Green Days 2011 Round-up

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s Green Days a huge success.

Below is a quick round-up of the event.

Clothes Swap

The Green Days clothes swap raised 20.000 ISK which will be donated to the Jabulani self-help centre located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The centre serves disadvantaged women and children from the townships surrounding Mariannhill through self-help projects and support.

Photos: GAIA members running the clothes swap stall. (top) Kristín Þóra. (bottom) Hrafnhildur and Olga.

Lectures/Films

The Green Days lecture series was well attended. Rannveig Magnúsdóttir introduced her documentary, Puffin in Danger, which can be viewed here. Rannveig is currently completing her PhD in biology and completed the documentary as part of her final project at the Icelandic Film School where she graduated earlier. Vestmannaeyjar is the largest puffin habitat in Iceland, but numbers have been declining over recent years. Climate change may be to blame as the species puffin feed on have been disappearing or moving to cooler waters. Rannveig also discussed the ethics of wildlife documentary-making and was highly critical of the work of one of her Danish colleagues. She criticized some of the practices used to get the right shots given harsh time and money constraints.

Photo: Rannveig Magnúsdóttir during the presentation of her film Puffin in Danger.

Sigursteinn Másson, spokesperson for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) gave a lecture on whaling in Iceland.

Sturla Sighvatsson from Northern Lights Energy (NLE) gave a lecture on NLE’s vision and business model for electrical cars in Iceland. Their plans will come into full force later this year.

Unfortunantly the copy of the Carbon Nation didn‘t arrive on time, and the Age of Stupid was screened in its place.

Photo: The audience during the screening of The Age of Stupid.

Exhibition

A guided tour of the Manna Exhibition at the Nordic House was given. The exhibition illustrated the real environmental cost of our food consumption. This was best portrayed by the 200 bottles of water placed in the centre of the exhibition room. 200 bottles of water is what is required to produce one bottle of beer!

To read more about the exhibition visit the Nordic House online and Manna Exhibition online.

Photos: From the Manna Exhibition.

Music and Pub Quiz

Andvari performed in Háskólatorg on Friday afternoon.

Photo: Andvari performing at the University of Iceland.

Green Days ended with a pub quiz won by Team Estevez. The board’s treasurer, Gunnar, has called for this year’s quiz master, Charlotte, to be barred from taking part in next year’s event after her husband’s team won the competition.

Visit GAIA on Facebook for more photos of the event.

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