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Sustainable development is possible through committed action towards climate change - this was conclusion of the debate held at the American College on Friday, 11 February 2011.  Students were exposed to lectures and later engaged into discussion on climate change- what cause them, it’s effects on environment and how this challenge can be transformed into opportunity for sustainable development of communities.

Professor Phd, Zoran Sahpuric; Zaklina Paunovska- Anglekovik, NGO “Ednakvi za site”; Filip Ivanovski, PAKOMAK; Jana Spiroska, Expert in Science, Environmental Science and Policies and USAID Plastic Recycling Project representatives, spoke about diverse aspects of climate change highlighting actions that should be done in order long- term solutions to be achieved.

The discussion was focused on following topics:

  • Climate change as a global problem- definition, negative impact of CO2, Sources of pollution
  • Energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy- the Municipality of Kocani as a success story for it’s unique approach towards using alternative sources of energy
  • Responsible businesses- recycling and recovery; Green economies and green jobs
  • Students networks- promoters of climate change as opportunity for development

Upon lectures, students engaged in vivid discussion mostly interested in economic aspects for the climate change: innovative business, employment opportunities in green industries, growth of the recycling industry, hypocrisy in the developed industrial countries etc.

Huge interest provoked the short video on Central European Students Network, aired upon presentation of Jana Spiroska. She delivered first hand information on advocacy efforts of the network and methods used for increasing public awareness of students, institutions and citizens. Especially interesting was the concept of promoting products designed from recyclable materials. As an outcome, most of the students expressed interest in joining the network established through this project and engage directly in voluntary activities all the year around, especially in design and implementation of the public awareness campaigns.

At the end of the event, students distributed brochures created through the project to their colleagues at the University.

Climate change, Prof. Shapuric
Energy efficiency and alternative sources of energy 2011
Student initiative

Client services
Local Economic Development
Environmental protection
Inclusion of marginalized groups
Forming  public - private partnership of informal collectors
Law on packaging and waste packaging:
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