect of this conference, ranging from drafting press releases to identifying potential media opportunities to mentoring the first cohort of CLIMATE2020 Global Ambassadors, a group of volunteers who are working hard to combat climate change in their communities and who are helping us spread the word about this conference across the world.

I am particularly loving the free, open access format of this conference and also the fact that it is climate-neutral as all CO2 emissions will be offset! Not only does the CLIMATE2020 offer unrestricted, free access to high-quality scientific articles, climate projects and online courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the virtual event also offers a unique opportunity for worldwide dialogue and exchange of ideas with scientists, experts from politics, business, education and other spheres of the society! All this is just a mouse click away – participants can easily log in via the Internet, whether in the office, at school, at university, from home or on the move. One can register for free at https://dl4sd.org/ to access the conference platform, take a brief look inside and receive regular updates until the virtual doors of the conference finally open on 23 March 2020.

The national patronage of CLIMATE2020 is held by Dr Gerd Müller, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development and the local patronage of the online conference is held by Dr Peter Tschentscher, First Mayor of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg. As a run up to the CLIMATE2020 Conference, the Research and Transfer Centre «Sustainability and Climate Change Management» is launching a podcast series, where experts from different sectors will be featured. The podcast series can be accessed here: https://climatechats.podigee.io/archive

In particular, young scientists from all over the world are offered an opportunity to present their own research on a worldwide stage. The conference will also provide information on numerous concrete projects and initiatives that are currently being implemented, presenting good examples of global activities to protect the climate. A separate section informs the participants about funding and collaboration opportunities. Finally, a parallel program consisting of live webinars and the dedicated podcast series “Climate Chats” is also part of this unique virtual conference. By its comprehensive open access offer, this conference therefore contributes to closing the knowledge gap in the fields of climate protection (mitigation) and adaptation.

The CLIMATE2020 conference is supported by: European School of Sustainability Science and Research, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Sahel and Sahara Observatory (IOSS), KlimaInvest Green Concepts GmbH, Ecological Society for Eastern Africa (ESEA), Impact Human, Independent Evaluation Unit, Green Climate Fund, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre, the greenwerk and Climate Advisory Network.

// Contact CLIMATE2020 Organizers:

Franziska Wolf, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Research and Transfer Centre Sustainability and Climate Change Management, Ulmenliet 20, D-21033 Hamburg/Germany, www.haw-hamburg.de/ftz-nk.html, franziska.wolf(at)haw-hamburg.de

// Media inquiries:

Please contact the CLIMATE2020 Team via social media channels below or write an email to Caroline Paul Kanjookaran, Communications Manager – CLIMATE2020 at communications@dl4sd.org:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CLIMATE2020Conference

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLIMATE2020_FTZ

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13796753/

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Biodiversa en la feria de asociaciones

Biodiversa participó ayer en la feria de asociaciones organizada en Oviedo por la Asociación Youropía, dentro del marco de su proyecto «SEEDS».

Puesto de Biodiversa en la feria, atendido por Esther Vallado, Presidenta y Gestora de Proyectos Educativos de la asociación

Puesto de Biodiversa en la feria, atendido por Esther Vallado, Presidenta y Gestora de Proyectos Educativos de la asociación

«SEEDS» es un proyecto cofinanciado por el programa Erasmus + de la Comisión Europea, que reunió a 26 trabajadores juveniles de 16 organizaciones y 13 países. El proyecto creó un espacio para conectar organizaciones de diferentes áreas geográficas, para comprender sus realidades locales y el trabajo que llevan a cabo.

La feria de asociaciones tuvo lugar ayer Jueves 27 de Febrero de 2020 en el local vecinal «Los Ríos», en el barrio de Ventanielles, Oviedo. Durante la misma, Esther Vallado, Presidenta y Gestora de Proyectos Educativos de Biodiversa, presentó la propuesta de valor de la organización, consistente en su especialización en educación ambiental no formal (fuera de los currículos obligatorios, participativa, experiencial, voluntaria…) y en el uso de metodologías educativas basadas en la naturaleza, para jóvenes y adultos.

La directora de juventud nos da la bienvenida.

La directora de juventud nos da la bienvenida.

Algunos puestos de las organizaciones participantes

Algunos puestos de las organizaciones participantes

Otras organizaciones presentes en el encuentro fueron:
 Common Sense Youth Organisation, de Azerbaijan,
Ladies Innovative Atelier, de Bulgaria,
Proni Center for Youth Development, de Bosnia Herzegovina,
League of Youth Voluntary Service, de Bielorrusia,
Belarusian Youth Public Union «New Faces», de Bielorrusia,
Have a Dream, de Egipto,
Cabildo de Gran Canaria, España,
Cámara de Comercio e Industria Italiana para España, España,
United Societies of Balkans, de Grecia,
Arciragazzi Portici Utopia Attanasio, de Italia,
Azes Valboenses, de Portugal,
The Civic Resource Centre, de Rumanía,
Anlayis Icin Genclik Dernegi, Turquía,
Tunisian Scouts, Túnez,
Parcours le monde, France

… junto con otras de (o con sede en) Asturias, como:
Cáritas Diocesana – CEA
Asociación Retina Asturias
Asociación Hierbabuena
Colibris en Acción
Cruz Roja Juventud

Foto de grupo de los asistentes

Muchas gracias a Youropía por organizar encuentros tan interesantes como bien facilitados y estructurados.

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Live Sustainably TC – results and impact

Judging for the incredible number and quality of results and impact that our latest training course «Live Sustainably: How to live the present without compromising the future» had and is still having, I think we can safely say that it was our most sucessful training to date.

This was largely due to the work and commitment of us involved in the design and preparation of the experience, and in the skillfull conceptualisation and delivery of the educational programme, but also largely due to the fantastic participants that we had, which took the «Live Sustainably» experience to the next level, both professionally and personally.

Here’s a quick review of what happened after the training:

– Lovro, from Croatia, submitted his first Erasmus + project, which was approved in the 3rd round of this year: a youth exchange on plastic awareness for 36 young people, called «Say No to plastic». 3 of the partners on this project were also our partners in «Live Sustainably».

– Lilla, from Hungary organised and lead one educational hike per month since the end of the training (September, October, November). Where: in Budapest and surroundings. Target group: Erasmus students. During the walks they collected rubbish and Lilla conducted several activities that she learned during our training.

– Rocío, from Spain, made this cool video of the training: https://youtu.be/SbYnqZI1YoQ

– 4 participants published posts on their blogs with very positive reviews of the training: 

Filipa, from Portugal: https://www.vidaeconsciente.com/l/live-sustainably/

Lovro, from Croatia: https://bit.ly/2PyAPWt

Yolanta, from Poland/Spain: http://europaaqui.org/una-semana-para-empezar-a-cambiar-el-mundo/

Holly, from the UK: https://bit.ly/2tkgj2X

– We created the Youthworkers for Sustainability Network and, within it, to keep learning from each other, a series of webinars that everyone is contributing to and Filipa is managing:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tVHE_dSR7AIzsZ_JMXS0Cs2nQS2SNjzgNYro6RcKgCo/edit?usp=sharing

– Filipa, from Portugal, became a Circular Economy Club Organiser and, in this framework, organised 1 workshop and 3 lectures on sustainability: https://www.circulareconomyclub.com/members/filipa_gouveia/events/?ayi_paged=1

She also organised and run the project «Eco School». It happened on 20th November in a school in the city of Peso da régua, Portugal, for students from 14 to 16 years old. It comprised several activities: a bulk store owner shared an «eco talk» debate with the students. They discussed some documentaries (Earth, Baraka, Roten, Cowspiracy, Minimalism, The true cost) and then they (Filipa and the store owner) gave a workshop, to teach students and teachers to make their own natural cleaning products. Some teacher also run some activities.

Filipa running the workshop

Public attending the workshop

 

And on 2nd December she organised an “eco-talk” with Esther Vallado, the educational programme designer and lead trainer of «Live Sustainably»: https://youtu.be/jILSfcPj_dY, where they re-visit one of the most valued inputs during the training: the systems thinking iceberg.

– Jolanta, from Poland/Spain organised a weekend training for environmental mediators, from 30th November till 1st December, for participants between 16 and 24 years old.

 

– Estelle, from France, proposed to the cultural centre of the town where she lives the screening of one of the documentaries that we watched during the training.

– And the portuguese team is organising the 1st Gathering for Sustainability (1º Encontro pela Sustentabilidade). It will be an open space technology event (methodology that they learnt during the training) with the main objective of creating a Portuguese network of people and groups linked to sustainability through sharing and debate, creating collective intelligence, which will also include cleaning a forest plot and planting trees in an area devastated by Hurricane Leslie. The project has received the support of the city council of the city where Bruno, one of the participants, lives.

Very proud of our participants and of the success of this course!!

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de | 17 de diciembre de 2019 · 17:19

Live Sustainably in 3 words

Participants in our latest training course «Live Sustainably» were asked to describe the training in 3 words. This is the result:

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Live Sustainably: how to live the present without compromising the future

Group picture

Participants in Live Sustainably

Dear readers,

The residential part of «Live Sustainably» is over. From now, we go on with the «Youthworkers for Sustainability Network». (We will publish more information about that in the near future.)

It’s been intense and demanding, as well as extremely satisfactory and rewarding. There are many things we could say about the experience, but some of the participants have already summarised it quite well. We leave you with the links to their reviews, in Portuguese/English and Spanish:

https://www.vidaeconsciente.com/l/live-sustainably/

http://europaaqui.org/una-semana-para-empezar-a-cambiar-el-mundo/

Many thanks to the authors Filipa Gouveia and Jolanta Pieniak.

Enjoy!

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Do you believe in your dreams?

Do you want to know the secrets behind successful and sustainable projects?

Biodiversa will be sending 3 lucky participants to Slovakia to take part in this life-changing experience with John Croft himself, the founder of the Dragon Dreaming project management methodology.

This methodology comes from the aboriginals in Australia and is currently used by Airbus and other leading international companies as the most effective project management methodology known to date.

 

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Experiencia: nuestra participación en «UpCyclArt»

Llaneza Arias y Natalia Bermúdez, participantes de Biodiversa en el curso de formación «UpCyclArt»,  que tuvo lugar el pasado mes de Agosto en la campiña francesa, nos relatan su experiencia:

«El curso de Up-Cycling con Solafrika en la campiña Francesa ha sido una experiencia demasiado hermosa. Estuvimos diez días en Bedeille, un pueblecito cerca de la ciudad de Toulousse pero más cerca de las montañas y la naturaleza.

Nuestro alojamiento

Gracias a la entrega y energía de las chicas de Solafrika, el curso ha dejado en nosotras un enorme impacto. Fue algo muy bien organizado y lleno de muchas enseñanzas básicas de vida que se nos olvidan al estar dentro de un ritmo de vida que nos aleja de las cosas básicas y hermosas que nos hacen felices. Cada día había una actividad interesante en la que venían personas a compartir con nosotros su experiencia de vida en el ámbito del consumo responsable y al mismo tiempo nosotros pudimos también compartir con nuestros compañeros cosas que les fueron de utilidad.

Aprendiendo a construir un horno solar

La diversidad cultural en el grupo fue muy importante ya que aprendimos a trabajar en equipo, a aprender de las diferencias culturales y a lograr una sinergia maravillosa entre gente que tiene la misma preocupación: ayudar a la conservación de nuestro planeta.

Actividades en grupos interculturales

Tuvimos pláticas sobre reducción de desechos, talleres de reutilización de materiales para generar objetos útiles, construimos jardineras, aprendimos a hacer pasta de dientes y desodorante caseros, construimos una composta, aprendimos a limpiar baños secos, fuimos a mercados locales, una granja ecológica y fuimos a una tienda de segunda mano para aprender su funcionamiento, ayudando a levantar una sección que necesitaban para su mercancía.

Aprendiendo a hacer desodorante

También nos organizaron en grupos, los cuales tenían ciertas tareas a realizar cada día: grupo de limpieza general, grupo de trastos, guardianes del tiempo y guardianes de las emociones. Esta organización nos ayudaba a vivir en comunidad y a ayudar a que el lugar estuviese limpio y en orden, lo que nos pareció muy bueno como parte de nuestra convivencia. Cada noche, un grupo de cada país preparaba una comida típica de su región y eso nos enriqueció mucho, conocer y apreciar el esfuerzo de cada grupo por compartir con nosotros su cultura. El grupo español preparó mucha comida y les encantó a la gente. Por cierto, la comida que consumíamos era de origen local, hecho por gente de los alrededores y fue algo muy hermoso el poder hacerlo y muy motivador ya que deseamos hacer lo mismo en donde vivimos.

Aprendiendo a hacer jardines verticales con palets

Cada día empezábamos el día con un juego para despertar las energías. Y casi cada día había una revisión en grupo sobre las actividades en donde cada quién podía hablar sobre lo que le gustó y no le gustó del día, lo cual me parecía muy sano y bueno poder hablar de ello. Uno de esos días, nos llevaron a un mirador donde pudimos ver los pirineos y hablar sobre nuestra experiencia en el curso.

Disfrutando del mirador de Los Pirineos

Cada día que pasaba era verdaderamente un placer porque fue aprender mucho de cada uno de nosotros y sobre todo encontrar que existe más gente con la convicción de ser agente de cambio, lo que brinda mucha esperanza a cada acción que hacemos, ya que habrá más personas que también desde su trinchera, estarán luchando por ser consumidores más conscientes.

Mercadillo

Agradecemos mucho a Biodiversa y a Solafrika por esta oportunidad y esperamos poder repetirla y seguir alimentando este espíritu de cambio que nuestro mundo necesita. Nos llevamos la tarea de seguir con el cambio e inspirar a otros para lograrlo.»

Sombreros creados con material recuperado de la basura

Sombreros creados con material recuperado de la basura

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de | 5 de octubre de 2018 · 17:51

Call for participants for Up’Cycl’Art training course in France

UPDATE: COURSE COMPLETE!! 

Biodiversa is offering 2 places for Spanish residents to participate in the fully funded Training Course Up’Cycl’Art, organised by our partners Solafrika. The training is taking place from 20th to 31st of August in the French Pyrenees. It is a training for youth workers or youth leaders, or for young people willing to learn about the topic.

Aim: Solafrika created this training course because they observed that most people are far away from nature and have lost the basic connection with it. They also observed that on our planet there is more and more rubbish thrown in nature and polluting our environment. Most of the participants they are hosting on their projects are from big cities and therefore can’t apply the learnings from Solafrika’s countryside ecology (which is what their previous training courses were about). That’s why their latest training is about recycling and practical ecology applied to the city.

Methods: Participatory methods. Participants will be active and engaged in all daily life chores. Non-formal education tools will be used during the workshops. All participants should be ready to develop a critical mind, their analytical sense and to share their opinions with the others.

Venue: The training will take place in a rustic old farm belonging to our partner organisation SOLAFRIKA in the countryside, in a village called Bédeille (Ariège, France). The place is comfortable enough for everyone, but don’t expect a 5 stars hotel!

Programme:

The main activities will be:

  • Raising awareness about our consumption habits and the recycling process through non-formal learning;
  • Introduction to Up-cycling, with workshops;
  • Meeting some actors from the cities ecological movement in Toulouse (Zero waste, incredible edible, shared garden, etc… )
  • Workshops about small eco-building (outdoor living room with tyres, pallets, etc…)
  • A workshop with local children where the youth leader will lead the workshops.

Participants requirements:

  • Spanish resident;

  • Over 18 years of age by 20th August 2018;

  • Able to communicate fluently in English language (the whole course will be in English);

  • Available to participate in the whole duration of the training course.

There will be 2 Spanish participants, and a total of 26 participants coming from Spain, Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Estonia, Slovenia and France.

Financial conditions and travel costs:

The training course will be implemented in the frame of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. The accommodation, food, tuition and materials will be covered fully by the grant, so they will be free for you. Insurance is obligatory and should be arranged and covered by each participant (just make sure you have a valid European Health Insurance card: Tarjeta Sanitaria Europea).

Your travel expenses will be covered up to 275 EUR. Travel costs will be reimbursed to all participants after submitting necessary travel documents (original tickets/invoices + boarding passes) and after filling in the form in the Mobility tool (you will receive precise instructions about this after your return).

If you are selected, you will be required to contribute to Biodiversa with 20 EUR towards the management costs of your participation. This will be your only real cost.

How to apply: Send a short (no more than 300 words) motivation email to asociacionbiodiversa@gmail.com with the subject line “NAME SURNAME Application to UpCyclArt”, introducing yourself (who you are, what you do…), explaining why you are interested in participating in this training course, what you expect to gain from taking part in it and why you should be selected. Include also your personal data: name, age, city or village of residence and contact telephone number.

Deadline to apply: Open until completion of the selection process.

Some more info: This project is organised by the French non-profit organisation SOLAFRIKA, in partnership with Biodiversa, Equipo Madragora (Spain), Metta (Slovenia), IBG (Germany), Alter Ego (Greece), Continuous Action (Estonia), thanks to the support of the European “Erasmus +: Youth” programme.

We look forward to receiving your expressions of interest!

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