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World Youth Day goes green

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

World Youth Day goes green
Green World Youth Day program, Melbourne, Australia 2008

March 15, 2011

World 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. Abengoa is making this contribution as a patron of the Madrid Vivo Foundation, an institution made up of various personalities and the most important Spanish companies collaborating actively with the youth day. “This practice of voluntary compensation of emissions is ever more usual and is marking a tendency in events in which a great number of people gather,” said Emilio Rodriguez, director of Zeroemissions. “For example, it was already done in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics and in the concerts of the U2 group.” In the case of WYD Madrid, 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. SOURCE Organizers Prepare for “Green” World Youth Day (Zenit) PHOTO Green World Youth 2008
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