I was asked to give a presentation to the Open Ceremony of the conference ‘Youth Perspectives: Environmental Issues in Contemporary Societies’, which took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from April 27-29 2012. The conference was organized by Geneva International Model United Nations, GIMUN, a fully student run (with great professionalism and high enthusiasm!) NGO with consultative status at the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In this participatory conference, participants (16-28 year young adults) worked in small committees and represent their own opinions to draft a UN-style resolution on a specific topic, which will be then shared with UN and NGO networks. Every year GIMUN organizes a ‘Youth Perspectives’ on a different topic. The topic of this year was: environmental issues in contemporary societies:
- Modern societies’ weaknesses facing environmental catastrophes
- Degrowth: a solution to protect the environment?
- Protecting biodiversity: issues of urbanism
- Future of traditional knowledge: threats and solutions?