Green Week 2008 took place from 3 to 6 June. It took a closer look at the sustainable use of natural resources, focusing on waste management, sustainable consumption and production. The event provided a unique opportunity for debate, exchanges of experience and best practice among non-governmental organisations, businesses, various levels of government and the public.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior view of the Berlaymont European Commission building, with a banner of the Green Week 2008 "Only One Earth ? Don't waste it !" (2 shots)
||Exterior view of the Charlemagne European Commission building, with a banner of the Green Week 2008 "Only One Earth ? Don't waste it !" (2 shots)
||People collecting badges and accreditations for Green Week
||Arrival of Stavros Dimas, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, in the conference room for the opening session
||Stavros Dimas (in ENGLISH) saying that climate change and the loss of ecosystems are symptoms of a deeper underlying problem which is the unsustainable way that we are using up the world's resources
||General view of the speech by Stavros Dimas (4 shots)
||General view of the speech by Chris van Steenbergen, President Europe of Cadbury (4 shots)
||General view of the speech by Mathis Wackernagel, Executive Director of Global Footprint Network (2 shots)
||General view of the speech by Angela Cropper, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (2 shots)
||Stavros Dimas visiting the exhibition (2 shots)
||Stavros Dimas (in ENGLISH) saying that the sustainable production and consumption of products, the prevention of waste and the correct treatment of waste, are all necessary in order to preserve our precious resources and to secure our economies
||Angela Cropper (in ENGLISH) saying that each one of us, as individuals, can make a difference and can make a contribution to the change that we wish to see; we can be the change that we wish to see, in all sorts of ways
||Chris van Steenbergen (in ENGLISH) saying that business has to understand the challenges of society; and sustainability is all about human well-being; without well-being, a company would have difficulty to make business; so they are fully aware of the consequences of climate change; it has a real impact on the natural resources available; he thinks that they, as a company, can actually contribute to do the right thing by using less energy, switching to renewable energy, also by reducing water and reducing the packaging that they use
||Mathis Wackernagel (in ENGLISH) saying that humanity as a whole uses resources 25% faster than the earth can regenerate them; in other words, it takes a year and three months to regenerate what a man uses within one year; if everybody lived European life-style across the world, it would take two and a half planet leaving nothing left for other species