Green Night 2016
SCW would like to thank our partners and friends for attending Green Night at Meta House Phnom Penh on 28 July 2016.
More than 100 people attended the event, playing SCW’s Eco Game, browsing the Book Stand and joining the film screening of “Our Forest – Our Future” followed by a short presentation of indigenous cultures by representatives from ethnic groups “Kavet” and “Brao”.
SCW successfully achieved its’ objective to (i) raise awareness on environmental issues in civil society and to (ii) actively engage civil society in environmental conservation and wildlife protection as well as (ii) to create a platform for networking on environmental topics.
The feature short film of the Green Night event, SCW’s “Our Forest – Our Future”, produced in cooperation with German NGO Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and the EU, documented how residents in rural areas mainly rely on natural resources for their livelihood. As natural resources are continuously diminished through deforestation, illegal logging and climate change, local people have to stand up for themselves. This film showed how the dedicated environmentalists of Save Cambodia’s Wildlife empower rural communities to support their actions.
The screening was followed by a short introduction of representatives from indigenous communities in Ratanakiri – Mr. Sala TRAV, “Brao” from Taveng Leu and Mr. Phea UON, “Kavet” from Kok Lak. They spoke about how deforestation, illegal logging and climate change affect them and their communities specifically.
Visitors also played an Eco-Game, where different types of food had to be matched with water consumption. The learning was that meat and other animal products use up to 20 times more water in production and plant based food. Additionally, different types of transport had to be matched with CO2 emission. Visitors could learn that using public transport is better for the environment than for example travelling by car. Based on the game, SCW staff could explain to visitors the dramatic deforestation rate in Cambodia, why it is so important to protect our environment and what specifically they could do.
The visitors also appreciated the SCW book stand. Top sellers were the children’s books with environmental education stories and The Atlas of Cambodia, an overview of the intercorrelation between natural resources and environmental management on specific topics like Biodiversity, Climate, Health, Education, Agriculture, Ethnic Minorities and Economic Development.