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Call for participants: German-Belarusian exchange 2015

„Dealing with The Aftermath“ Consequences, possible solutions and alternatives of conventional energy industry and agriculture.


German-Belarusian youth exchange on agriculture and energy industry

Near Minsk (Belarus) from April 7th-17th and in and around Berlin/Brandenburg (Germany) July 22nd-31st.

Nutrition and electricity make part of the basic care of a person. To guarantee their constant availability is the purpose of the agriculture and energy industry. But the claim to a sufficient coverage leads to an extremely intense production that generates the desired amount of goods on the one side but a certain amount of unwelcome side effects on the other side.

What consequences of the mass production in energy industry and agriculture are to be foreseen?

Which are already apparent?
How do we, the enterprises and our states handle these consequences?

The government, the economy and the medias sketch different sceneries of what effects forms of generating nutrition and electricity have on the environment. So it can be helpful to form an opinion ourselves. On this basis we can find an independent point of view and become active.
Which ideas seem to be promising? Which ones not?
Many countries have to deal with similar problems. And the catrastrophe of Tschernobyl showed us: The consequences of the mass production in energy industry don’t respect national borders. Although the accident has been at a Ukrainian nuclear power plant most of the contaminated areas are situated in Belarus.

That’s why we want to take a close look on consequences, alternatives and possible solutions of conventional energy industry and agriculture during our Belarussian-German youth exchange “Dealing with The Aftermath“. And you are invited to join us!

At the same time, we want to put emphasis on the intercultural aspects of this exchange: We want to dicover new worlds, we want to understand and laugh at misunderstandings, see our country in a different light and a different country in the old light, we want to call our world view into question, sing songs, tell stories, have fun and do everything to make the farewell become a sad one.

Are you interested?
Here are the most important facts:

First part of the programme: April 6-17 2015
Second part of the programme: July 22-31 2015

Belarus: meet belarussian environmental associations, visit the grounds of the planned nuclear power plant Ostrovets, workshop on permaculture, hike at Golubye Ozera, presentations, discussions…
Germany: visit an Urban-Gardening project, field trip to open-cast mining Lausitz, a day at a Community-Supported-Agriculture farm, visit a wind park, discussions…

Accommodation and food

We want to limit our ecologic footprint during exchange. Therefor we will travel by train. In Belarus we’ll be hosted in the ecovillage Podkostelok for most of the time. In Germany we’ll have vegan (no meat, no dairy products) and ecological self-catering. Since in July we hope for nice temperatures and we want to move around we will use tents most of the time.

You are between 18 and 26 years old.
You speak English, maybe Russian.
You are interested in the topic.

You can take part in both parts of the exchange.
You want to have a great time with people from Belarus and Germany, you are open to discover the countries, to actively contribute, to learn, discuss and sit together.

250 € for german participants (maximum), 50 € for Belarussian participants (for both parts including travel, accomodation, food, program). Because of the support of the EU-program „Erasmus+“ we are able to offer this exchange for this reasonable fee.

Registration until 18th of February:

Contact for questions:

We are looking forward to meet you!

Lucas, Rebecca, Nora,
BUNDjugend Berlin
and Ecodom Belarus.