Environmental Sustainability at UWC National Committees
To contribute to the fight against climate change, the Spanish National Committee proposed the International Office to carry out a small environmental sustainability project that started in April 2018 to help six other National Committees (NC) to reduce their environmental impact. The committees of Macedonia, Uruguay, Mexico, Portugal, Costa Rica and Thailand agreed to implement a series of actions to make their pre-selection and selection processes more environmentally friendly. This project was inspired in the work of the Spanish National Committee and the reduction of the environmental impact that its activities and alumni had during the selection year 2017-18. The Spanish NC also implemented activities during its annual summer programme 'ActionxChange' and during its winter short course 'ActionxPeace'.
To do this project, Surefoot contacted 50 NC's overall from all 5 regions, including 7 from Asia, 5 from Europe, 10 from MENA, 18 from Africa and 18 from the Americas. Surefoot also delivered a workshop at the European regional meeting in Bulgaria in June 2018 with participants from European National Committees, UWC schools and the International Office. The workshop focused on the science of climate change, the potential of UWC to reduce the use of energy and resources, and the potential for the UWC to invest in renewable energy production. The workshop also included a spectrum line game where participants had the chance to express their knowledge and opinions on different aspects of environmental sustainability.
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