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Green Youth Camp 2011Belarus Youth Camp and Festival
August 7-14, 2011
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International Summer Green Youth Camp and Festival
Theme: Sustainable Energy
Date: August 7-11 and 12-14, 2011
Place: near Minsk, Belarus.

Download: Program (word doc)





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Youth Camp: 7-11 August, 2011
The “Sustainable Energy – Green Youth Camp” was for young activists (18-30 years of age) working on or interested in sustainable energy and environmental issues. Participants of Summer Camp were young people from Belarus and from Baltic and Nordic countries.

The program included:
- Discussions and seminars with experts in the field of ecology and sustainable energy from Belarus, Baltic and Nordic countries as well as from other European countries;
- Presentations and discussion on sustainable energy issues and 100% renewable energy scenarios by 2030 /2040 /2050.
- Experiences with practical use of renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions including exhibition materials.
- Popular Environmental Films (Climate film: "Age of Stupid", "4th Revolution - Energy Autonomy", and others)
- Environmental games: role-playing, system-thinking game about management of natural resources "Fish Bank" developed by Dennis Meadows, the author of “Limits to Growth” and Climate Negotiation Game.
- Practical Demonstration and use of renewable and energy efficiency, to showcase sustainable energy and to reduce CO2 emissions

Languages: English and Belarus/Russian.
Number of participants: 30 people (Participants were from Belarus, Latvia, Estonia, Moldova and Denmark)

Festival: Weekend 12-14 August, 2011
The "1st International - Sustainable Energy – Green Youth Festival" combined green and sustainable energy ideas with many expressions of arts including music.

The main goal was to show how we can have fun and take care of the environment at the same time. Climate change, unsustainable resource consumption, and environmental pollution are actual problems that are also reflected by arts. The participants were able not only to try for themselves different kinds of arts including music, but also to see the environmental side of it.

The Festival’s program:
- workshops (contact improvisation, fire show, bicycle competitions, theatre performance, music workshops, live art)
- two concerts of Belarus rock and pop band.

The Festival also displayed sustainable energy solutions and other environmental solutions. The Festival promoted reduction of carbon footprint - CO2 emissions - and the use of only sources of renewable energy.
There were wide use of renewable energy using e.g. solar collectors and cooking with wood.

Invited guests:
- experts in the field of ecology and green energy, - experts in the field of climate change
- music bands, theater groups, dancers, fire – show, - designers, artists, photographers

It was the first International Youth Festival in Belarus, which combined the ideas of modern art and the environmental movement. Modern art reflects what is going on around us, and means that such problems as climate change, unsustainable resource consumption and environmental pollution are reflected in art.

Participants learned different kinds of art, and also could see the environmental sides. Principles of separate waste collection, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable consumption and other environmental solutions.

Number of participants: 100 – 150 people
Languages: English and Belarus/Russian.

Local organisers: Centre for Environmental Solutions (CES), Ecodome and MD-IAE, Belarus.
The Summer Youth Camp is organised in cooperation with International Network for Sustainable Energy - Europe (INFORSE-Europe) and other partners, with support from Nordic Council of Ministers, AirClim Secretariat in Sweden, and Norwegian Association for Nature Protection.

Review Articles in Russian:
CES web site Blogs: and
(Download them as pdf file: Blog 1,
pdf file (580 kB) and Blog 2, pdf file (251kB).)
Russian social page:

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