At the fifth annual European Global Issues Network (GIN) conference for over 400 students from around the world, Green Cross International’s (GCI) Value Change Programme organised two workshops designed to engage students on environmental issues. Hosted by Earth Focus and the International School of Geneva, the Conference was held 21-23 March in Geneva under the theme “Our People and Planet – Working towards a more secure future.”
During the breakout sessions on Sunday 21 March various workshops were organised for the students, during which GCI organised two workshops. The Supermarket Aisle workshop sought to teach the students to become informed consumers and commit to behavioral change through a role play game that had the students act as buyers and sellers before discussing the environmental impact of their shopping choices. The second workshop was an audio visual workshop during which the students discussed the impact of multimedia based environmental messages and how they could communicate these messages to the next generation.
On the second day of the conference, GCI Chief Operating Officer Adam Koniuszewski addressed the plenary, providing the students with a sense of urgency on the current state of the environment and background information on GCI’s international activities.
The mission of the Global Issues Network is to help students realise they can make a difference by empowering them with knowledge on the current issues, while creating an international platform to develop solutions for global issues. Other GIN conferences will be held this year in Africa, Asia and the Near East.