Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GVI Laos work smarter not harder for Moving Planet Action Day!

GVI Laos is thrilled to be participating in this year’s Moving Planet Day on 24th September.   Moving Planet aims to ‘be a day to put our demands for climate action into motion—marching, biking, skating—calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels. 

GVI Laos has opted to run an all day event by spreading the good word in Environmental Awareness, so each lesson hosting a GVI Volunteer that day will have an environmental message – litter and waste disposal awareness, reducing our reliance on vehicles, and what we can each do in our homes in Luang Prabang to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  This equates to some 25 hours or more of teaching to well over 100 community members!

The GVI team decided this was the way to go, because our project’s fossil fuel reliance is somewhat limited due to the propensity for staff and volunteers to walk or cycle as we go about our days.  Gas or open fire cooking is far more common than electric at most eateries we frequent, and the message of plastic use reduction is already well established on the project.   

GVI volunteers and staff will also conduct a rubbish collection day.  Happily, Luang Prabangians are frequently involved in village clean ups so GVI are glad to be able to contribute to community pride.