Activities in Spain

Focus on the 2016 National Conference LTCP in Spain

Logroño – November 16-19

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From November 16 to 19, 46 teachers, 23 administration technicians and 12 facilitators from 10 networks of sustainable schools from Spain participated to the 3rd National Youth Conference “Let’s Take Care of the Planet”.

 

 

flashmobYoungsters from 9 autonomous communities (Albacete, Canary Islands, Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid city and community, Murcia, Navarra, Basque Country and Palencia) representing 300 schools implicated in the LTCP Project during 2016 gathered in Logroño in order to exchange on their experiences, to debate and to reach an agreement allowing them to establish the “Keys for a more sustainable life inside the school and out”.

For three days, the youngsters divided in work groups to draft collectively a manifesto which could serve as a reference document summing up the responsibilities taken by the students and the actions they want to implement within their own schools to guide them along the path towards sustainability.

Other ways of expression have also been used during the educommunication workshops to valorize their commitments: rap music, news report or comics. The high point of these workshops materialized in a giant flash mob on Logroño’s central square where the youngsters played percussions on plastic bottles and retook their motto “Being ecofriendly is not an obligation, it’s a way of life”.

The Conference ended with a general assembly of all the participants. The youngsters red their manifesto and elected the delegates in charge of representing Spain for the next European Conference.

 

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Feedback on the « Let’s Take Care of The Planet » National Youth Conference in Spain

Barcelona – November 12-15, 2014

Monde Pluriel participated to the 2nd Spanish National Conference “Let’s Take Care of The Planet” which was held in Barcelona from November 12 to 15 in 2014.

20141115 093146 compresse120 students from age 12 to 17, representing 72 schools and 60 adults (experts from Autonomous Communities –Regions and teachers) were present.

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10 Autonomous Communities (Canary Islands, Castilla La Mancha along with Albacete, Castilla and Leon along with Palencia, Catalonia, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Basque Country) on the 13 ones involved in the project that Spaniards call “Confint” were represented.

Organised by the « green schools » Catalonian network, this event was held in a working atmosphere but also with joy and good spirit, thanks to dynamic and skilled facilitators.

The « Let’s Take Care of the Planet » dynamic is highly represented in Spain. If 200 schools were involved in the regional conferences, there were 20 000 schools which had organized a local conference. Regional conferences took place in many regions. This “network of networks” receives the support of the Ministry of Education from Spain, especially to finance the delegates’ trip to the National Conference.

 

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The methodology developed with the youngsters is interesting; it is especially based on “participatory maps” and the issues identified by youngsters on their territory. Each student represents an issue identified on his/her territory and exposes the situation to his/her other classmates.

Youngsters then participated to educommunication workshops to collectively produce posters, songs, choreographies, newspaper articles and a Manifesto. The National Youth Conference coincided with the 13th International Congress on Educational Cities which was held at the same time (November 13-16) in Barcelona, a delegation representing the EsEnRed network (Escuelas Sostenibles en Red – eco-responsible schools in network) and youngsters handed in this Manifesto to Jordi Marti, Environment officer for Barcelona municipality and congress organiser.

Finally, Josep Planas Cisternas –Director of Environment Policies, Catalonia Generalitat- made the closing speech. Monde Pluriel opened doors towards European and international perspectives evoking the European Youth Conference “Let’s Take Care of The Planet” as well as COP 21. Indeed, youngsters elected the delegates who will represent them at the Brussels European Conference in May 2015: the adventure continues!

 

 

In 2013-2014

School projects and local conferences

Several hundreds of schools are participating this year again, in the Let's take care of the Planet project. Local meeting are being organized, along with and inter-regional conference, that will probably take place in Galicia. The national coordination Commission decided to organize national conferences every two years, so the next one will be next year.
Also, the creation of a national ESD 'network of networks' has recently been created, which will reinforce the already efficient project national coordination!

Feel free to visit the Spanish version of this page to read the news of the project blogue and other information... in Spanish of course!

Activities in 2013

Regional conferences are organized in 6 regions (Catalonia, Rioja, Canarias, Galicia, Bask Country, Albacete - Madrid) this year. A national conference is organized every 2 years (next will be next year in Barcelona,, on Autumn 2014). During the year, we make links between the regional conferences. Last 19th, June was organized the Regional conference in Galicia: young people from all the other regions were invited (150 from Galicia + 40 from other regions).

Last April 29, a Catalan meeting was hold with 40 schools participating on LTCP. They shared: environmental issues or challenges in their territories, they made investigtion (as a result, we have a map of environmental issues in Catalonia). They decided of actions to carry out. These were shared with other schools, and together they tried to "improve" them by adapting them to the local level (trying to impact in the territory). During next school-year (2013-2014) they will work on its implementation (involving more actors, talking to local politicians, etc.). During this meeting were selected, out of the 160 participating students, 12 delegates (following the principle a young chooses a young) to be the Catalan LTCP representatives at Catalan level till next regional meeting (that will be just before the National Conference, in fall 2014). Their first "official" activity was to participate to the regional meeting in Galicia in June 2013. They were also welcomed by the Counseling of Territory and Sustainability of Catalonia, last June, to have a dialogue with 1 political representative of this counseling.

Activities in 2012

The Spanish National Conference

January 26th and 27th, 2012 - Vitoria Gasteiz (2012 Green European Capital) – Basque Country

For the first time at the national level, the young participants had debates, exchange on how to transform the country, and prepared the European Conference and the Rio + 20 Summit.

Delegations from five autonomous communities - Catalonia, Canary Islands, Galicia, Madrid and the Basque Country took part in the first Youth National Conference, “Let’s Take Care of the Planet”. More than 150 people participated in this Spanish National Conference, among whom 101 were young delegates aged 13 to 17 years. The conference was held in a 13th century convent turned into an inn.

For two days, the youth took part in several activities liven up by a team of 8 great facilitators. They presented the regional dynamics and posters they made during local conferences, they debated the responsibilities stated in the International Charter of Brasilia and they organized think-tanks about School and the actors of their territories. After an interesting and well-argued debate, the youth voted for two responsibilities from the Charter of Brasilia they will stand for in Brussels in May: - Responsibility n°7: "Foster responsible consumption and the 5Rs policy (reflect, refuse, reduce, reuse and recycle) through informative advertising, adapted to everyday life and thus constituting sustainable societies and lifestyles."
- Responsibility n°9: "Implement environmental perspectives and values, developing the people’s point of view in order to encourage an active citizenship."

Subsequently, the youth took part in communication workshops in which they wrote a manifesto for the attention of politicians; they designed posters to sensitize people on the responsibilities and actions they chose. They also created a fresco and a song, they made a radio program about the Conference and accounted on the regional dynamics and the general process.

The 101 Spanish youth then went to the seat of Basque Country Government in order to present the Conference results to several Secretaries of State. They met with Mr. Germán Alonso, responsible for Biodiversity and Environmental Participation from the Department of Environment, Territorial Participation, Agriculture and Fishing; with Mr. Cándido Hernández, responsible for School Innovation and with Mrs. Pilar Unzalu, Environmental Counselor from Territorial Planning, Agriculture and Fishing Departments.

Finally, the conference ended up with the election of Brussels delegates and a visit of Vitoria Gasteiz and its “green ring”.

Please find all the results of the conference on the Spanish Confint blog.

Read the final report redacted by the Spanish National Organizing Commission (in Spanish only).

What about the Spanish delegates?

I feel really lucky and i know that all of us - from Catalonia, Canaries Islands, Galicia, Madrid and Basque Country - we can change the world if we want to. Why do I know it? Because if you were able to change my life in only four days, why couldn’t you change the future in a few hours and years of efforts? To sum up, the conference has been an opportunity to make new friends, to experiment new things and over all to change the world little by little. And as we wrote in the manifesto we all drafted: “We know it won’t be only words because we are UNITED YOUNG PEOPLE ACTING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE! Cristina, delegate from Catalonia.

When I stepped down the bus, I had a lot of ideas about how I was to present my ideas and the projects we studied, but everything went more smoothly than i expected. I loved listening to what you do to help changing things and to what you are ready to do in the future. I think all these who shared this experience can say we won’t stand idly in front of the people who govern the world. Noa, delegate from Galicia.

The National Conference has been an unforgettable experience for me. It helped me realize all the things other schools do at the national level in order to protect the environment, a subject that affects us all. Xavier, delegate from Basque Country.

Activities in 2011-2012

Activities continued within LTCP with local conferences in the schools and regional conferences, with the participation of 7 regions (autonomous communities): Albacete, Castilla la Mancha, Catalonia, Canary Islands, Galicia, Madrid, Basque country.

More information in the Spanish Confint Blog

During the school year 2010-2011, the young people diffused the charter in their communities and submitted the process to local authorities of their villages and towns. They also began to develop actions that were agreed in Brazil, global actions with a local application.
The Basque Country, also celebrated this year the regional conference in schools, held on May 14 in Sukarrieta.

In Galicia, through the meetings of the School Agenda 21, the Xuntazas, the younth continued the debate and developed further actions.

Catalonia held regional discussions with the participation of over 400 schools, and produced a video to invite schools in the process: www.scea.cat /confint

Activities in 2009-2010

Participation in the process leading to the International youth Conference in Brasilia, June 2010

Four regions (Aragón, Galicia, Basque Country and Catalonia) organized school conferences to discuss which responsibilities and activities the youth wanted to take on to take care of the planet. In three of these regions (Galicia, Basque Country and Catalonia) Regional Conferences were held, where young people wrote charters of responsibilities and chose delegates to represent them in Brazil, in June 2010.

The delegation consisted of 8 delegates, 3 chaperons and 1 facilitator, who attended the International Conference, taking part in decisions and actions on environment and global actions and responsibilities involved in drafting the letter and workshops.

The Results: Actively participated 57 schools, about 1,750 young people.

Once back in Spain, more energy and strength to continue the way begun!

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