Green World Youth Day goes global

Treeplanting at Green World Youth Day 2008World Youth Day organizers say that this year’s program in Madrid, Spain, will be environmentally friendly and 100% natural.

The organizers of the August event announced on Thursday the program called “100% Natural,” which expresses the commitment to hold a non-contaminating event, Zenit reports.

“To hand over a land in good conditions to the new generations is a concern of every Christian and hence also for the World Youth Day,” said Eva Latonda who is in charge of the “100% Natural” program.

Organizers explained that Zeroemissions company will calculate the carbon cost of 2011 World Youth Day and will compensate through voluntary carbon credits.

Carbon credits will be obtained from five projects on various continents: a field of wind power in New Caledonia, a mini-hydraulic project in the Honduras, a reforestation project in Uganda, and two projects of recovery of methane in rubbish dumps of China and Turkey.

“This is a major step forward for World Youth Day,” said Stefan Gigacz, CCI Secretary and formerly Coordinator of the Green World Youth Day 2008 project.

Green WYD was organised by the Young People for Development network in partnership with the Holy Eucharist parish, St Albans in Melbourne, Australia. CCI was also a partner for the event.

“CCI is proud to have been a co-partner in this magnificent effort,” said CCI convenor MJ Ruben.


Organizers Prepare for “Green” World Youth Day (Zenit)

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