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Norwegians, Latvians, Games, Boats and Climate Change

On the 5 and 6 May 2010, students from Bjørnholtskole came together in Oslo with students from Latvia to to discuss ways of meeting the challenge of climate change.

They played the Future City Game to come up with solutions that could save the planet. Organised and run by Ungdomsbølgen together with the British Council, the event brought together 70 participants in 9 teams, including a teachers’ team.

The first day of the event was held at the school; the second day of the event was on the streets of Oslo, with final presentations taking place on a boat, the MS Innvik. The game was facilitated by local Norwegian Marte Sootholtet, together with the Latvian facilitator Viesturs Celmins. Ideas were presented to a panel of experts from Oslo city council, the head of a Social Enterprise company and a representative from a youth climate change organisation.

The winning idea was Green Teens, an education programme for teenagers in schools.

The event will be presented as a photo documentary in Kirkensbymisjon's (Church City Mission) widely read magazine.

To see photographs of the event, with superb views of Oslo's new opera house go to this website.