Impressions of the Greening with Goethe Conference 2013
Final Declaration 2013
Greening with Goethe Youth Conference 2013Vision: Towards a Sustainable Environment
- Being a part of mother earth is our responsibility to conserve and care about the environment! Action speaks louder than words; hence we commit to continue with our respective projects to work towards a sustainable environment. We pledge to find practical solutions to our problems and deal with it in a scientific manner.
- We, the participants of the Greening with Goethe Environmental Youth Conference held in Bremen, Germany between2 9.11 and 01.12.2013, pledge to continue our efforts towards sustainable environment and development.
- We should be taking the world in a different direction; too many steps have been taken in the wrong direction. We are convinced that by 2053 the world should be more equitable, using clean energy with reduced emissions, leave behind a smaller carbon footprint and use public transport, non-motorized transportation systems and preserve biodiversity.
- We realize that achieving this vision requires a multi-pronged strategy and approaches ranging from personal responsibility to sustainability in everyday life to global environmental policies and the world in 40 years and thus we commit ourselves to address these challenges.
In realising this vision, we imagine that by 2053, the world should be a better place to live in:
- Policies that are aiming at preserving our natural resources and ensuring social equity (at local and international levels).
- Food, education, shelter, health and mobility for all.
- Access to sustainable and affordable public transport networks.
- Comprehensive and proactive family planning education.
- Equal opportunities to accomplish goals and better recognition for excellence.
In order to achieve the above, sustainability in everyday life plays a crucial role. Toward this end,
- We need to use alternate and renewable energy sources, for example: solar, wind, etc.; reduce our energy consumption, for example: use of energy efficient lights, etc.
- We need to encourage carpooling, use of public transport, eco-friendly cars, riding a bicycle and walking to reduce pollution.
- We need to pursue judicious use of water and mandate rain water harvesting.
- We need to minimise waste of food.
- We need to ensure segregation of waste; pursue recycling and spreading awareness to reduce waste. „Energy from Waste” projects should be encouraged.
Global environmental policy
- Governments should subsidise technology that support renewable energy sources.
- We need binding international agreements to safeguard the environment based on capabilities of countries (north/south) to take action.
- Organic farming and reforestation should be incentivised and implemented.
- Enumeration and conservation of regional and local biodiversity.
- We pledge that we will commit into this vision as individuals and pursue:
- Saving electricity and use it when necessary.
- Using environmentally friendly fuels for example, hydrogen fuel, waste based bio gas and MFC.
- Using renewable energy sources.
- Use electric cars.
- Spreading awareness using social networks, make banners, posters and using social influencers to promote conservation.
- Act as role models to sensitise and motivate friends and family about a sustainable way of life.
- Reduce meat consumption.
Final Declaration 2013 (PDF, 67kb)
Participating students from India and Germany were invited to an Environmental Youth Conference in Bremen in November/December 2013. The students got the opportunity to discuss the most urgent questions on climate change and to formulate a catalogue of sustainable measurements for their research areas. Over three days, students, teachers and scientists worked closely together, discussing environmental problems, exchanging ideas and developing fresh action plans.
In the buildings UFT and NW 2
In the buildings UFT and NW 2