I got invited to the conference

How to preserve the nature with non-traditional methods?

Introduction

After the contest (which I should have covered here but didn’t) which was organised by the Pasaules Dabas fonds (WWF for Nature Latvia) and Tetra Pak Latvia, I received an email from the Turiba University. At first, I thought that it must be related to the contest in which I participated in. And as a matter of fact, it wasn’t. I must admit – this was the first time when University, reaches out for me to talk about the subject in which I am really interested in and I felt honoured to be recognised at all.

I was invited as a blogger and environmentalist

Content:

  • About the conference
  • My Speech
  • Participants of the laboratory
  • End-notes

About the conference

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It was satisfying to see my name on the door

 

The main title of the conference was “Communication in the Global Village: Interests and Influence” where various specialists spoke on the subjects seen in the program here. The whole conference was held in English because a big portion of the speakers and auditory were foreigners. Particularly I was invited to one of the laboratories – Culture and Environment Laboratory. Two others being – Business and Politics Laboratory and Law and Media Laboratory.

Unfortunately, Pauls Timrots couldn’t make it to the conference but we still had three people, including me, to speak on the matter “How to preserve the nature with non-traditional methods?” And two colleagues who spoke on “How globalisation has been affected by latest social & political events?”.

I was honoured to be accompanied by such colleagues as Uģis Rotbergs and Olga Miļičenko. I was the third speaker after both of them and to be honest, I was freaking out on the inside but I came off as calm on the outside. I had to overcome the fears on a personal level but I think that I did a good job after all (get acquainted with my speech below). Also, I was surprised that in the break few of the people in the auditory came up to me to talk. First time in my life I had a feeling that I might actually need a business card so it’s easier to introduce people to my blog.

After the break, two other of my colleagues – Faruk Karacan and Ilkhom Khalimzoda, spoke on the second topic during our laboratory. Their topic “How globalisation has been affected by latest social & political events?” raised some heated arguments about the whole immigrant situation in Europe.

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All the speakers of our laboratory. From the left – Our moderator Juris Millers; speakers – Ilkhom Khalimzoda, Faruk Karacan, Artūrs Brīdaks (me), Olga Miļičenko and Uģis Rotbergs

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My speech

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My presentation (Source: Facebook page)

These are the main points on which I focused:

  1. Involving young people – We should teach and encourage younger people. Encourage them to participate in events,  projects and such. Also, we should involve younger audience because they usually are full of interesting, innovating ideas.
  2. Volunteering job – (also from my personal experience in Estonia) During a WWF LV project in Estonia where I was involved, my Estonian colleague explained that they try to make it as natural as possible. For example, presenting it under a headline “Nature conservation holidays”. Using volunteering job as holidays and also as an opportunity to do something good. What exactly is volunteering job? In my opinion, it’s simple – you don’t get paid, but it gives you a different kind of value. That includes – new friends and contacts, like-minded people and more. And it is very important to show to the volunteers how they are helping and that they are helping the nature.
  3. Recycling – Pollution is a severe problem and we still need to work on it a lot. My proposal is that we should teach not only the younger audience but also older people. For example, they tend to believe some outdated information which might be based on false or incorrect research. One individual won’t make the difference but many of us – will. My proposal is that an interesting educational recycling program might work.
  4. Reusing waste – There are plenty of non-recyclable waste which ends up in our forests and most importantly – in our waters. It’s not an easy task to deal with the plastics and sadly, in water, based on studies, plastic decomposes to nanoparticles which then are eaten by marine animals. It affects not only marine animals themselves but also birds and land animals who eat marine animals. And most importantly – us, because we are responsible for what is happening and also because we are capable of making it all better. We need to put our heads together before it’s too late.

Participants of the laboratory

Thanks to Ilkhom I was able to understand where our foreign listeners came from. According to Ilkhom, there were two kinds of people – speakers & people who are interested in the topic; second – people who were the participants and organisers of the summer school “Perception of public interests: communication persuade” (more here). The summer school is a common project of Turiba University, Vilnius, Uppsala, Tallinn business and Tartu universities. The conference was linked to this summer school and as it turns out, the topic of our laboratory and their summer school is common.

The participants represented such nations as – Tajikistan, Turkey, India, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia, Finland, Nigeria, Sudan and possibly more.
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Our laboratory after the break. At the beginning, we were even in greater numbers

Endnotes

This was the first time in my life when I saw the Turiba University my own eyes. Some might say it’s not that close to the city centre as the other Universities tend to be but at the same time, it’s not that far. Easily accessible by public transport/-s. I was surprised how neat the University is and the whole event broadened my horizon, to be honest.

For some of my colleagues, the event was just another public speech. But for me, it was an opportunity and a great experience. I was glad to meet the foreign students and also I was glad to be a part of it and I hope in the future I got invited again.


 
Thanks to Ilkhom for helping me out with the details
and 
Thanks to Karolina for editing

P.S. Ilkhom was one of the organisers and speakers at the same time. Also, he is an executive committee member of IHSSI, lecturer and PhD candidate at Turiba University.

P.S.S. If you are affiliated with the conference and you saw an incorrect information, feel free to contact me and I will fix it.

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Author: Arturs

Blogger, environmentalist, adventurer, photographer, storyteller.

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