2022 World Environment Conference Inspires Huge Youth Turnout
Monday, April 18, 2022
By Ariel Miller
748 people registered for ESRAG’s second annual World Environment Area of Focus Conference April 9-10. Youth participation was incredibly strong: 509 Rotaractors, 14 youth exchange students, and five Interact members. Organized by the two ESRAG Chapters supporting Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia, the conference drew people from six continents and a total of 8 ESRAG Regional Chapters. Participating organizations included the UN Environment Programme, World Wildlife Fund Turkey, Global Forest Watch (an initiative of the World Resources Institute), and World Beyond War.
21 speakers from different disciplines gave talks illustrating the six ESRAG themes. In addition, workshops showcased projects including solar energy, eco-entrepreneurship, eliminating e-waste, the I Fix the Planet video contest, and the iRoTree app for measuring project impact. Video recordings of the conference have already been uploaded! You can watch the April 9th discussions here and April 10th here. Follow ongoing conversations and news from the conference on Instagram.
Watch this newsletter and ESRAG social media for two exciting announcements:
- Publication of a conference book including study outcomes and advice for stakeholders, including potential steps for increasing collective action locally and internationally by including NGOs.
- Details on how to enter the host Chapters’ Project Contest, with prizes of €150 prize in each of three categories: “Best Act” (most effective), “Outstanding Project,” and “Innovative Project.”
Congratulations to conference co-chairs Deniz Vural of Turkey, an ESRAG Board member from the Eastern Europe-Central Asia-Middle East Chapter, and M.H. Ridheesh of India, South Asia Chapter, and their planning team for the huge success of this conference in reaching people worldwide with vital information on steps they can take to protect the environmental conditions on which we all rely to live. Image: ESRAG Zoom recording, Conference Co-Chairs Deniz Vural and M.H. Ridheesh welcoming participants.