For the seventh year running, professors, posters and pamphlets urged youth around the world to join in the drive towards sustainability with UNEP and its first private sector partner on youth environmental outreaches, the Bayer Group.
Bayer's Miho Oka concluded: 'For us, it's very important that envoys return home with knowledge and experience to their own countries and share them with their generation. We hope they become stakeholders in the future: we are expecting much from these young people.'
ut of hundreds of applicants from Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, 44 young people were named Young Environmental Envoys under the UNEP-Bayer partnership for their dedication to promoting sustainable development in their countries.
Envoys flew to Bayer's corporate headquarters in Germany in late November 2004 for a weeklong field trip. Aged 16-25 years, with backgrounds ranging from chemistry to forestry to law, some had never travelled outside their countries before, while others were veterans of international conferences. Yet they had a shared commitment - backed with corresponding eco-projects - to environmental protection in their respective fields.
During the week, senior corporate and government officials presented Germany's adoption of ecologically integrated industrial processes, building environmental considerations into production.
Through workshops, seminars and site tours, envoys examined technical and policy-based responses, and discussed how these could be adapted for use in their countries. Many agreed with Anusha Kothandaraman, 20, of India, that environmental protection must be 'simultaneously cost-effective and profit maximizing to be feasible in developing economies'.
They also supported the view of David Orjuela Yepes, 22, of Colombia, that 'in developing countries, people must first care and become conscious of current environmental situations: this is needed to assure solutions for future generations'.
'Push for change'
Dr Udo Oels - Bayer board member responsible for innovation, technology and the environment - addressed shared responsibilities between businesses, governments and individuals. He said: 'A concerted international policy, a commitment by industry to more environment-friendly products and processes, and environmentally conscious behaviour by our citizens have to go hand in hand.'
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