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Green Days 2010 – Day 3

Final day of Green Days 2010. Today we would like to continue the good event and invite you for the following events:

  • 11:00 – 14:00 Clothes swapping and exhibition (1st and 2nd floor Háskólatorg)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 World café – Topic: Biodiversity (room 301 – 3rd floor Háskólatorg)
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Closing of Green Days 2010 (Nordic House)

Hope you can join us and have a drink and celebrate with us! 😉 We did it!

Green Days 2010 – Day 2

The Green Days 2010 have been opend on April 7th. Today (April 8th), we would like to invite you for the next events:

  • 11:00 – 14:00 Clothes swopping (2nd floor Háskólatorg – University Square)
  • 14:00 – 16:00 Panel Discussion – Topic: GMO in Iceland (Nordic House)
  • 19:00 – 21:00 Pub quiz (Háma at Háskólatorg)

It is going to be fun, if you can join!

Green Days 2010 – Meeting

Hello friends and fellows

As you have maybe heard the Green Days 2010 are going to happen soon. This years Green Days will be an event filled with interesting activities around the theme of “Biodiversity”. But this event can only become better with your help. … and we need your help.

So please join us in our activities to organize it and make it a great event. All small and large help is more than welcome. The Green Days will take place between the 7th and 9th of April at the University of Iceland and maybe other places.

Next meeting to organize it (since we now have a rough schedule and programme) will be on Tuesday 9th of March between 13:30 and 15:00 at 3rd floor meeting place in Gimli. We hope you all can make it.

The board of Gaia

Green Days 2010 – Meeting

Since we are planning the Green Days, we would like to have your thoughts and ideas. The Green Days will only be successful if we all together work on it. More minds, more hands, the more success! 😉

This years theme will be “Biodiversity”

We would like to get your ideas and participation! Therefore, we invite you for a meeting on Monday 1st of March at 17:00. The meeting will take place in the meeting room at 3rd floor Gimli. Please send us a mail if you can participate and especially send us a mail with your ideas, if you can’t make it (gaia[at]hi.is).

If you want to stay in touch with us, join as a fan or member on one of Gaia’s facebook groups 🙂

Seeds Green Days 2009

Hello Gaia Members,

Our friends at the organization SEEDS (seedsiceland.org) are putting on a city-wide Green Days this week! We hope you can make it to some of the activities they have planned. There will be an environmentally-themed movie every night this week at 19.00 in Hitt Húsið, as well as various activities each day.

Movies at Hitt Húsið at 19.00 this week:

  • Monday: Waste=Food
  • Tuesday: A Crude Awakening; The Oil Crash
  • Wednesday: Addicted to Plastic
  • Thursday: Santa’s Workshop AND We Buy, Who Pays?
  • Friday: The Race for the Car of the Future

Please see the attached flyer for details, and we hope you can join in the fun!

The board of Gaia

Green Days 2009 – Friday 6th

11:00 – 14:00
Cloth-swapping, Háskólatorg

Clothes Swapping will be held during Green Days at Háskóli Íslands on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of March.

The idea of clothes swapping comes from Sweden and other countries, where people may bring items of clothing or accessories to a market and exchange them. In some cases, those who do not have something to bring may buy clothes for a very low price.

The idea behind clothes-swapping is to try to minimize our consumption of new clothes and thus reduce our ecological footprint. Clothing can have many environmental impacts, many of which we are not aware of by simply reading the label. The clothing industry often bases manufacturing operations in developing countries to take advantage of cheap labor and little or no environmental or human rights regulations.

Sometimes, people will throw out perfectly useful clothes, a shame as someone else may find a use for them by altering or re-using them. Rather than consuming low quality, disposable fashions, we would like to encourage people to find a new original use for old clothes and to encourage people to be creative and self-sufficient as well as saving money!

How to participate?
You can bring clothes to Nönnugata 7 (Ruth, 8207687) before the event where you will receive coupons entitling them to take an equal number of items from the clothes swapping table. You can also bring clothes on Thursday and Friday to Háskólatorg. As people will also have the opportunity to purchase the clothes, we encourage those people with coupons to use them as soon as they can, to avoid losing out. One item entitles you to one coupon or one item of clothing. All items may be purchased for 300 ISK. Any remaining clothes at the end of the week will be donated to a second hand charity shop.

18:00 – 24:00
Closing party in the Nordic House with green drinks and music

The closing party in the Nordic House starts with music by Sudden Weather Change at 6pm. It is an Icelandic alternative rock band that consist of Bergur Thomas Anderson, Dagur Stephensen, Benjamin Mark Stacey, Loji Höskuldsson and Oddur Guðmundsson. For more information about the band, see: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=77155071

After the concert Kristin Vala Ragnarsdóttir, the Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences, will give a closing speech for the week. A couple of awards will be given out after the closing speech, for example the best outfit award!

The best green outfit of the evening will be judged by the Gaia board. It doesn´t matter if the color of the outfit is not green, green fashion mean so much more! Your outfit can for example be from the clothes swappping, be recycled, made of organic products or borrowed from a friend. Just use your creativity and have lots of fun!

Hope to see you all there!

More information are comming soon!

Green Days 2009 – Thursday 5th

11:00 – 14:00
Cloth-swapping, Háskólatorg

Clothes Swapping will be held during Green Days at Háskóli Íslands on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th of March.

The idea of clothes swapping comes from Sweden and other countries, where people may bring items of clothing or accessories to a market and exchange them. In some cases, those who do not have something to bring may buy clothes for a very low price.

The idea behind clothes-swapping is to try to minimize our consumption of new clothes and thus reduce our ecological footprint. Clothing can have many environmental impacts, many of which we are not aware of by simply reading the label. The clothing industry often bases manufacturing operations in developing countries to take advantage of cheap labor and little or no environmental or human rights regulations.

Sometimes, people will throw out perfectly useful clothes, a shame as someone else may find a use for them by altering or re-using them. Rather than consuming low quality, disposable fashions, we would like to encourage people to find a new original use for old clothes and to encourage people to be creative and self-sufficient as well as saving money!

How to participate?
You can bring clothes to Nönnugata 7 (Ruth, 8207687) before the event where you will receive coupons entitling them to take an equal number of items from the clothes swapping table. You can also bring clothes on Thursday and Friday to Háskólatorg. As people will also have the opportunity to purchase the clothes, we encourage those people with coupons to use them as soon as they can, to avoid losing out. One item entitles you to one coupon or one item of clothing. All items may be purchased for 300 ISK. Any remaining clothes at the end of the week will be donated to a second hand charity shop.

We have been very happy to have an short interview by Fréttablaðið about our event. You can either read it online (only visible in the PDF version – link) or as a download by clicking on the following picture!

14:00 – 17:00
Seminar on EU and Environment, Nordic House

Þórunn Sveinbjarnardóttir
Alþingiskona og fyrrverandi umhverfisráðherra – MP and former Minister for the Environment
Umhverfisstefna ESB: Aðhald og sveigjanleiki – The European Union Environmental Policy: constraints and flexibilities

This talk will be given in Icelandic

Gunnhildur Lily Magnúsdóttir
Doktorsnemi í stjórnmálafræði – PhD student in Political Science
Áhrif Svía, Dana og Finna á umhverfisstefnu ESB – Impacts of Sweden, Danmark and Finland on the European Union environmental policy

This talk will be given in Icelandic

Elin Lerum Boasson
frá Fridjof Nansen institute í Noregi – Fridjof Nansen Institute in Norway
The energy and climate policy of the European Union and Norwegian adaptation to these.

This talk will be given in English

17:00 – 20:00
Movie in the Nordic House with organic drinks in the café

100 % Cotton – Made in India

Cotton is the main material for our textiles specially those ones we wear directly on the skin. During cotton production plenty of pesticides are used, even such poisons which were used as chemical weapons.

Many of these pesticides are banned in Europe but still used and produced by Bayer in India. In the cotton belt of India they are the killer number one farmers caught in the vicious circle of debt commit suicide. Hundreds of people die of poisonous during spraying season.

The residues of the poison reach the European consumers, it enters their bodies through the skin. The only way out is Organic Cotton!

Green Days 2009 – Wednesday 4th

11:00 – 14:00
Energy Companies, Háskólatorg

Various energy companies will be visiting Háskolatorg: Landsvirkun, Nýorka, Geysir Green Energy and Metan.

Energy and human wellbeing are inextricably linked. Energy affects all aspects of development, the social, the economic, and the environmental, including livelihoods, access to water, agricultural productivity, health, population levels, education, and gender-related issues.
It is estimated that global energy demands in the developing world will increase by 60% by 2030, yet if fossil fuels are used to meet these demands as they currently are in many developing countries, global greenhouse gas emissions will increase accordingly.

Sustainable development calls for the use of sustainable energy systems and renewable energy such as wind, biomass, hydropower, geothermal, and wave power have the potential to be sustainable. However, the way in which these resources are used will ultimately determine whether or not it is sustainable.

To be sustainable ithe energy must be produced and used in ways that support human development over the long term, in all its social, economic and environmental dimensions, that is ways that promote or are compatible with long-term human well-being and ecological balance.

17:00 – 20:00
Movie in the Nordic House with organic drinks in the café

Who killed the electric car?

The movie deals with the history of the electric car, its development and commercialization, mostly focusing on the General Motors EV1, which was made available for lease in Southern California, after the California Air Resources Board passed the ZEV mandate in 1990, as well as the implications of the events depicted for air pollution, environmentalism, Middle East politics, and global warming.

The film details the California Air Resources Board‘s reversal of the mandate after suits from automobile manufacturers, the oil industry, and the George W. Bush administration. It points out that Bush’s chief influences, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice, and Andrew Card, are all former executives and board members of oil and auto companies. It should be noted that this car was introduced during the Clinton Administration in 1996 they were eliminated from the GM Line in 1999.

A large part of the film accounts for GM’s efforts to demonstrate to California that there was no demand for their product, and then to take back every EV1 and dispose of them. A few were disabled and given to museums and universities, but almost all were found to have been crushed; GM never responded to the EV drivers’ offer to pay the residual lease value ($1.9 million was offered for the remaining 78 cars in Burbank before they were crushed). Several activists are shown being arrested in the protest that attempted to block the GM car carriers taking the remaining EV1s off to be crushed.

The film explores some of the reasons that the auto and oil industries worked to kill off the electric car. Wally Rippel is shown explaining that the oil companies were afraid of losing out on trillions in potential profit from their transportation fuel monopoly over the coming decades, while the auto companies were afraid of losses over the next six months of EV production. Others explained the killing differently. GM spokesman Dave Barthmuss argued it was lack of consumer interest due to the maximum range of 80-100 miles per charge, and the relatively high price.

The film also explores the future of automobile technologies including a deeply critical look at hydrogen vehicles and an upbeat discussion of plug-in hybrid electric vehicle technologies.

More information are comming soon!