On 12th of June YEE took part in Sustainability Day. It was a sustainable lifestyle festival. This event was organized by Greenglasses, a platform about environmentally-friendly living in Prague, and Nové trhy, an association which organises markets in the Czech Republic. It took place in the cultural centre Radlicka.
Several events were happening during the day: a market, discussions, live music, movies...
So it goes. My year as an EVS volunteer at YEE has begun. New country, new culture(s), new people, same passion - the environment. And it seems that all ingredients for a fruitful year are there.
Before I continue with my impressions and expectations, let me just quickly tell you some things about myself. I'm Aljaž and I come from Kranjska Gora, Slovenia. I studied agronomy and I'm a big fan of the outdoors. In the past few years I've become very interested in how environmental organisations work and what the role of volunteers is in them. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to join this YEE project, which combines both of my current interests.
Today is World Oceans Day. This is a good opportunity to speak a bit more about oceans. They cover 71% of the Earth surface and contain 98% of our planet water. They are also the home of aquatic life, which is 94% of life on Earth. However, we know very little about the oceans. We know only a small amount of the species that are living in the deep oceans. We have studied the moon before the sea floor and the rumour is circulating that we explored less than 5% of the oceans.
The 5th of June is World Environmental Day. It is the United Nations' most important day for encouraging international awareness and action in environmental protection. It is hosted every year in a new country, this year it is in Angola. This day will also focus on highlighing the environmental challenges that Angola is facing. The main challenge for this country is to restore its elephant herds. The UN also encourages countries and people to register activities they organised for this day. You can find them on this page: http://www.wed2016.com/wed-event-list .
This week is the European Week for Sustainable Development. It was created last year and it takes place every year between the 30th of May and the 5th of June. This event was created this week to put together the initiatives from all around Europe concerning sustainable development. This event is also promoting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN for the period 2015-2030. You can find them here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdgs