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Madrid: Going Green at World Youth Day

Alicia Ambrosio

Friday, March 11, 2011

World Youth Day Madrid will be a totally "green" event according to organizers. In Madrid Thursday  morning the Main Events department and Zeroemissions, a Spain-based company that specializes in making large world events emissions free, announced plans to make WYD eco-friendly.
Some of the initiatives aimed at making WYD environmentally friendly have never been seen at a WYD event before. At Cuatros Vientos, the airfield that will be the site of the Vigil and Closing Mass, a "recharging station" will be set up so pilgrims can recharge their cellphones, iPods, and other electronic gadgets. The twist is that pilgrims will have to hop on a bike to generate the electricity needed to top up their gadget's batteries.
As well organizers are planning a "green route" to get from downtown Madrid to Cuatro Vientos. The route will be designed to take pilgrims through parks and pedestrian walkways. The idea is the "green route" will make walking or cycling to Cuatro Vientos more appealing than taking the Metro or Bus and causing carbon emissions.
Of course some carbon emissions are inevitable so to offset that Zeroemissions will be purchasing Carbon Credits in several ecologically sustainable projects in New Caledonia, Honduras, Uganda, China, and Turkey.
WYD organizers pointed out this will be the first time that a WYD can say it is 100% Natural.
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