“Organizing Climate-Friendly Events”
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This publication is a practical guide for young organisers of events to bring sustainable low-carbon practices into their work. The main structure of the materials follows the process of organizing an event. However, most of the information and tips can also be applied to personal life and to the everyday work of organizations.
Here you will find some factual background information along with a series of checklists, with tips, that you can use as a tool in planning and implementing your events. Further references and links are provided to supplement information presented in this Guide.
Our invitation to you is to look through this guide when you are thinking about or already preparing for an event and consider: Which of the suggested practices could I implement easily? Which ones could I ask others to employ? What message would I send to my team and to the participants of the event by making my choices and by encouraging them to do their part?
Some of the tips are quick and easy to implement, whereas others require more thought and preparation. Some might depend upon extra investment. Some might not be relevant or realistic in your situation. You know best. We, the authors, hope that this guide will help you to find your way through the issues and to make the best choices for your event.
We wanted to offer you the best. Before sharing this guide with you, we tested it with a group of young people from Latvia, Denmark, and Belarus. They met each other in summer 2015, then studied, explored, and improved the guide. They called themselves Team Decarbonize, and their suggestions, comments, and experience are included here.
You ARE going to change the world by rethinking our impact on the environment and by organizing more sustainable events. It starts with you, then passes to your team members, and then to the participants, the cousin of a participant, her colleague who happens to be a teacher, a class of students… We will be creating a society that is aware of its impact on the climate, one that is considerate about its common and individual choices. We need a society that helps the Earth and humanity to thrive, to develop, and not to decay.
Thanks for being part of the change!