Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Climate Change Train, a Challenge Europe initiative (2009-2010)

British Council announced last June that 15 young Greeks are invited to become ‘Climate Advocates’ and join the Challenge Europe project. Challenge Europe is a British Council project that brings together ambitious young people who want to make a lasting impact on climate change. It provides a platform to develop innovative and practical solutions to reduce carbon use.

Eleni & Dimitris from Kerkyra, Katerina from Athens and Antigone&me from Thessaloniki started last October to organise the Climate Change Train. Since there is a train connection between Thessaloniki and Istanbul daily with the train (Friendship/Filia/Dostluk Express) we invited the Turkish Climate Advocates for a awareness campaign on climate change with the use of friendly means, trains.

During the year a lot happened, good & bad, and Litsa & Giorgos joined the team. At the 17th of September a reality check on what we know about climate change was held in the Central Station of Thessaloniki. There were also a board and cards for those who wished to leave a message on climate change. Jumping in the train, we arrived in Istanbul on Saturday 18th to unite with our Turkish colleagues on Sircesi Train Station. Next stop, Sunday 19th Haydarpasa Train Station on the Asian part of Istanbul and Monday the 20th we arrived back to Greece to Alexandroupoli. Nearly 100 children (82 from primary education & 28 from secondary education) arrived at the morning at the Train Station of Alexandroupoli to learn and watch videos on climate change and play a game on ozone. In the afternoon a local radio station honored our initiative coming to the station to make a live broadcasting! On Wednesday, 22nd, No Car Day the initiative ended with a Green Talks in Olympion theatre of Thessaloniki with invited guests Mr Pyrgidis, professor on transportation at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Mr Zerefos, president of the International Ozone Commission.

An awesome experience! Thank you all!!!

More info @

CNN TURK – 18/09/2010 http://video.cnnturk.com/2010/haber/9/18/iklim-savunuculari-istanbulda

Turisminesi – 18/09/2010 http://www.turizminsesi.com/haber/iklim-treni-istanbula-geldi-8079.htm

Ppt pres.– 22/09/2010 http://www.scribd.com/doc/38403048/To-Treno-Tis-Klimatikis-Allagis-2009-2010

Pictures – 22/09/2010 http://picasaweb.google.com/christinakontaxi/GreenTalks#

ClimateChangeTrain@et3nationalTV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-0Wes-uMO0

Sunday, 7 March 2010

Sunday, 21st to Friday, 26th February 2010: Hostetin & Brno – Czech Republic

Theme Based Event: Mind your future, mind the climate!

Mind your future; mind the climate brought together Climate Advocates from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Finland, Slovenia, Turkey and Greece for one “climate week”. The programme was based on non-formal education methods and included excursion in Hostetin, British parliamentary debate, communication skills, round tables public event and a media workshop.

In Hostetin we were accommodated in the educational centre - centre Veronica in Hostetin run by the Ecological Institute Veronica. Centre Veronica Hostětín is the first public building in the Czech Republic constructed in a passive standard, i.e. with minimum consumption of energy. In cooperation with the municipality, regional and other partners they have implemented several projects such as the Passive house, Biomass Heating, Solar collectors, Apple Juice Plant, Fruit Drying Kiln, Reed-Bed Sewage, Rural Landscape, and Saving Public Lighting. The Hostetin projects verify ecological technologies in practice and have result in saving more than 1,600 tons of emissions of carbon dioxide yearly.

It certainly worth visiting: http://hostetin.veronica.cz/

Next stop at Brno, Czech’s second largest city. The public round table was the event we were preparing from the start! Climate advocates discussed on communicating climate change to youth, to the public, to the community, to the media, to politicians.

The project was financed by the Youth in Action programme and the British Council.

Special thanks to Alena, Daniela, Bea and Jiri for organizing and implementing a fruitful week on climate change!

More info on our site: http://challengeeurope.britishcouncil.org/