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Thursday, April 4th
Program 08:00 – 9:30
09:30 – 12:30
Leisure Time 14:00 – 18:00
Lecture: Fabian Joas
BDC and Recycling Party
Bar & Disco
Changing the Energy Scapes – the Renewable
Vision in Europe Find the Perfect Spot
Floods at the Oder River
Here and Now: Why and How?
Hip Enough for Metropolis?
Trip through Berlin – Get an Idea of Tourism
Urban Transport – Visions for Future Generations
How to become a Superheroine/Superhero!? How to lead and moderate a good workshop?
New ways of discovering a city
German Breakfast When ordered a German breakfast at our congress place people were confused and said that a German breakfast doesn’t exist. We prove that is not true.
Workshop Excursions Please inform yourself if and when you have got a workshop excursion. If you are in doubt, then ask your workshop leader as soon as possible
Group Picture 2nd Try As the last attempt to make a group picture failed, we would like to try it again. This time we will meet at 18:45 h in the big hall upstairs, in the main building.
BDC Tonight is the night in which we will hold the famous Egea Beer Drinking Contest. Get your team ready and read the rules carefully:
BDC Rules 1. Be at the table in time! 2. Hands on the table! Do not touch the cup! 3. No cheating! 4. Do not start before the predrinker has put his/her cup on the head! 5. All the beer in the mouth, no waterfalls! 6. Cup on the head when finished! 7. Do not start before the previous drinker finished and put his cup on the head! 8. Maximum one â€œone-more-timeâ€? due to waterfalls per team per match! 9. Have Fun! If you want to join a team, you can still sign up next to the entrance near the Info desk!
Also: did you know about sustainable dance floors? No? Then check out the energy generating floor on: http://www.sustainabledanceclub.com/products/sustainable_dance _floor/ This could be a really great idea for one of the next congresses!
Travel Competition Those environmentally loving people of you that made a special effort to travel as ecologically as possible, please contact Markus or Niko from the Orga Team to compete in the Travel Competition. Also have some sort of photo evidence prepared.
Topic of the Day By Nikolai Smith What can we learn from Cuba? Many people probably wouldn’t have guessed the most sustainable country on earth correctly. It’s Cuba, at least according to the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). But how can a country with so many problems, where thousands of people have fled and still flee from today, which is oppressing its own people, where critics can’t speak openly and have to fear harsh consequences if they do so, how can a country like this be so sustainable? Cuba’s story of success mostly has its roots in need, like the need for food after the Eastern Bloc collapsed and with it Cuba’s most
important trading partners. This and the continuing US trade embargo against Cuba made it extremely difficult to import foreign products for food supply. In the ten years after the end of the Soviet Union, without the food imports and the missing money from Cuban exports to replace these, the average Cuban lost around 10 kg of his or her weight. Obviously desperate measures had to be taken during this time. So the urban population started to grow its own food on urban spaces that weren’t used. The government saw the potential and started to organise the allocation of the usable land. The Grupo de Agricultura Orgánica (GAO) was important for the development of the organic urban farming and was thus awarded the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, in 1999 for their efforts to promote organic agriculture. Although it is noteworthy, that the organic farming methods are not necessarily by every farmer’s free choice. As oil is scarce, so are the pesticides and fertilisers derived from it. So today, the biggest part of the vegetables consumed in Cuba’s cities is actually grown there. This also has to do with the shortage of oil, so transport is very difficult and expensive. Urban agriculture also helps to limit the needed transportation for the food and by doing so limiting the CO2 being emitted. Another example for a sensible use of Cuba’s resources is the system of arranged car sharing. On the bigger long distance roads, you will often see groups of people waiting at the side of the road. All government vehicles, including government run companies, so a lot of them, have to stop and fill up every available seat, so the sparse oil is used as effectively as possible. The revolutionary Cuba proclaimed the “Revolución Energetica” in the mid-1990s. This led to every school, hospital and other important buildings were supplied with electricity, the outlying rural ones often with solar energy. Big incentives were given to save
energy and within two years over two million old energy inefficient refrigerators were replaced. Note that Cuba only has a population of 11 million people. So what is it that we can learn from Cuba, apart from how to produce good rum and cigars? Cuba had to struggle with many different problems that we will most likely face in the future, especially the decline of available oil with all its consequences. Cuba has found ways to cope with the limited resources it has and to even provide a certain standard of living. Cuba actually has a high Human Development Index, higher than countries like Russia, Mexico or Turkey. So we should look at Cuba as a possible future for the time when the oil gets less and we need to sort out alternatives. And maybe that time has already come.
Green Page Precycling in London and Texas â€“ Do the right thing for you and the environment! Everyone knows the term recycling but what is meant by precycling? If we shop groceries for everyday life we know that we will produce waste because products are packed in various types of plastic and paper packages which we will probably throw into our rubbish bin. While some packaging is recycled most ends up in landfill sites. Moreover some packaging is difficult or even impossible to recycle. Recycling is part of the solution but we have to do more than this. Precycling means to
use less packaging and not produce waste while buying groceries. Instead find more reusable ways of doing things. There are two shops in London and in the USA (Austin, Texas) which sell their products without packaging. The customers bring any kind of containers e.g. plastic and paper bags, tupperware, cartons or glass jars which they refill with groceries and reuse each time they shop. The advantages are simple: they can choose how much they want to take and they wonâ€™t produce waste at home. With their vision to create a world with less wasteful packaging both stores support the reduction of CO2 emissions from less packaging, the reduction of material waste from landfill and incineration, less food waste since customers buy only what they need and a positive behaviour change by helping their customers to consume more sustainably. For information visit: www.beunpacked.com and www.in.gredients.com
Gossip Egeans are exploring new horizons: threesome of Warsaw, Marburg and Utrecht! Janja (Ljubljana) is tonight going for a sex date instead of sleeping in the toilet like last night. David (Graz) is the hottest guy here! Pay attention to one special girl. Sevilla (Ljubljana) is exploring new landscapes... Manuel (Marburg) and Christina (Graz) seem to enjoy each other! Jannik (Leuven) is getting very crazy with Schnappi... Will Schnappi need psychological help after this??! Denise is still waiting for her prince! Camille (Bern) is the best girl in the WRC 2013! Denise (Marburg) is the sexiest girl from the congress!! Michael (Graz) and Oxane (Helsinki) are getting closer. Oskar is hitting on Dora from Croatia. Anja doesn’t love Marc so much.. She shows him she has other options. Justina, we wish you all the best for your 23rd birthday!!! Doroteja (Zagreb) and Oskar (Berlin) try out good vibrations. The whole building was shaking. David (Graz) likes Emilija (Belgrad) and he made already a first step towards her. The new lyrics of ‘Moscow’ is lalalalala! Having more than one key for the door: 50$ Having unlimitd fun: 100$ Locking the door: priceless!