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The main aim of a Human Library is to enable people to meet, listen to each other, overcome fears and/or prejudices. On the 26th of June, SCI Switzerland organized a Human Library with refugee stories in one of Berne's transit centers for asylum seekers. The event was part of an "open doors day" where neighbours and interested people could come and visit the facilities and its inhabitants.

Photo by Janique BehmanParticipants at the 'Human Library with Refugee Stories' organised by SCI Switzerland, Berne, Switzerland (2016) photo by: Janique Behman

The SALTO South East Europe Resource Centre will be organising a European Volunteering Forum in Maribor, Slovenia, from 10 – 14 October and it would be great to have an SCI representative there! The forum will bring together around 50 participants from organisations that are actively involved in transnational volunteering - EVS as well as other programmes - coming from all over Europe and its neighbouring regions.

European Volunteering Forum

Today, August 12th our EVS volunteers Shane and Sathya visited the lush green and busy park near the SCI offices to discover the thoughts of the beautiful people of Antwerp as part of International Youth Day 2016. The theme for this year is "Youth Leading Sustainability" with a special focus on the 11th Sustainable Development Goal "sustainable consumption and production". The volunteers talked to 6 different people all with a variety of responses and ideas on a broad range of topics on education, the environment and sustainability.

Youth Day 2016Our Climate for Peace EVS volunteer Shane discusses questions on the topic of "Youth Leading Sustainability", Antwerp, Belgium (2016)

Are you French? Aged between 16 and 25? Passionate about peace and ready to give IT support to an international office while creating change through volunteering? Then don't look any further, we have the project for you!

International Secretariat

That's it.

Today we've used as much from nature as our planet can renew in the whole year and it's only August.

We use more ecological resources and services than nature can regenerate through overfishing, overharvesting forests and emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than forests can sequester. We must take immediate action and help reverse the trend of overshooting our planet’s resources. At the International Secretariat of SCI, we are planning to take a pledge to keep our office meat free! We are already on a mostly veggie based diet, but our decision would mean to keep our office meals, snacks and staff meeting lunches all meat free.

Earth Overshoot Day 2016

 

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