The 2nd Annual International Trash Conference & Exhibition (ITCE) was organized by Environmental Deficiency Elimination for the Nations – Garden City Project (EDEN GCP) in collaboration with Earth Charter International (ECI) Youth Network based in Costa Rica. This conference took place on the 5– 6 of October, 2017 at PIND Complex, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria.
Participants consisted of both high ranking professionals and researchers from universities and other organizations as well as students from all over Nigeria. The practical presentations and workshops sessions held during this conference established a solid framework for global sustainability especially amongst the youths.
The aims of this conference were to:
- Exhibit sustainable development technologies/materials alongside other global change makers
- Inspire both delegates and participants in sustainability works
- Motivate both Participants and delegates to collaboratively and ethically implement their social – impact ideas in response to problems confronting them in their communities
Day one of the conference was more of introduction and getting to know participants and sharing the contents of the conference. Mr. Victor Okechukwu [Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL)] and Mr Chibuike Emmanuel welcomed the participants and created an interface of interactions amongst participants.
After a moment of interactions amongst participants, the first presenter that happens to be another Earth Charter Young Leader (ECYL) by name Rohdof Lactem Yengeh from Cameroon made a presentation on the Earth Charter Initiative, the objectives and missions as well as how the Earth Charter globally impacts other youth’s lives.
Rohdof Lactem Yengeh on behalf of Christine Lacayo (Youth project coordinator of ECI) elaborated on the creation of awareness programs on Education for Sustainable Development while impacting the lives of many youths and global sustainability projects ECI is carrying out and the need for youths to enroll on the online Leadership, Sustainability and Ethics (LSE) trainings ECI offers 4 times a year in English and Spanish. Most of the youth participants expressed much interest in signing up for the online LSE program.
All of the presentations made during the conference pointed towards global sustainability and Education for Sustainable Development which happens to be a strong pillar of ECI. This conference initiated a lot of networking amongst participants including the facilitators.
To view Youth Projects Coordinator, Christine Lacayo’s, Keynote Speech from abroad click here: