April 30, 2010

Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia and YUNA Zambia

Join me in celebrating the actions of the youth in Zambia during the Earth Day 2010 celebrations. Read their full report below.

Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia and YUNA Zambia
40th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration Report
Green Technology Conference and Exhibition held at Mulungushi Conference Centre
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010________________________________________

Introduction:
The American Embassy in partnership with Environmental Council of Zambia, Lusaka City Council and the Scouts Association of Zambia organized a week of Environmental activities to commemorate the Earth Day for 2010.
Amongst the activities organized where as follows:
- Day of Volunteering:
This event gave the volunteers an opportunity to participate in a series of activities designed to Clean up one of Lusaka’s local community Bauleni compound and support local, sustainable development through conservation.
- Earth Day Film Festival:
This film festival run for three days and featured Earth Day-themed films with one showing per film per day. Following each film, a panel was on hand to discuss the film and answered attendees questions about Earth Day and related topics.
Key films where, An Inconvenient Truth, Human Footprint, and Disney’s “Earth”.
- Green Technology Conference and Exhibition:
This was a one Day Conference and Exhibition which explored how embracing behavioural change and new “Green” technologies can help improve environmental conditions and curb the impact we have on the environment. It also showcased some new technologies that can slow the pace and mitigate the effects of climate change.

YEN-Zambia and YUNA Participation
Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia and the United Nations Youth Association (YUNA) partnered in participating in this year’s Earth Day Event. Specifically our organizations worked together in setting up an information stand during the Green Technology conference and Exhibition at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.
During the exhibitions we looked at a number of green issues that can help in mitigating the effects of climate change. We also provided practical information to a number of people from all walks of life who visited our information stand on the importance of four R’s (Reduce, ReUse, Recycle, and Rot) in cutting on waste and other economical benefits that people can get from the simple concept of 4R’s.
Simple demonstrations were also conducted on how to wrap a plastic bag properly for it to be reused over and over. The key message on the demonstrations of plastic bags was to help people on how they can say no to new plastic bags whenever they go for shopping and help on critical behavioural change issues when it comes to conservational matters.
Both YEN-Zambia and YUNA had an opportunity to raise awareness on some of the environmental activities they have been undertaken in Zambia and also encouraged people to join the organizations and make a difference towards the protection of our Planet Earth from environmental degradation.
Among other things, we had an opportunity also to get an interview from our National TV Station, Zambia National Broadcasting Cooperation (ZNBC) and the Yatsani Radio who took some time to visit our stand.
During the short interviews we talked about YEN- Zambia’s response on climate change and the meeting of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) number 7 and other related MDG’s. Other issues we raised during the interview was a call to the citizens of our country and the world the need for accountability and fondness towards the protection of our Planet Earth from all forms of destructions and make it suitable for both present and future Generations.


Compiled by:
Billy M. Lombe
Youth Environment Network (YEN) Zambia
yenzambia@yahoo.com
Cell: +260- 977 607 960
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