Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Dare to Care International Convention: Pathway Launch 2021/22

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Good morning. Good afternoon. Good evening.

Welcome back to the Atomium.

Welcome back to Brussels and happy Europe day!

If you're joining for the first time

Im Febe and together with Theresa and Jean Marc,

we'll be your hosts for the third and final day

of the Dare to Care International Convention.

Time flies when you're having fun, right, Jean Marc?

Absolutely Febe, and how much fun and work we've had over the last few days.

We've discussed everything from migration to communication, art to economics.

We had the chance to travel around Europe and the world.

I went to local events in the Netherlands, Ireland,

the U.K, North America and Portugal.

There was another interesting event called Who cares?

They brought together Christian young people

from across Europe including Hungary, Romania and Greece.

It was super interesting to see the diversity of young people in Europe

especially given today is Europe Day!

Here in Belgium, we had a great event on how care can answer to the crises of today.

Michel Depuis gave us philosophical perspectives

to approach crisis to help us find those answers.

Other experts shared how they try to live dare to care

in the field of politics and local government.

There were many dare to care events in Belgium this year.

So we took time to look back on all the projects

that happened in the different local communities

for dare to care over the last year.

I also had the chance to connect to the webinar

A vaccine for all - the common good the world needs now.

What a powerful message of dare to care in this big challenge of our times.

Access to the Covid-19 vaccine for everyone around the world

is such a tangible and concrete way of living dare to care.

We call on European leaders here in Brussels

and all leaders around the world to truly make Covid-19 vaccines

accessible to everyone no matter where they are.

We commit ourselves to continue to push for vaccine access for all

and we'll keep you updated on our website and social media in the weeks to come.

So today we embark on a new phase of the dare to care journey

where we strengthen our focus on caring for the environment and the planet.

This journey is first and foremost about commitment,

taking responsibility, having courage, and stepping up to the challenge.

It's about caring for our planet.

So, we asked people on the streets of Brussels

what they do to look after our planet.

Here's what they said.

How do you care for the planet?

Yes, I always recycle.

If I have to drink water or something I just fit in the water in the same bottle.

I try not to buy plastics anymore, I use a reusable bottle.

I have a lot of friends who come from Italy,

they are immigrants and everything, so I always try to make them feel at home.

I eat less meat than before.

I try not to spoil food

and also be respectful towards nature like where I put my trash.

I try to speak about these issues with my friends.

I try to inform myself and inform other people as much as I can.

I sold my car, I only move by bike or train or bus.

I travel only in Europe now, I didn't take a plane for three years now.

I just don't buy anything new.

But we can only do so much.

And if the big corporations that are responsible

for most of the bigger picture of the problem

don't do anything, then we are just sold to having no solutions.

So yeah, I do many things.

I try to thrift more.

Planting trees, taking good care of our planet

because this is where we live, you know.

I am definitely trying to stay Covid-conscious.

Got testing again, I got the sanitizers for everyone in the dorms,

so I'm trying my best.

I sometimes do cleaning walks

to take up the trash from the ground,

with my friends and the scouts.

If we don't take good care of this planet,

in the long run, we will pay for this.

And so I participate to manifestation and stuff

and whatever I can do that has a green effect I'll do it.

I hope I follow the right thing for the society.

That's what they're talking about.

Lots of people in Brussels are committed and enthusiastic

about our ecological well-being.

We're absolutely not alone making this wave of change bigger and bigger.

A campaign like dare to care is made of thousands of commitments

individual and through communities.

In everything we do, we learn, act and share.

As we move to focus on integral ecology and care for our planet for the year ahead,

we will work on five different goals.

The first: Care to change, Care to Imagine,

Care to Reset, Care to Impact and finally Care to Connect.

We want this journey to help us to live more sustainably,

to slow down, imagine and contemplate the beauty of nature,

and be more connected to it.

Above all we want this care for the planet

to unite us and to bring all of us together.

You will hear more from the teams working on these objectives

in the weeks and months ahead.

But today we have something to get us started,

let's talk about the planet pledge.

It's a chance to start this campaign with a commitment

that each of us will take care for the next year.

You can pledge what you feel up to and as we move through our program today,

we'll be talking to people who have taken these commitments

both on an individual and community level.

These are amazing initiatives that can help us celebrate

this exciting next stage of our dare to care journey.

And they can inspire us to take our own commitments.

Let's start in Thailand! Ever heard of Lilly?

She's a 14-year-old climate activist and you will be blown away by her story!

I pledge to sort out my garbage, avoid long distance flights for a year

Only take 5 minute showers, I pledge to buy less plastic.

Hi my name is Lilly, Im an environmental and climate activist,

I work with a lot of big companies and the government

to reinforce policies that basically ban single use plastics in Thailand.

I would say I feel a responsibility almost,

so I became a climate and environmental activist

mainly because I see the damage that's happening to the earth

and the urgency of how and what we need to do in order to create change.

I think I received the Yunus Youth award a couple years ago

on social business in Bangkok,

and I was basically created to be an ambassador.

Not only is it recognizing that I as a person

have gone out of my way to do all these things

in order to create change for the environment,

and hopefully a better home for myself and future generations.

I feel like the recognition is good at times.

However, awards don't really win you health and safety as the environment.

Therefore, even though, I do have the award now

I still need to push for it, and I still need to go ahead

because awards aren't my end goal.

I think I started my activism at about eight years old

with just small things from talking to Cashiers at supermarkets

to calling in company hotlines to ask them to stop using single use plastics

and just talking to the government.

Small things, from not only talking to big change makers,

but also trying to change myself and my family, friends and people around me,

trying to spread awareness.

Small change is honestly better than doing nothing at all.

So I would say do the best you can

to cut down on the things that you don't eat.

Not only doing things physically, using actions,

like saying no to single use plastics when you're in a store

when it's unnecessary, and bringing your own reusable bags,

bringing your own reusable straws.

And also change mentally as well, think about how much you're consuming,

what you can do, open your mind, open your heart

to new things that you can do, being more empathetic and compassionate

towards the world and others,

because in the end a change in mindset is really key in order to change the actions

that are currently taking place over the world.

At times I would say it is fairly difficult to find hope,

especially because everything that you see every single day,

with all the climate emergencies and ice melting in the Arctic

to forest fires in California.

But usually I take pessimistic emotions and turn it into hope I guess.

I'm part of Fridays for Future, people being engaged with the movement,

and how it's so widespread all of the world has really given me hope as well

to see that so many young people, youth and adults all having similar mindsets

in order to demand change from the government,

and from the world and the world leaders in order to demand climate justice.

It makes me more positive and more hopeful for the future.

Throughout the year that I've done this,

it has honestly become a part of my life,

and all the progress that I've been doing,

When I think of that it, it allows me to be a little bit more motivated not to stop,

Lily, thank you and so many young people like you

for inspiring us to put care for our planet first.

Ill join Lilly in reducing my own single use plastic consumption this year

and in campaigning for more effective rules from our businesses and our governments.

We go from reducing to repairing,

to one of the thousands of Repair Cafes from all over the world.

We chat with Chris from the Repair Cafe in Belfast,

a city in Northern Ireland on the very edge of Europe.

You will see, her enthusiasm is contagious.

I'm sure some of you will think about starting a Repair Cafe

or joining one in your city, town or village,

during this dare to care campaign.

After Chris, Gen Verde, an International Performing Arts Group

and partner of the United World Project will sing for us, Turn Around

a song they made with young people all over the world.

Chris over to you.

I pledge to recycle more drive less with my car

Support more local businesses I pledge to re-use things more

So, my name is Chris McCartney, and I live in Belfast in Northern Ireland

and I'm involved in a project called the Repair Cafe Belfast.

So a Repair Cafe is a pop up community event

where people who have broken items can bring them along,

and we have volunteers who have skills in fixing things,

and we match them up and we fix a whole lot of stuff,

while sharing a lovely morning together.

There's been a lot of publicity about recycling and about conservation,

but one thing we maybe haven't tapped the full potential of

is the opportunity to reuse resources and repair what we already have.

Because every time we fix something,

we're keeping it going and we're avoiding all that extraction and all the resources

that would go into making something new to replace it in the first place.

So I just put a shout out on social media

to ask if anybody had heard of this idea of a repair caf,

and if anybody would like to get involved in setting one up here in Northern Ireland.

And all these people came out of the woodwork,

people I had never met before, complete strangers.

In about 10 weeks, we pulled together our very first event.

It was a wonderful morning.

About 20 people came and volunteered that first day.

None of us had ever set foot in a repair cafe before

though there are repair cafs all over the world.

But there have never been one in Northern Ireland

for us to go along and see it.

It was two weeks before Christmas, the snow and ice came that weekend

and we felt nobody would come,

but lots of people came and we fixed 43 things that first morning.

Somebody brought this toaster down, he had tried to fix it himself

he had taken it apart and had not been able to fix it

and not been able to get it back together.

So we arrived with this toaster in parts,

and one of our fixers got working on it

and we managed to get it, it felt that it was fixed

and we got to put it back together again.

He said if only we had a piece of bread, we could try this out!

So somebody said: we'll go to the kitchen!

We had prepared lunch for the volunteers, so we had a slice of bread,

we were able to rustle it up and we put the bread in the toaster,

and this group of people gathered around to watch,

and the excitement and the sense of emotional involvement

in this toaster working was just palpable.

And then, after a minute the toast pops and it was cooked

and it was again just that kind of really physical, tangible and touchable sense

that something had changed and something had been fixed

it was really a lovely thing that people are looking for.

We discovered that it was more than just fixing items

it was a really special atmosphere

and bringing people together to solve problems

and help each other and share their skills.

It felt really uplifting, and people were hooked

and we have gone from strength to strength since then.

It's not just getting something fixed, like ticking off a to do list,

it's a really joyful process and this sense that

restoring something physical can be quite restorative to yourself

and to our community as well because we're creating spaces

where people can come and be welcome.

I think of a time, just before the lockdown

that we were able to get together and celebrate with our volunteer team,

we had a little pizza party

and we celebrated having lifted our first 1000 items and tried to fix them,

we just thought it would be marking the occasion

and talking about all the wonderful things we'd fixed

and the events we have done,

in the part of a thank you to our partners.

But it actually became this really deep sharing

about how much the Repair Cafe means to people,

and I'm not going to lie, there were tears and poetry,

and one woman said that it hadnt suited her to come that night,

but she'd rearranged her week so that she could,

because that's how important that was to her.

She was a churchgoer herself,

and she said she had never found unity

like she found within the Repair cafe community.

Another person shared that she wasn't a churchgoer,

but this was her church, this sense of community

and this sense of being able to help each other restore not just our items,

but our relationships and ourselves and kind of really uplift each other.

What we thought was a project that was really about fixing things

and maybe making a contribution to tackle consumption and climate change

actually was about relationships,

and about community and bringing people together.

Turn, turn, turn around

Turn, turn, turn around

Once I spoke with an astronaut

Just came back from the moon with the stars in his eyes

He said: up there I learned a lot

Something changes inside when you see the Earth rise

Turn, turn, turn around

Turn, turn, turn around

Got no boundaries and no walls

That living breathing ball

Love is underneath it all

beneath the blue and green

connecting everything

Turn, turn, turn around

I met a girl, she was very young

yet she spoke burning words with a fire in her eyes

She said: Hey, something's really wrong

Deserts grow, people die while the oceans rise

She said: Can't you see the urgency?

You pretend that you care then you look away

You are trampling on our hopes and dreams

We can't wait for a change, got to start today

Turn, turn, turn around

You can feel it in the breeze

and touch it in the trees

You hear the waterfall

Love is underneath it all

It's running in the fields

and swimming in the deep

beneath the blue and green

connecting everything

Oh... yeah I believe it isn't too late to turn around

Oh... yeah I believe it isn't too late

too late, too late, too late

Turn, turn, turn around

Turn, turn, turn around

Come Creator Spirit

Fill us with your love

Guide us on the narrow road

to heal our common home

You can feel it in the breeze

and touch it in the trees

There beneath the blue and green

connecting everything

You can feel it in the breeze

and touch it in the trees

You hear the waterfall

Love is underneath it all

It's running in the fields

and swimming in the deep

beneath the blue and green

connecting everything

Oh... yeah I believe it isn't too late to turn around

Oh... yeah I believe it isn't too late

too late, too late, too late...

Turn, turn, turn around

Time to turn around

Turn around.

What a powerful message there from Gen Verde.

They're absolutely right.

This is a time to turn around, to do our part to care for the planet

and stop it from slipping further into climate catastrophy.

Now we go to the Philippines to Nicole Ann,

from the I am Climate Justice movement.

Nicole is part of a team of students, activists,

artists and high profile lawyers.

They seek climate justice

by pressuring governments to protect future generations from the climate crisis.

I pledge to eat less meat

switch to re-usable energy

By used goods on a regular base

I pledge to leave nature untouched during my travels

Hi, I am Nicole Ann Ponce, I am from the Philippines.

I am the Regional Coordinator for the I am Climate Justice Movement

which is now part of the umbrella organization

called World Youth for Climate Justice.

What we're trying to do

in the World Youth for Climate Justice is quite unique,

in the sense that we're not just advocating in general terms,

although we're always calling to action

for sustainability, for protection of the environment.

But the main gist of our campaign is that we're seeking an advisory opinion

from the World Court, which is the International Court of Justice

in Hague, Netherlands.

So we're actually trying to campaign for an actual document

that serves great authority and moral weight

from all governments in the world.

This involves the obligations of states,

especially in the face of the climate crisis.

Although there is an umbrella organization,

the World Youth for Climate Justice,

we want each individual from their different regions or countries

to take ownership over the campaign.

On my end, for example, on how I contribute to the campaign in general

is under the I am Climate Justice movement

where we have organized activities

such as the Food Gardens movement.

So this is important to address

because food has been a very serious issue in my country

especially because of climate change in general and the whole climate crisis.

We are very vulnerable to it.

The fact that we are visited by several typhoons in a year

which destroys much of our crops and even houses in general.

So, the climate crisis only worsens the inequalities in my country,

so the poor just become poorer.

And due to the global pandemic,

so many people are left hungry in my country.

So that's why we started the Food Gardens movement

which is a call to action from our government as well

to allow community gardens in each region of the Philippines,

in each province, so that there is a dedicated community garden.

The idea is if you have a garden then nobody will go hungry.

In the movement, we have the concept of

climate justice and intergenerational responsibility.

So even if people right now or in different parts of the world

don't feel the urgency because of where they are situated,

I ask you, I ask everyone to think about their future children

or think about their niece or their younger sisters and brothers.

And I think that's enough reason for them to take action

and to really care because if we don't do anything right now,

we will leave them with a world that will be inhabitable.

The whole issue of climate crisis

cannot be solved by people who are only affected by it.

We need every single person to dare to care.

If we want to reach as much people as possible,

then we really need to make use of social media.

And although it has some bad aspects to it,

I would like to focus on the good that it does as well.

My message for everyone that is watching right now is

that dont ever think that you are small or your actions are small

because you are important and everyone of us is important

and has an important role to play in this world

especially in our fight against the climate crisis.

No act is too small or too insignificant in this fight.

What's important is that the moment we dare to care about the world,

that's the moment we start making a difference.

Thank you Nicole Ann for your hard work and activism.

As a law graduate, I'm also fascinated by

how you have used the law as a tool to care for our planet.

Seems like we need to catch up soon.

Making farming regenerative and sustainable

is a key challenge that many countries around the world face.

Getting this right is a powerful way of caring for our planet.

Mateusz, a farmer from Poland,

is helping the COP26 Climate Change Conference

to think about ways we can make farming more sustainable.

For over a year, he has been working with the Economy of Francesco network

of economists, entrepreneurs and change makers,

to build a more sustainable and caring economy.

We ask Mateusz to tell us more about this challenge of sustainable agriculture

and how we can all get involved in supporting these in the year ahead.

Let's listen.

I pledge to adjust my thermostat

use energy-efficient light bulbs

use my bicycle more for short distance travels

I pledge to eat more plant-based products

Hi everyone, my name is Mateusz Ciasnocha

and I am a farmer from Poland.

Basically, my day is a mixture of working outside

which is less than what I wish to be doing right now,

and a lot of online activities

because of the coronavirus times that we are in right now.

From my perspective, it is necessary to be engaging

with this sector at numerous levels.

That's why I started by saying

Hey I am a farmer, and I am a farmer in a particular location of the world

which is very local.

And at the same time, I am super privileged to be working

at both European and global levels.

In order to comprehensively understand those topics,

and then be able to change altogether with people that I am working with,

to try changing those systems.

which leads me to tell you more a little bit about

the COP26 conference of the parties

or the 26th meeting of the conference of the parties,

which is an institution under the UN, United Nations structures

in which parties, member states are coming together to discuss very important issues.

That issue for COP26 is of course climate,

which we know is changing and that human induced activities

are contributing to this climate change going forward.

That's why the member states are meeting usually annually

they didnt meet last year because of COVID-19,

to review the latest state of knowledge or state of science

in the topic of climate change,

and propose solutions on how we should be moving forward as a global community,

in order to be both mitigating and adapting to climate change which is real.

And of course you may know, I hope you know about the Paris Agreement

which has been signed at one of those conference of the parties

that says we have to limit our greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050

if we want to achieve global warming increases of 1.5 degrees

above pre-industrial times.

So, I care for the planet first and foremost because I can.

I am in an extremely privileged position

to be able to make a difference to the way

the landscape I am managing as a farmer in Northern Poland is being managed

and with those other activities at European and global levels,

about how certain frameworks in which the whole industry operates

are also being created and implemented.

And I would like to share two other thoughts in this point.

You can care and you can dare to care.

It is the choice you are making.

And I understand totally and that sometimes it's super hard

but you have that choice.

There is no caring for people without caring for planet and vice versa.

You have to do both simultaneously.

If you are compromising on one of those, then something is not right

and we are also seeing that, us farmers.

If you are making money by negatively contributing to the environment,

this is not sustainable.

At the same time, if you only care about the environment

without providing for your family that's not sustainable either.

Good agriculture, regenerative agriculture, goes hand in hand with each other

meaning like the human and environmental component

are super connected and they go hand-in-hand.

My single biggest piece of advice, talk to your farmer,

find a farmer near you and talk with her or him

and I'm sure that experience will be enriching for both of you.

My second piece of advice, more on the commercial side,

would be buy local

if you have a choice between buying something

that is produced thousands of kilometers away

versus something that is produced locally.

Thank you Mateusz.

As someone who loves to cook, I'm going to make my commitment right now

to buying more locally and buying sustainably in the year ahead.

Good luck at COP 26,

and we hope to catch up with you again later in our Dare to Care campaign.

From Poland, we go to Burkina Faso to meet Jean Bernard and some of the team

from the Greening Africa Together network.

This network is a partner of the United World Project

and is supported by our promoters, New Humanity NGO.

The network aims to fight climate change, reduce carbon footprint,

support green developments and bridge cultural, religious, and social borders.

It's present in seven African nations:

Benin, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo,

Kenya, Senegal, Uganda and Burkina Faso.

It is there where we catch up with Jean Bernard, Miriam and the students

who installed sustainable energy sources in a middle school there.

Let's learn more about it.

I pledge to turn off the lights when not needed

make my own compost

turn off the tap when I'm brushing my teeth

I pledge to plant a tree

I'm Jean Bernard Sawadogo,

we had the opportunity in Rome to meet Lily

who created the project "Greening Africa together".

This project aims to green Africa together.

In this sense, we have submitted three projects

to Greening Africa Together since 2018.

The first project consisted in the electrification

of a polytechnic school in a rural area in Burkina-Faso.

The second project is a reforestation project

in a village in Burkina Faso some 40 km from Ouagadougou,

and the third project is the recycling of plastic waste.

If I take the electrification project from the Lyce Polytechnique de Farako Ba,

it consisted of a group of students from Burkina Faso

and the University of Berlin who worked on the project

for the planning of the school

which has eight classes and three administration offices

to define the quantity of solar panels, the quantity of cables,

the quantity of batteries and their qualities,

in order to be able to light and ventilate the classrooms.

About 60% of schools and high schools in Burkina are not lit,

it is the same for dispensaries and public health centers.

With this photovoltaic electrification policy,

we are creating autonomous centers,

and this project, if we have the means,

we will be able to relieve the sick in health centers and dispensaries,

and improve the working conditions of teachers and students in rural areas.

This project falls within the objectives of "Greening Africa Together"

because electrification with conventional electricity

implies increasing the production of CO2

and therefore polluting the environment.

The forestation project comes in the same direction

but with a specificity, a novelty.

Because we are used to carrying out reforestation campaigns

where trees are planted and sometimes we don't maintain them.

Our approach consisted in going to see the villagers of Kaonghin

and make the following proposal.

They said: "we want to plant trees, but we do not have the means".

We said, "If you're okay with planting and when you're going to plant,

you're going to take care of them,

we'll provide you with the plants and the means to protect them."

We came to an agreement and asked everyone what tree species they want,

focusing on medicinal, food and fodder trees.

And there you have it, they were able to define their needs.

We are currently carrying out a fundraising campaign

to have the means to pay for the trees, and will accompany them for the planting.

And everyone knows how many trees they have decided to take

and are committed to maintaining them so that they don't die.

The third project is a plastic waste recycling project.

Here we throw plastic waste on the ground,

many single use sachets, many water cans and bags.

And if nothing is done soon, our ground here will soon be filled.

This results in impoverishing crop soils,

and animals during the ovulation period, when they eat these sachets,

they die with the consequences.

If you are willing to support us,

our programs can re-green Africa together

you and us together, we'll be able to do it, even if from afar,

it is possible to give us a contribution so that we can do that, it would be great!

Thank you to all the Greening Africa Together team in Burkina Faso.

Go to their website to support their projects.

From 23 until 25 June, the Greening Africa Together network

will be hosting the CO2 Compensation Certificate Conference online.

More details are available on the United World Project website.

From Burkina Faso, we cross the Atlantic one last time

to the Amazon region to the small country of Guyana.

Joel is an economist who is working with indigenous communities in the Amazon.

These are some of the communities most affected by the impacts of climate change.

Joel tells how he collaborates with the indigenous communities in a mutual trust.

I pledge to be a conscious consumer

only buy meat and fish from sustainable sources

change to clean energy within the next 3 years

I pledge to only explore nature in a respectful and caring way

Hello everyone, my name is Joel Thompson, and I'm a Jesuit from Guyana.

For the last three years, I've been working with indigenous peoples

in the Jesuit mission of Guyana in a place called St. Ignatius.

Most of all work initially began with pastoral work,

but from speaking with people, we realized that there was a deeper need

and some of those needs are in terms of education

and most recently in terms of the environment.

My work has involved working with young people in Guyana

and it's really empowering them and informing them about environmental issues.

But in many ways, I've been the one learning from them,

rather than the other way around.

They have taught me a bit about what ecology truly means,

and what it means to care for our common home.

Indigenous peoples have been teaching me that the Earth is a gift

and they have also been teaching me that other people are gifts.

In my work with them, I listen to their struggles.

Many people share that they are very sad,

very disappointed in what's happening to the earth

because of illegal mining, many mining companies coming in.

And wherever there's is mining, of course as many of you know,

many human rights issues and abuses.

Some projects that we have going.

One is a quality bilingual education project

that's happening in three villages

and that is geared towards helping young children,

between age 3 to 5,

to learn and to grasp the world through their mother tongue

so not moving into English right away.

And that's very important for ecology,

because language captures a worldview

and if children are disconnected from their language at a very young age,

then they're disconnected from culture and disconnected from their world view.

Other projects that we have going include visiting the villages

and helping the young people to reflect on Laudato Si,

it's quite a big document, six years old by now,

it's helping them to appreciate what's happening in the world

and the part that they can play as guardians of the forest.

I think there's very much that we can learn from indigenous peoples.

So first I would say is this whole notion of gift, abundance, and also gratitude.

There's also a sense of respect for the environment.

If you've ever spoken to an Indigenous person

one thing they will tell you is that before you go to a new place,

or before you go to a waterfall, or if you want to even take a rock away,

we always ask permission from that place, from the guardians of that place,

to be there and to state your intention that you intend no harm.

Globalization is good,

but it means that we have put many times, western model before other cultures,

and we have forced them to try to adapt to that model.

We focus on young people because we want them to retain their identity,

many of them shared that they feel torn between their culture and language

and between being part of the new world.

But you can have both.

It's always both, and, you can have culture

and you can have well-being.

So I'm daring to care because I want the same for others,

I've experienced the beauty of nature and beauty of a unique culture,

and I want others to have that experience.

Well, I encourage you to do several things.

But one practical purpose for those in North America, those in the West,

would be to consume less meat.

Why is that so?

Because many of the areas in the world and especially this is in South America,

they are used for cattle ranching are done so illegally on indigenous lands.

So I think that is often driven by a demand of course in other countries

so if you'd like to be in solidarity with indigenous peoples,

I'd encourage you to not eat meat 24/7, so every day of the week.

So, reduce meat consumption, get to love nature,

get to spend more time outdoors, get to care.

It's very hard to work for something that you don't care for,

or that you don't love, so I think love is very important,

fall in love with the butterflies and with the roses,

then you'll be motivated to do something.

What is your planet pledge?

That's a good question.

Yeah I think everyone can change what they do.

I think there's always something that you need to change in your life.

I think I should buy less fast fashion.

I should try to buy vintage clothes or use a platform like Vinted.

Like you go to the supermarket,

and you want to buy some bread or something and it comes in the bag.

Buying vegetables that are in season

or not buying or eating a lot of meat

and being careful, whatever it is for the climate change of course

so recycling and stuff and using less.

I have family abroad so I need to take them the plane,

but I still try to do the best I can to use less means of transportation

to go by foot and on bicycle.

I don't buy too much clothes, I'm not so materialistic

so I don't see one thing which I really would change right now.

I think I was just through my work, my daily life

to act according to my principles and my values.

Maybe biological things, bio, and no plastic,

I think Im gonna try this when I'm gonna be a dad.

We've travelled the world to launch this new phase of the Dare to Care campaign.

We have heard of commitments and actions from all corners of the world

and even the streets here in Brussels.

We visited communities most affected by the impacts of climate change

and we have seen the need to care for our planet now.

The urgency of taking our responsibility in this moment is clear.

We invite you to join all of these amazing people over the next year

to commit to care for the planet, for nature, for our countryside.

This campaign continues straight after our livestream.

A group of teenagers from Italy

will help us turn these commitments into action,

that's coming up on our YouTube channel.

Then we will have a discussion on Care and COP26,

the upcoming climate change conference, which will take place in November

with activists and diplomats exploring

how care can make a difference at this important summit.

Finally, for today, we'll have the launch

of the Accessible Environments, Inclusive Societies project

which is being launched as part of our campaign.

But have we forgotten something? Oh yes.

What are our Planet pledges going to be for the next year?

Personally I want to save food from being wasted. And you Rita?

I pledge to be more mindful about my electricity consumption.

And I pledge to use more often reusable coffee cups.

Great!

And if you visit the website of the United World Project,

you can join us too,

give us your name, your country and your pledge - whatever you want to make!

And you can join us too,

a little tree will be planted on our virtual map

to mark your commitment.

On that webpage, you can add your events, initiatives and projects

to keep this #daretocare campaign going.

All that's left for us to say is thank you!

Thank you for joining us for the last three days.

We look forward to seeing you again soon online or in person.

Let's live this dare to care commitment for the planet

in these days, weeks and months ahead!

Let's do it together!

From the Atomium here in Brussels to wherever you are,

take care, keep safe

and lets dare to care for our planet together!

I pledge to continue to use bar soap.

I pledge this year to buy more stuff second hand, especially clothes.

I pledge to use water more responsibly.

I pledge to eat less meat and to support local business more.

I pledge to bank more sustainably.

Pick up litter on my walks.

I pledge to support local businesses.

I pledge to use public transport instead of my own vehicle.

I pledge to reuse rainwater.

We pledge to work together with local organisations

to pick up and recycle litter in our local area.

I pledge to use less single use plastics this year.

I pledge to care for nature

We pledge to plant trees and to use the car less.

I pledge to plant plants.

I pledge to plant more pollinator-friendly plants

sustainable in my environment,

to help increase our little bumblebee friends.

I pledge that I won't buy new clothes for the entire year,

and this pledge I will protect wholeheartedly.

I pledge to walk more and to use the car less.

I pledge to recycle better.

I pledge to use more reusable items and less expensive items this year.

I pledge to recycle better.

I pledge to eat less meat.

I pledge to use public transport, walk or use a bike

which I now have for the first time in about 25 years!

I would like to pledge for the planet the 3 Rs reduce, reuse and recycle.

And I would like to invite you all to do the same thing, will you?

Thank you for watching!

Good luck for the rest of the campaign!

#daretocare #planetpledge

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