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The flight to the light

YES! – I was selected to the YES lab (Youth Encounter on Sustainability) and YPARD is partly supporting my trip. I believe the name of the lab wasn’t made by chance and I am inspired by the event.

YES is a two-weeks intensive lab, which takes place from 27th August till 8th of September in San Jose and Talamanca, Costa Rica. It has been operating since the year 2000 in different parts of the world with the goal to bring together a diverse group of motivated future leaders (university graduates and Ph.D. students) for learning, discussing and debating urgent questions of a sustainable future for mankind, in a global and regional perspective.

Myclimate, an international Non-Profit Foundation in Switzerland, organizes a lab in Costa Rica for youth agents of sustainable change. It is hosted by LEAD University and is supported by many partners-organizations, like Avina Foundation, the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), and ACTIS (Activating Talent in Sustainability), a spin-off organization of ETH Zurich.

What is it?

  • Lectures on climate change, circular economy, energy systems and sustainable business models
  • Excursions to the companies and institutions, banana plantation and a chocolate tour
  • 25 well-selected participants from different countries and all disciplines, that means a great opportunity for networking and experience exchange
  • Transdisciplinary work rather than in depth expertise in narrow field
  • Practical experience in the form of discussions, project work, creativity boosts and coaching

I am really excited by the fantastic chance that I was given and I would like to make the best of it.

While crossing the ocean, I am looking forward to meeting all participants and to know more about environmental challenges faced in different countries and to discuss the solutions.

What do I have today? 18-hours long day

What will I have tomorrow? An amazing journey towards unknown.

Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”

Picture credit: Iana Perevoshchikova