15. September is school start for more than 175 000 pupils in over 4500 schools that will learn about sustainable energy use through the SPARE project. Norges Naturvernforbund`s school project SPARE (School Project on Application of Resources and Energy) teaches pupils from 17 countries about the connection between energy consumption and environmental consequences.
In a unique partnership project Norges Naturvernforbund contribute to unite governmental and non-governmental organisations in a makeover for environmental education in Belarus. 26th of March SPARE was launched as a national project on energy and climate education in Belarus.
Norges Naturvernforbund has together with local partner EcoVision rebuilt the minor wing of school number 7 in Gori, Georgia. All the windows were blown out when a bomb hit nearby the school during the war actions in August. 1500 pupils have since the war had to attend education in regional schools.
Norges Naturvernforbund has in cooperation with local organizations in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania written a report focusing on the necessary framework for small-scale sustainable energy projects to succeed.
This is the message that Friends of the Earth International is urging its members and the general public to send to the political leaders of Nigeria. See the petition and background information here!
In Maringue district in central Mozambique people can now see the effects of using solar energy for lighting their homes. Through a project supported by Norges Naturvernforbund has more than 80 families within short time purchased a solar panel system. The costs of the solar panels can be paid back over some few months with the money saved for lamp oil and radio batteries. In addition a considerable health gain is achieved when the indoor air is not polluted by the lamp fume.
The Norwegian Minister for Environment and Development told today environmentalists from Brazil and Nepal that he is on the restrictive side when it comes to new licenses for oil extraction in Norway. Mr. Solheim participated in an electronic meeting on Norwegian climate policy arranged by Norges Naturvernforbund, Norwegian Rainforest Foundation and Future in Our Hands.
Norges Naturvernforbund has during 2008 had particular focus on strengthening of NGOs climate work in Belarus and Russia. In Russia, the reorganized umbrella organisation Russian Socio-Ecological Union (RSEU) has developed policy and inputs to the Russian position in the international climate negotiations in Poznan. They are now present in Poznan, and work actively towards their delegation.
Saving energy is important for improvement of local and global environment. Nobody can do everything, but if everybody does something, we can achieve a lot together! In order to increase attention for the importance of energy saving, SPARE arranges an international energy saving day today!
More than 50 participants from nuclear industry, authorities, trade unions and environmentalists met in the nuclear city Sosnovy Bor to discuss closure and dismantling of old nuclear power plants.
With support from Norges Naturvernforbund, the alliance of Belarusian environmental organizations, Green Alliance, has started a national climate campaign in Belarus. The campaign started with a national climate seminar in Minsk the 2nd and 3rd of October 2008 where a total of 27 participants attended the whole seminar with participants from different regions of Belarus.
SPARE coordinators, teachers and pupils from the three Caucasian countries Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan have in the end of September gathered for regional SPARE seminar in the mountain village Gudauri, Georgia. The participants have been discussing the development of SPARE in the region, the consequences of climate change and methods to teach pupils what climate change is and how it will affect the Caucasus.