Congreso de Caretakers of the Environment en
Katowice (Polonia) 2006
Caretakers of the Environment "CEI" celebrated the annual
Congress, this year with the motto "YOUTH for a SUSTAINABLE
Future ", in
Katowice-Poland. The delegations
from five continents arrived throughout day (1 July) and were
settled into the three hotels of "Ustrum-Jaszowiec Poland".
On the morning
of the first day of conference the participants went to
Auschwitz, where it was
impossible for the participants to contain their tears over
thoughts of the great suffering that took thousands of Jewish
people in those facilities.
During the opening ceremony, Denis
and Joel took flag of Galicia and Spain (that we represented),
placing them among other 30 corresponding ones of so many other
GALLERY FROM TONY AND HELEN
our delegation --
photos of the conference showed the commitment to Environmental
Education of the working groups:
prepared a presentation in which the students were animals
and had to speak with the human beings to make them see
their dreadful behavior within Nature. Joel’s writing was
chosen for its representation of a frog. Also songs were
presented, in which the groups composed the words and they
put music to them, or commented on the different
possibilities that they saw to improve the planet.
studied the forest in groups, studying the type of trees and
shrubs, animals, or the types of herbaceous plants; we
looked for the different plants that were in a square meter.
Later they were tabulated so as to know the ecosystem of the
We went to
the world heritage site
“Wieliczka Salt Mine” (a
working mine since the XIII century). The Poles knew to
take advantage of and recovered the mine with the necessary
elements so that thousands of people descend more than 140
meters by more than 600 steps. In the conference centre in
this “belly of the world” we enacted a
resource reunification ceremony.
deposited a gift of resources from their region of the
This legacy of unification
will remain with the host school.
We left pieces of granite and
slate, as they are abundant in our region. Following the
ceremony the organizers offered a generous lunch in the
restaurant, which was more than 140 meters below the surface
of the earth and then a surprise trip to the medieval city,
We visited a hydroelectric
power station as well as a constructed commercial center on
the site of an defunct coalmine. They taught us the
operations of the power station and we visited about 3
kilometers of corridors of the stores, rooms of game, etc.
The project presentations: the
majority was on power point and all were of similar in
quality, although some surprised us by their content. A
follow-on poster session offered time for the materials to
be reviewed in depth. The best ones without a doubt, from
our point of view were those by the Chinese, Greek and
taught the beauties of the Valley of Lemos as a
result of the work of: recovery of a
Route of Senderismo and the
the water sources of our Valley.
We also briefly visited the
cultural center of Krakow.
The great nocturnal social
gatherings, in which along with the Greeks and
Argentineans, we made further great-united groups. The week
was passing and soon the time arrived to draw the final
conclusions and to bring closure to a great event. Do people
all over the world ask the same questions upon meeting? We
Conclusions: the surroundings are
not the care of few but rather ALL if we are to leave a legacy
to our descendants. We may somehow think that our individual
performances will not serve but we are mistaken, because
indeed this is where the force resides, which further
encourages governments, companies and society to behave in a
sustainable fashion. In a world where we are drowning in our
greed we are choosing: not to change, not to reduce consumption,
not to reuse products and not to recycle what we used. Are we
choosing not to have a future?
There were other considerations
during the conference such as:
It was suggested to help developing countries (RIACA)
so that they can
send delegations to the conferences and although
it was considered that there would be to look
for some form to resolve this problem. The
organization is incapable of handling those
expenses. The conference finished and then the
time to say our goodbyes…there were changes in
directions, invitations from others… as well as
tears that many spilled between touching hugs.
We even had a few hours to visit the center of
Paris, seeing the emblematic places but of the
finished and then the time to say our goodbyes…there were
changes in directions, invitations from others… as well as tears
that many spilled between touching hugs. We even had a few
hours to visit the
center of Paris, seeing the
emblematic places but of the Parisian city.
This Congress was a very important
learning activity, in it we saw ourselves and that environmental
problems are similar everywhere however solutions are different.
Creativity and the financial means to find these solutions
differ from person to person and place to place. We also saw
that our level in the subject of Environmental Education was to
the standard of other delegations.
This made us realize that in
Galicia the level of the students is not the one that they want
us to see.